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Resources for Healthcare Services

PDF Resources

Click here to take a look at our guide produced in collaboration with Brook to mark Sexual Health Week 2022. We want everyone to feel comfortable and supported when accessing sexual health services so this guide offers helpful tips for healthcare professionals providing care to survivors of sexual violence and abuse.

If you are a survivor who would like to find out what you can do to help feel more comfortable and confident to attend sexual health appointments we have a resource for you here.

Click here to take a look at our cervical screening guide produced in collaboration with The Eve Appeal to help healthcare professionals support survivors of sexual violence and abuse who may be feeling particularly anxious about their appointment.

If you are a survivor who would like to find out what you can do to help feel more comfortable and confident to attend cervical screening we have a resource for you here.

Patient Information Cards
PLEASE NOTE: We do ask that if you offer these cards in your department, that you make sure that all staff in the department are aware of them and know how to respond when presented with one before they’re offered to patients (this can be done via a staff meeting or something similar).

We are offering trauma-informed information cards to patients, produced as part of the #CheckWithMeFirst campaign from The Survivors Trust. Based on feedback from both survivors and healthcare professionals, we created our patient information cards for survivors to take to appointments to help inform their healthcare practitioner that they may require some small adjustments to their care and a trauma-informed approach. We hope that these cards will help to empower survivors and make appointments that are potentially anxiety inducing, a little more comfortable.

These cards can be downloaded to be printed off or saved to a phone. We also have a limited number of pre-printed copies which we can send out if your department does not have the capacity to have them printed.
We recommend displaying the cards in a very visible area (such as reception or in a waiting room) next to the A4 promotional posters which can be found here, so that they are easily accessible before an appointment or prior to seeing a clinician. If you have any questions, please email us and we will be happy to help.
Non-branded Trauma Information Cards

We offer non-branded cards which do not mention sexual abuse or assault for survivors who do not wish to disclose that or do not feel comfortable doing so. We have two types of non-branded patient information cards. The smaller ones which give general information and advice to healthcare practitioners are available here, and larger ones which provide additional space for survivors to specify these adjustments in more detail are available here.

Non-branded Trauma Information Cards
The Survivors Trust Branded Trauma Information Cards

We also offer The Survivors Trust-branded cards. We have two types of branded cards. The smaller ones which give general information and advice for healthcare practitioners are available here, and the larger cards which provide additional space for survivors to specify these adjustments and go into more detail, if they wish to, are available here.

The Survivors Trust Branded Trauma Information Cards

There are 4 different cards in total, as we wanted to provide survivors with as much choice as possible. We have two types of patient information cards available; branded and non-branded. Our branded cards feature our logos and mention sexual abuse, and our non-branded ones do not.

Both types of information cards come in a larger format with space to provide specific triggers and adjustments if the patient wishes to, and a smaller format which gives general advice instead. The smaller (general) cards are standard business card size (85x55mm), and the larger (specific) cards are A6.

For more useful resources, email nhs.checkwithmefirst@thesurvivorstrust.org to find out how you can get involved in the project.