SHIP training is an educational programme originally conceived nearly 20 years ago by a Birmingham GP, Dr Philippa Matthews, and her colleagues Judith Mullineux and Rita Ireson. For over fifteen years SHIP successfully delivered sexual health education to many primary care clinicians and teams across Birmingham. Latterly it was funded by Public Health England and was based in the Heart of England Foundation Trust (HEFT). SHIP started delivering training in London in 2008 in collaboration with a range of other organisations including Haringey Public Health and MEDFASH as well as the South East London Sexual Health and HIV Network.
When working in new areas, SHIP aims to identify and train new peer educators, who will often act as catalysts for change in their own practices as well as in other local contexts.
After HEFT sexual health stopped operating in 2016 and MEDFASH closed in December 2016 we set up SHIP community interest company (not for profit organisation) in order to continue developing and delivering SHIP teaching.