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Promoting Sexual Health in Primary Care - Level 6 - AC6657

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About this course

This course is part of Continuing Workforce Development for NHS practitioners. If you are interested in participating, please fill out the application form and gain authorisation from an appropriate decision maker within the NHS before sending it back to us.

Please note this module offers a variety of intake dates. Submit your application for the default month, which appears on the book now page, and indicate your preferred intake in the personal statement section from the date(s) listed in the information box on this page. Your programme support team will be in touch to confirm your actual start date in due course. For further queries, please contact us by emailing

This module aims to prepare primary care nurses to safely and competently deliver sexual health services, within professional, legal and governance frameworks in primary healthcare settings.

During the module, you will critically appraise current service provision to identify health priorities and opportunities to develop practice/service. You will also examine legal, ethical and professional implications that influence the sexual healthcare agenda.

The theoretical knowledge you will gain from the module will enable you to achieve clinical competency in the sexual health area.

What is sexual health?

  • Sexual health assessment
  • Contraceptive methods including LARC Emergency contraception
  • Pregnancy decision making
  • Common STIs and STI screening inc blood-borne viruses
  • Sexual dysfunction and psycho-sexual issues
  • Motivational interviewing/brief interventions relating to sexual health care
  • Safeguarding issues, under-26, CSE, sexual assault Female genital mutiliation
  • National cervical screening training (if required) can be undertaken during the course at no extra cost.

Although this module is not currently taking applications, if you have any queries please email our programme support team at

Learn from the Best

Module lead Karen Elton has over 30 years’ experience in clinical and managerial roles and is an ex-specialist nurse practitioner in sexual health.

Northumbria is the principal provider of nurse education in the North East of England and was named Nurse Education Provider of the Year (post-registration) for three consecutive years by Student Nursing Times.

We have excellent relationships with partner services in health, social care and social work and our range of CPD provision supports practitioners and managers to engage in professional learning and then examine how this can be integrated in the practice arena. 

Designed by a multi-professional team including Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Nurses, Midwives, Social Care Staff and Medical practitioners our range of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is tailored towards individuals who are driving and enabling practice development in NHS North East.


Teaching and Assessment


This module is delivered using a blended learning approach via a comprehensive e-learning support package and four days in university for lectures/seminars. Delivery of classroom sessions will be enhanced by local specialists in the field leading the sessions enabling the students to obtain authentic teaching and learning opportunities. You will learn through a combination of seminars, lectures, blended learning, discussions and clinical placements.

Summative Assessment

Summative assessment for this module will comprise of two components;

Part One: You will be required to critically analyse and reflect upon the health needs of your practice population, and associated outcomes from quality performance indicators to identify opportunities for the development of sexual health services within a primary care setting

Part Two: will require you to demonstrate safe and effective practice through assessment of competence in your workplace.


Learning Environment

This course is based at our Coach Lane Campus where you will have access to cutting-edge facilities with technology embedded through all aspects of your CPD course.


Research-rich Learning

Northumbria University has been ranked in the top quartile in the UK for research power in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing. Additionally, more than 80% of our research activity in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014).


Give Your Career an Edge

Completing this module will enable you to become a competent practitioner across the integrated spectrum of sexual health care provision. This will enable any nurse working outside of specialist sexual health services to provide a comprehensive service or signpost appropriately.


Your Future

This accredited module can count towards the BSc in Practice Development (20 credits)

Course info

Award Type Level 6

Sector Healthcare Public Health

Study Mode Intensive Course

Location Coach Lane Campus

Start April 2018

This course would suit Primary Care Nurses who wish to be able to deliver sexual health services.

You must be a registered primary care nurse and have previous evidence of level 5 study.

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