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Promoting Sexual Health in Primary Care - Level 7 - AC7074


About this course

This module is commissioned by Health Education England as part of its continuing workforce development (CWD) portfolio. This course is aimed to support any registered practitioner to provide sexual health care and advice to clients whilst not working at a specialist sexual health practitioner level. If you are interested in participating, please complete the online application form and gain authorisation from your Line Manager and your Trust Training Coordinator. If you are working in general practice the online application must be authorised by your line manager and/or your practice manager. There is no need to have a training co-ordinator from the CCG authorise your application.

To apply please make a note of the module start month, click on book now and choose the application for the correct starting month. Once your application is complete we will contact you in order to confirm whether or not you have been allocated a place. If you receive a place you will be emailed an official offer letter, you will need to respond confirming your place within 10 working days.

If you have any questions or queries about this module please contact us via email at or call (0191) 4060901.

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.

Content Overview:

  • What is sexual health and illness

  • Sexual health assessment and inequalities in the UK

  • Intervening using motivational interviewing/brief interventions

  • Legal, professionaland ethical considerations within sexual health provision

  • Contraceptive methods including LARC and Emergency contraception

  • Pregnancy decision making

  • Common STIs screening including blood-borne viruses, withthe associated aetiology and management options for each infection

  • Sexual dysfunction and psycho-sexual issues

  • Sexuality, diversity and equality-LGBT and transgender patients

  • Safeguarding issues, under-26, CSE, sexual assault Female genital mutilation

  • National cervical screening training (if required) can be included during the course at no additional cost

Delivery Dates:






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. Karen is supported by colleagues across the academic and clinical arena to deliver this module, ensuring contemporaneous evidence and practices throughout the module.

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, giving you access to authentic teaching and learning opportunities. You will learn through a combination of seminars, lectures, blended learning, discussions and clinical placements. As the module delivery is intensive, any sessions that you are not able to attend, are your responsibility to ensure you receive the information missed. Throughout the module there is a formative workload associated with the completion of the elearning package. This is structured to a timetable within the module, but will need to be completed outside of your university study days.

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, or placement area (if this is not possible in your own 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.


Course info

Award Type 20 Credit, Level 7

Delivery Method Blend of Seminars, Lectures, Blended Learning, Discussions and Clinical Placements

Sector Health, Sport and Social Care

Study Mode Part Time

Location Coach Lane Campus

Start 7th January 2020

Duration 6 months

This NHS Continuing Workforce Development 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.

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

Level 7:

1. Critically appraise  the health needs of their  practice population, public health priorities and service provision

2. Critically analyse outcomes from quality performance indicators and identify opportunities for service development

3. Demonstrate clinical competence in meeting diverse sexual health needs, working within local and national governance frameworks at Levels 1 & 2

4. Determine interventions for effective holistic care provision, including  addressing risk taking behaviours ,  contextualising  the attitudes, values and beliefs which may impact upon the delivery of sexual health care

5. Critically reflect on the ethical, legal and professional implications that influence the sexual health care agenda

This is a funded CWD module, or self-funding is available.

If you have any questions or queries about this module please contact us via email at or call (0191) 4060901.

Please register your interest for this course and we will be in touch once we have confirmed dates.

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