Sexual Health Advisor / Associate Sexual Health Advisor

Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year per annum, pro rata - Band 6 considered depending on experience
Closing date
4 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
This role could be a Band 5 Associate Sexual Health Advisor or a Band 6 Sexual Health Advisor depending on experience.

We have an exciting opportunity to join the busy and friendly Health Advisor team at the iCaSH Lime Tree Clinic in Cambridge.

We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic Sexual Health Advisor to join our team in Cambridge. The successful applicant will need to demonstrate experience in Sexual Health and Contraception and ideally have proven experience of sexual health advising.

We also encourage applications from anyone with relevant experience looking to start their career in sexual health advising and who is willing to train, initially starting as a association sexual health advisor.

You must have a strong team-working ethic, as well as experience and skills relating to sexual health, audit, research, training, education and service development.

The position is full time (37.5 hours), but we will consider a job share for the right candidates.

Please note that should we receive a high number of applications, we reserve the right to close the advert earlier than advertised

Main duties of the job

To manage a caseload of patients requiring Sexual Health Advisor contact within the service.

To provide advice, support, information, education, treatment and health promotion to patients diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infections such as chlamydia, gonorrhoea, herpes, syphilis, HIV and hepatitis B & C.

To manage and oversee the results of tests undertaken within the service and carry out robust partner notification, to ensure the attendance and treatment of contacts.

To initiate and participate in clinical audits

To initiate and participate in service development and research, and demonstrate a commitment to clinical governance

To provide advice and support to clinical colleagues about delivering best practice to HIV

To support the safeguarding lead in their activities

About us

Rated 'Outstanding' by the Care Quality Commission, we are proud to provide high quality innovative services across most of the east of England that enable people to receive care closer to home and live healthier lives.

There's one reason why our services are outstanding - and that's our amazing staff - who, for the seventh year running, rated us incredibly highly in the national staff survey.

If you share our passion for innovative and high-quality care delivery, then please submit your application and join us on our exciting journey as a leading-edge specialist community provider. All are welcome to apply and our promise to you is a culture which prioritises staff engagement and development.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust provides Integrated Contraception & Sexual Health (iCaSH) across Bedford, Cambridgeshire, Milton Keynes, Norfolk, Peterborough and Suffolk.

The service delivers care specifically to meet the needs of its diverse population. The Cambridgeshire service is community based with three main clinics in Cambridge, Huntingdon and Wisbech, providing contraception, sexual health and HIV care and treatment.

The applicant will work within the Sexual Health Advising team in Cambridgeshire delivering patient care in the Cambridge clinic, working closely with our clinics in Huntingdon and Wisbech.

To provide advice, information, education, treatment, and counselling to patients diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection such as chlamydia, gonorrhoea, herpes, HIV, syphilis and hepatitis.

To participate in the management of the results of tests undertaken within the service and carry out partner notification, ensuring the attendance and treatment of contacts, with support of the Sexual Health Advisor.

To participate in provision of a vaccination and recall programmes for all eligible patients in relation to Sexual Health (where appropriately trained).

To safeguard and promote the welfare of children, young people, and vulnerable adults.

To participate in providing a safe environment whereby patients can discuss their concerns and ask questions.

Under supervision and with support from the Sexual Health Advisors, provide information and health education for patients diagnosed with sexually transmitted infections, providing support and onward referral and/or signposting as required.

To participate in the process of partner notification/management for patients, in order to encourage with index case consent, the attendance of all potentially infected sexual contacts to a sexual health clinic.

Participate in the assessment of factors which might negatively affect a patients sexual health and refer and/or signpost to appropriate specialist services e.g., psychology/ psychiatry, alcohol and drug services.

Always ensure that the patients identity and the confidential nature of the information obtained is respected in accordance with the sexually transmitted disease regulations and NHS and Trust policy.

Participate in the recall of clients with untreated infections or those in need of follow-up and/or test of cure by letter, telephone, or text. To exchange relevant information about clients and contacts with other sexual health clinics as necessary.

To be competent in the management of under 18-year-olds and vulnerable adults working within Fraser Guidelines and liaising with and referring to the multi-disciplinary team & safeguarding services as appropriate

With support from the Sexual Health Advisors, take sexual histories from patients as appropriate and refer on to relevant individuals in the multi-disciplinary team.

With support from the Sexual Health Advisors, provide pre-HIV test discussion for high-risk patients as appropriate.

To supply treatments and/or vaccinations to patients as prescribed after appropriate training and competency sign off.

To perform phlebotomy as required in accordance with Trust and Departmental guidelines or undertake phlebotomy training.

Maintain accurate patient records, ensuring all entries are dated, signed and designation recorded as in accordance with the Trusts policies and procedures. Participate in submission of clinical data as required, to enable accurate reporting to meet internal local, national, and commissioned requirements.

To work alongside the HIV specialist team, providing clinician and patient support (where commissioned).

To work within SSHA guidance e.g., Code of Ethics, Code of Conduct, Guidelines for Good Practice, PN Policy.

Support the management of patient complaints, concerns, and incidents as necessary and ensure the correct procedures are followed under guidance from the Clinic Manager and Sexual Health Advisors.

Ensure any risks or incidents are reported promptly, accurately and via the Trust electronic incident reporting system.

Be involved in any quality assurance initiatives within the clinic and ensure that all actions are carried out within the Trusts policies and procedures.

To continue professional development and training by attendance and contribution at relevant clinic/ Trust/ regional/ national meetings, seminars, workshops and conference, sharing knowledge gained, at clinic level.

To be aware of the ethical, professional and legal frameworks that underpins practice.

To attend departmental and Sexual Health Advisor team meetings.

To work within the competency framework and agreed timescales for the progressive training post of Associate Sexual Health Advisor.

To work within the Society of Sexual Health Advisors (SSHA) guidance.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • Registered Nurse or Midwife (NMC) or Equivalent level of degree eg: Social Work Public Health Psychology
  • Post registration mentorship course or willingness to undertake


  • Independent Prescribing Qualification
  • Post registration specialist course in sexual health or sexual health advising



  • Experience of working in sexual health (Contraception, GUM, HIV or equivalent)
  • Able to demonstrate competency in supply of treatments by Patient Group Directions (PGDs) or willingness to undertake
  • Able to work autonomously and as part of a team
  • Ability to educate users/patients, staff, other professionals, statutory & voluntary agencies
  • Evidence of continuous professional development & clinical competence
  • Experience of working within a Clinical Governance framework.
  • Evidence of collaborative working
  • Ability to meet deadlines


  • Experienced in caring for people living in difficult and chaotic social situations
  • Experienced in working effectively with allied health services and third sector organistaions
  • Experience of research and audit
  • Counselling experience
  • Experience of performing presentations to internal and external audiences
  • Experience of leading a team and managing their day to day activities to ensure smooth running of a service
  • Proven experience of innovative practice



  • Specialist clinical knowledge in sexual health and/or related specialties.
  • Able to work autonomously, under stress, prioritise & manage workload
  • Computer / IT Literate
  • Sensitivity and confidence when handing sensitive and complicated diagnosis, social and care issues.
  • Excellent organisational skills and ability to work autonomously and also able to work as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Able to work without constant supervision
  • Competent in phlebotomy (or a willingness to undertake training)
  • Good communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills
  • Open non-judgemental attitude


  • Has a proven ability to work in a sexual health contexts with adults and young people
  • Demonstrates skill in teaching and supervision of students and carers
  • Leadership skills and the ability to motivate others and demonstrate honesty and integrity
  • Motivational skills

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust


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