An exciting opportunity has opened for an enthusiastic, well-motivated Band 5 Sexual Health Nurse who has a keen interest to develop skills and experience in both GUM and Contraception to work across the East Lancashire Locality within the All Age level 3 services and Young Persons level 2 services in East Lancashire .
The successful candidate will be based within Sexual Health Services at the Acorn Health Centre in Accrington and will work in community clinics throughout East Lancashire Community Clinics in the East Lancashire Locality.
We would like an individual with excellent communication skills who enjoys working as part of a team and teaching others.
The post holder will work as part of the Sexual Health Services team, providing care to patients requiring testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections and / or requiring contraception.
Sexual Health Services offer clinics both during the day (Monday to Saturday) and in the evenings (latest clinic finishes at 20:00). There is anexpectation that the successful candidate will work across these sessions on a Rota basis.Main duties of the job
They will provide sexual health advice, education, asymptomatic screening and treatments to patients in a supportive confidential environment, recognising when to refer a problem onto a Doctor or Senior Nurse within the service. This will include undertaking partner notification in line with BASHH guidelines to reduce to spread of infection in the community.
Perform venepuncture, in line with Trust Policy.
Issue prescribed medication as requested by medical staff and non-medical prescribers and offer relevant/necessary advice to patients.
Provide sexual health advice to patients following a positive STI diagnosis, initiate treatments as per Patient Group Directions and implement partner notification measures as per local guidelines.
Administer vaccinations and immunisations (e.g. Hepatitis A/B and HPV vaccines) in conjunction with clinical protocol and Patient Group Directions
Provide sexual health information, advice, teaching and support to patients enabling them to select and use a method of contraception suited to their needs.
Follow agreed clinic protocols and patient group directions, to supply emergency contraception, and re-issue combined oral and progesterone only contraceptive methods and Depo-Provera injections, checking the relevant histories in relation to these methods previously undertaken by senior staff in the service.About us
Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is ideally situated just a forty five minute drive from Manchester. The Trust provides services to the 440,000 residents of Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre and North Lancashire, as well as specialist tertiary care for Cardiac and Haematology patients.
As one of the United Kingdom's largest coastal resort, Blackpool has plenty to offer its residents - it's not just a good place to work it's a great place to live
. In addition to its bustling centre and historic seafront, the town is world famous for its many attractions, including the famous Blackpool Tower. Blackpool also offers a number of scenic cycling routes round our local parks and across the surrounding countryside, as well as boasting panoramic views of the coast on its picturesque Promenade. Further afield, Blackpool also benefits from less than three-hour connections via rail to Edinburgh in the north and London in the south.Job descriptionJob responsibilities
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
To undertake sexual health histories, including the assessment of asymptomatic patients, offering appropriate tests as per clinic guidelines.
To perform venepuncture, in line with Trust Policy.
To issue prescribed medication as requested by medical staff and non-medical prescribers and offer relevant/necessary advice to patients.
To provide sexual health advice to patients following a positive STI diagnosis, initiate treatments as per Patient Group Directions and implement partner notification measures as per local guidelines.
To administer vaccinations and immunisations (e.g. Hepatitis A/B and HPV vaccines) in conjunction with clinical protocol and Patient Group Directions
To provide sexual health information, advice, teaching and support to patients enabling them to select and use a method of contraception suited to their needs.
To follow agreed clinic protocols and patient group directions, to supply emergency contraception, and re-issue combined oral and progesterone only contraceptive methods and Depo-Provera injections, checking the relevant histories in relation to these methods previously undertaken by senior staff in the service.
Support the Senior Sexual Health Nurses to maintain a high level of service to patients in the absence of a Doctor and referral to alternative clinics/agencies as appropriate.
To ensure excellent documentation of patient care in the electronic patient records.
Act as the patients advocate at all times and promote their privacy, dignity and modesty during the clinic visit.
Assess patients under the age of 16 using Fraser Guidelines adhering to local Safeguarding Policies with referral to appropriate agencies as needed (i.e. Safeguarding team, Social services, Family protection unit, Police).
Be responsible for the continuity of patient care during their clinic visit.
Participating and Co-operating with the multi- disciplinary team in all aspects of patient care, arranging any necessary after care/referrals that may be required e.g. Termination Services, Counselling and the SAFE Centre.
Provide health education and promotion of health and prevention of illness with regards to all areas of sexual health including condom demonstrations and condom usage advice.
Maintaining stock levels within the clinical area (which include medications/vaccines) and prepare clinical rooms ensuring equipment and supplies necessary to offer optimum treatments are available and set-up correctly.
Maintain the safe custody of drugs in accordance with the Trust and NMC policies/guidelines.
Monitoring the standard of cleanliness and adhere to infection control policies at all times.
Reporting of untoward incidents, accidents and complaints to the Team Leader/Senior Sexual Health Nurse and complete necessary paperwork relating to these.
Participation in audit/clinical governance issues such as record keeping, patient satisfaction. Maintaining and monitoring any requested details. Implementation of any actions required following audit with the aim of improving quality of services.
Participating in the teaching of other health professionals (to include junior staff and pre and post registration students) and other agencies as required.
Formally assess educational programmes of pre and post registration students.
Undertake Performance Development Reviews (PDRs) with staff up to and including Band 4
Work closely with the Team Leader and Specialist Nurses in assisting in Nurse Led Clinics in a variety of settings following agreed protocols and PGDs
Establishing good communication with colleagues and clients, their partners and relatives mindful of confidentiality ensuring complaints procedure is available and followed.
Ensuring that accurate and contemporaneous records relating to the patient care are in line with the Trust record keeping policy and the Data Protection Act 1984 using either paper based or electronic patient records.
To code all clinical care provided (e.g. SHRAD, GUMCAD) and assist with local and national data collection of clinical information reports.
To be aware of the confidential nature of the service and work within the legal responsibilities as laid down in the Venereal Diseases Regulations 1974 and the NHS Trust Act 1991.
To maintain professional relationships with all medical, nursing and clerical staff.
Participation in relevant service meetings and training. Raising of relevant issues and cascading information to colleagues.
Participation in induction/study days, seminars, courses etc. for individual development and the benefit of the service in line with Personal Development Programme.
Maintain your own professional and personal development, attending mandatory training as required.
To participate in regular clinical supervision and the PDR process.
Observe and adhere to all Trust Policies and Procedures.
Adhere to the NMC Code: Standards of Conduct, Performance and ethics for nurses and midwives at all times. Please ensure you have read the attached job description and person specification before submitting your application.Person SpecificationExperience and knowledgeEssential
- Evidence of ongoing professional development
- Multi-disciplinary working
- Knowledge of data protection acts
Education and QualificationsEssential
- Experience of working in nurse led clinics and working to PGDs
- Evidence of working with young people and under 16's
- Experience of clinical audit
- First level Registered Nurse
- ENB R71 or equivalent contraceptive course
- Specialist course or in-house training in STI screening.
- Mentorship / assessment module / training
Skills and abilityEssential
- Ability to work on own initiatives within professional limitations and as part of a team
- Evidence of good communication abilities
- Open and honest
- Car owner/driver and possess full UK drivers license and able to visit various clinical locations as and when required
- Able to perform venepuncture
- Computer Literate
- Ability to respond to pressure and to prioritise workload
- Good working knowledge of Clinical Governance agenda
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Employer detailsEmployer name
- Ability to independently undertake genital examination and screening tests in both male and female patients including cervical cytology
- Basic microscopy skills
- Basic knowledge of sexual health
- Knowledge of National and local sexual health strategies
- Ability to Mentor Students
Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation TrustAddress
Acorn Health Centre
421 Blackburn Rd
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