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Senior Sexual Health Advisor

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,058 a year
Closing date
6 Dec 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
South Tyneside and Gateshead sexual heath team has an exciting opportunity for a passionate and committed Senior Sexual Health Advisor. The post is full time and will be based between Gateshead Sexual Health Service in Trinity Square Health Centre and South Tyneside Sexual Health Service at Palmers Community Hospital. We are looking for a candidate who has substantial previous experience as a sexual health health advisor within an integrated sexual health service and who can demonstrate outstanding clinical, communication and leadership skills. There will be a high degree of autonomy to give oversight to clinical services, providing management and leadership. Candidates should be experienced in managing partner notification services.

We are a friendly, community based, multi-disciplinary team, committed to delivering high quality, integrated sexual health care for the local population. The post-holder must be committed to the sensitive delivery of evidence based sexual health care for our service users, which includes both contraception, genitourinary medicine and partner notification services. The post holder will work as part of the wider sexual health team and have line management responsibility for junior staff members. They will be required to liaise with clinical colleagues and partner agencies regularly to support effective running of the clinic and provide an excellent service for our patients.

Main duties of the job

The sexual health service is part of the community directorate within South Tyneside and Sunderland Foundation Trust.

The successful candidate will be a registered nurse with the NMC, with extensive previous experience of working as a sexual health advisor.

Working autonomously, providing patient management/partner notification and to train/educate other practitioners.

Maintain and respect strict confidentiality standards for service users.

Maintain a sensitive and non-judgemental approach when working with service users.

Lead on and implement partner notification services, contributing to Public Health Policy.

Able to work effectively as part of the wider sexual health team and demonstrate excellent communication skills.

Provide effective management for the team of health advisors and contribute to the overall management leadership and governance of the sexual health service.

The post holder may be required to work evening duties.

The post holder will be required to travel to outreach clinic locations and for meetings as necessary.

About us

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One Team One Trust - There are many reasons to work at our Trust. From our commitment to putting people first to our accessible services and award winning teams. We have a passion for research, innovation and tackling inequalities. We are committed to respect, fairness and civility and promote a compassionate, caring and positive culture / working environment.

We welcome all applications irrespective of peoples race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion/belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups. Looking after our workforces health and wellbeing is a priority for STSFT. We also provide access to high quality education, training, career progression and support. Flexible working is supported via the Trust's Flexible Working Policy.

The Trust employs around 8,300 people and provides a range of hospital services to a local community of around 430,000 residents. We also provide a range of more specialised services outside this area, in some cases to a population as great as 860,000. We offer our staff outstanding benefits - Fitness Centre (SRH), libraries at both hospital sites, chaplaincy support and access to a Childcare Co-ordinator to help staff with childcare arrangements.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job Description for full details

To drive and contribute to performance management and the governance of sexual health services.

To provide clinical leadership, working autonomously providing patient management/partner notification and to train/educate other practitioners.

To support and develop service provision and modernisation of an integrated model of sexual health care.

Lead on and implement partner notification services across the Trust, contributing to Public Health Policy.

To reduce transmission of STIs by providing evidence based care and to improve the sexual health of the community.

Provide specialist advice, support and education in sexual health and HIV/AIDS to professionals and the public.

To provide leadership contributing to staff management and development.

To contribute to pathway and systems development for the Sexual Health Services.

Management of clinical sessions and clinical staff.

Implement and develop partner notification services.

Management and development of care pathways for STIs/HIV across STSFT.

This post involves community visits and wider public health responsibilities for the containment and reduction of infection.

To give, and ensure others give, highly sensitive care management and ongoing support to service users.

To provide highly specialised and expert advice to the public and professionals.

To provide emotional support/psychological interventions, additional to a clinical consultation and to ensure that the health adviser team is equipped to do so.

Using change management skills to ensure all staff are working as a team within agreed policy and procedures.

To work autonomously at registered practitioner level, to include patient management, assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and partner notification processes, working within agreed guidelines/ PGDs.

To lead on and support staff with safeguarding concerns and to facilitate regular peer group supervision.

To deliver education/training/presentations/ audit findings.

To provide supervision and appraisal for clinical staff and ensure statutory mandatory training compliance.

Prioritise workload, ensuring untreated infections and their consequences are minimised and balanced with the pressure on the service.

To implement triage procedures during busy clinics, making judgments regarding workload and capacity.

To have a commitment to health promotion and prevention issues and to be contributing to a local strategy.

Responsibility for off duty and clinic cover of practitioners.

Work within legal and professional framework at all times.

To ensure clinical governance is complied with to implement audit and identify areas of risk for this service and the Trust.

To assure information governance and inform asset owner of any breach, or areas for improvement.

Research and audit contribution, report writing and presenting findings to the team.

Utilise an electronic patient record and working towards a paper light environment.

To role model compassionate and inclusive leadership in order to shape the creation of a collective leadership culture within the Trust. This means demonstrating a consistent leadership style which (a) engages, enables and empowers others (b) uses coaching to promote ownership of learning and quality improvement and (c) facilitates team working and collaboration within teams / departments and acrossorganisational boundaries.

Person Specification



  • Extensive post registration experience some of which will be at a senior level within the required specialist area of practice.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development.
  • Experience of leading a team.
  • Experience of implementing change management.
  • Evidence of practice development.


  • Knowledge of or experience in coaching.
  • Knowledge of or experience in Quality Improvement tools, techniques and methods.



  • Current 1st level NMC registration.
  • Degree in nursing studies or relevant clinical degree (UK equivalent)
  • Practice assessor training or demonstrable equivalent experience.
  • Health adviser education SCPHN registered, or Health Adviser modules/sexual health pathway.
  • Registered with the NMC as an independent and supplementary prescriber, or shows a willingness to complete.


  • Masters level study.
  • Counselling accreditation, to at least Certificate level.

Skills & Knowledge


  • Proven IT skills including PowerPoint, Word and Outlook.
  • Effective presentation/report writing skills.
  • Knowledge of current professional and clinical governance issues.
  • Knowledge and participation in research and clinical audit.
  • Knowledge and experience of handling complex relationships and interpersonal dynamics.
  • Proven interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to assess, deliver, evaluate and benchmark quality care.


  • Knowledge of or experience in coaching.
  • Knowledge of or experience in Quality improvement tools, techniques and methods.

Physical Skills


  • Developed physical skills with a need for accuracy to undertake for example: Venepuncture & Administration of vaccinations.
  • Basic keyboard skills.
  • Use of electronic resources to input, save and provide data and information, making full use of the electronic record system.

Employer details

Employer name

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust


Trinity Square Health Centre

Trinity Square



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