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Sexual Health Promotion Specialist

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has become available for a 9-month fixed term maternity cover in our small dynamic team. The Sexual Health Promotion Specialist role sits within the Chlamydia Screening Team, which delivers the NCSP targets locally, the Brighton Home STI testing service for all local residents and the Sexual Health Promotion aims for Under 25's across the city. The team is embedded in the Sexual Health and Contraception service (SHAC) in Brighton & Hove.

This 9-month maternity cover post will work as part of a team to deliver the highest standards across some distinct projects. Main duties will include developing user engagement and evaluation, delivery of the CSP Education Outreach programme for under 25's using novel technologies, development and delivery of the eC-Card programme and associated promotion and training plans, and contribution to the city wide KPIs of the Chlamydia Screening programme, including hard to reach groups, access in primary care including GPs and Pharmacies and improvement to access of SHAC services.

The role may suit someone looking for a secondment opportunity or to develop alongside another part time role.

Main duties of the job

The Chlamydia Screening Team is a small, friendly and engaged team of 7, that rely on excellent partnership working to deliver our targets and put patients and young people first. Based in the Sexual Health & Contraception Service at Royal Sussex County Hospital, we are embedded within the wider service. We promote a culture of constant service improvement and development and are looking or someone with a passion for Sexual Health and working with young people to fulfill this exciting opportunity.

Main duties will include
  • Developing user engagement and evaluation
  • Delivery of the CSP Education Outreach programme for under 25's using novel technologies
  • Development and delivery of the eC-Card programme and associated promotion and training plans
  • Contribution to the city wide KPIs of the Chlamydia Screening programme, including hard to reach groups and access in primary care including GPs and Pharmacies
  • Improvement to access of SHAC services.

The post holder will be able to demonstrate:
  • Confidence gained through experience in working with and engaging hard to reach and at risk young people to deliver excellent care and user engagement in a variety of settings
  • Knowledge and experience of delivering and evaluating Health Promotion projects, including knowledge and application of National policy.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills to build key relationships with external stakeholders including education and primary care professionals

About us

Join us atUHSussex, every day is different, you can be the change, better neverstops

AtUHSussexwe're proud to be at the heart of the NHS. As one of theUK's largest acute Trusts, we're a leading example of the excellence, the ambition and the values that have embodied the NHS for over 70 years.

Improving lives:We are a vibrant and inclusive organisation, with hardworking, talented and dedicated individuals, who work together towards a common goal, to always put ourPatient First.Our mission is summed up by our 'where better never stops' motto and no matter the role atUHSussex, you will play a part in driving us forwards and in improving the lives of patients across Sussex.We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We're here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in ourwellbeing programmefor staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need itbecausewe know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

Build a career with us:As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosingUHSussexyou are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that youdo.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Provide expert consultancy and advice to colleagues, local authority and other statutory bodies on health promotion issues within this topic area.
  • Develop and work with existing providers including voluntary and statutory organisations and other Core Services to support the on-going development of partnerships and working groups, as well as working with local large employers to encourage the promotion of key Sexual Health Messages.
  • Deliver formal and informal presentations to large and small groups on the specialist work area.
  • To instigate and maintain effective networks with key nursing, medical and primary health care staff involved in the delivery of Sexual Health messages, in particular to help deliver the Chlamydia Screening KPIs.
  • To be involved in communication updates regarding the SHAC service to the wider community via a range of media including the SHAC website and other digital media as required.
  • Present complex information clearly to colleagues at all levels
  • Communication with health professionals in other agencies, locally and nationally regarding service provision.
  • To attend a range of internal and external meetings as required

Service Delivery and Improvement
  • Support delivery and development of innovative ways of working with clients including the use of novel technologies.
  • Implement innovative ways of working to reach young people.
  • To work as an effective and responsive team member, arriving promptly and working effectively during agreed hours.
  • To support other team members taking a shared approach to team work.
  • To attend CSP and home-sampling meetings where issues relevant to this role are being discussed.
  • Able to work autonomously within the framework of SHAC service and Trust policies and guidelines to meet targets and deadlines as agreed with line manager.
  • Assist in health impact assessments and the use of research methods and tools such as critical appraisal and health equity audits.
  • In conjunction with Local Authority/UH Western colleagues and other partners, assess local health needs including the wider determinants of health and formulate health promotion strategies and projects that would meet these needs.

People Management and Development
  • To support and mentor the Health Promotion Administrator, overseeing session and training delivery.
  • To co-ordinate and manage new and junior staff with regard to outreach events and sessional delivery.
  • To take lead responsibility for the safety checks and risk assessments for all work held outside of the department.
  • Uphold professional standards and act as advocate for the Department.
  • Maintain a highly organised office environment to maintain confidentiality and data protection and set office standards for the team.
  • To provide leadership on health promotion projects relating to sexual health services and the development, implementation and evaluation of relevant strategies and action plans.
  • To develop, manage and deliver a Sexual Health Promotion Plan to be rolled out to all colleagues working with young people to ensure a joined up and consistent approach to sexual health work across the city.
  • To be responsible for the continued growth in the recognised Contraception and Sexual Health Branding and ensure that material is produced in line with this and is visible, meaningful and effective.
  • To act as a media spokesperson for work area and other relevant issues as agreed with line manager.
  • Assist the integrated Public Health Team in establishing key health promotion priorities in the City and in drawing up a relevant service activity plan.
  • To supervise and manage admin posts as required.

Patient Care Delivery
  • To work directly with young people to ensure that Health Promotion messages are relevant to the target audience and to ensure ongoing service user involvement throughout aspects of the work undertaken.
  • To work closely with education settings including school based sexual health drop ins and ensure clear pathways to GP drop ins, and all teams in SHAC.
  • To initiate and/or lead on outreach sessions to particular populations and communities, including vulnerable young people and ensuring all the pathways into targeted services are in place.
  • Deliver education and training sessions as required.
  • Deliver virtual education and training sessions as required, utilising novel technologies to maximise learning.
  • Deliver and/or support with assemblies, talks and lectures to provide information and screening to large groups of students.
  • Development of training packages for professional providers.
  • Co-ordinate meetings, appointments and teaching sessions.
  • To work closely with Primary Care partners to ensure CSP KPIs are met and clear referral pathways are in place, including treatment and follow-up.

Learning and Development
  • Attend mandatory training updates as required.
  • Undertake training as necessary in line with the development of the post and as agreed with the line manager as part of the personal development process.
  • Achieve and demonstrate agreed standards of personal and professional development within agreed timescales.
  • Identify own learning needs and jointly plan training requirements with your line manager
  • Participate in the Trusts appraisal process to discuss how your role will help deliver the best possible care to our patients and help to deliver any changes in service.

Person Specification



  • First degree or relevant professional qualification
  • oA qualification in Health Promotion (Degree, Diploma) plus 2 years' experience



  • 2 years' experience in health promotion, physical activity or related field
  • Evidence of successful health promotion practice in sexual health services
  • Ability to undertake regular measurement and evaluation of current practices through the use of Evidence Based Practice projects, audit, research, outcome measures and make recommendations for change based on the findings.


  • Evidence of past Health Promotion work with disadvantaged groups
  • Evidence of work within Primary Care, Education and Young People's Services
  • Knowledge of Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • Experience of working in a Sexual Health role



  • Ability to develop, implement and maintain effective Health Promotion strategies and programmes related to sexual health services
  • Ability to work unsupervised
  • Good level of literacy and numerical skills
  • Training and presentation skills
  • Good organisational and administrative skills
  • Ability to organise own time and work and to be flexible with working arrangements
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Computer skills - Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, Excel.
  • Able to work alone effectively and also as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Able to interact with tact and diplomacy with patients and staff at all levels and to communicate sensitive information.
  • Able to communicate complex information where there are barriers to understanding, because of cultural, physical or mental special needs.
  • Competent in a range of packages including MS Word and MS Excel, and willing to learn new packages and advance current skills.
  • Computer skills including use of databases, spread sheets, Word, Excel, Report Writing, PowerPoint.
  • Highly effective in using PowerPoint for presentations.
  • Able to use word processing, spread sheets and other software for recording non-clinical activity
  • Familiar with or willingness to gain confidence with novel technological ways to deliver information
  • Awareness of how to use different IT applications to deliver information in the most effective way and other clinical support systems.
  • Works autonomously and follows standard SHAC Service and Trust procedures and practices.
  • Works to meet targets and deadlines as agreed with line manager
  • Able to function as a team player, be considerate towards others and flexible to meet the needs of the role.
  • High level of motivation and initiative, seeking assistance from others where appropriate


  • Car driver with access to vehicle

People Management and Development


  • Ability to lead and support strategic processes including partnerships, working groups and strategy development & implementation
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and influencing skills
  • Ability to build and maintain networks and effective working relationships with a full range of health professionals, professionals in statutory and voluntary agencies
  • Ability to develop, implement and maintain effective Health Promotion strategies and programmes related to sexual health services
  • Attention to detail and able to take responsibility for the setting and maintenance of high quality work.
  • Confident in reviewing performance of individuals
  • Contributes to the training and supervision of new members of staff
  • Able to supervise work of temporary administration staff and volunteers
  • oProven ability to prioritise tasks and delegate work to administrators


  • Experience of supervising staff
  • Experience of motivating and managing a team

Specific requirments


  • Understanding of current health promotion issues and debates
  • Understanding of health issues related to sexual health
  • Understanding of current developments and policy in Chlamydia Screening at a local and national level
  • Demonstrates an understanding of the role of community STI testing
  • Advanced awareness of the importance of diplomacy and confidentiality
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