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Senior Health Advisor

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)
£43,742 to £50,056 pro rata, per annum
Closing date
31 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an exciting opportunity to appoint an experienced Health Adviser (HA) who will help shape the future of the Unity Sexual Health Adviser and Chlamydia Screening Programme (CSP) service.

The ideal candidate will have previous staff and operational management experience, ensuring they can meet competing service demands to deliver safe and effective care to patients.

The HA and CSP teams undertake a range of administrative and patients facing/clinical roles, so collaborative and effective communication skills are essential, as is an ability to problem solve and prioritise the workload to meet competing service needs.

Your responsibilities will include:o Managing, supervising and developing the HA service to ensure provision of advice, information, education and counselling to patientsdiagnosed with a sexually transmitted infections such as chlamydia, gonorrhoea, trichomonas, herpes, syphilis, hepatitis B& C and HIV.o Developing and implementing clinic wide policies in conjunction with the Service Manager and Triumvirate.o Ensure the smooth day to day delivery of the Sexual Health Service collaboratively with the Service Manager, cover consultant, nurselab co-ordinator and reception supervisor raising and resolving operational issues with the appropriate person(s).o Undertaking partner notification, ensuring attendance and treatment of contacts.

The postholder will be required to work rotational evenings and weekends.

Main duties of the job

o Ensure the smooth day to day delivery of the Sexual Health Service in conjunction with the Service Manager and Unity Triumvirate,raising and resolving operational issues as appropriate.o Develop and implement clinic wide policies in conjunction with the Service Manager and Clinical medical lead.o Ensure team of Health Advisers undertake partner notification to ensure the attendance and treatment of contacts.o Provide pre-test HIV discussion and post-test discussion and/or counselling.o Management of the Pre Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) service.o Provide follow-up counselling and psychosocial care for HIV antibody positive patients as required.o Manage Chlamydia Screening Programme team.o Work within the guidelines outlined by appropriate regulating body, as in line with the Society of Sexual Health Advisers (SSHA)code of conduct and local and national guidelines.o Ensure practice is based on best evidence available.o Act as a resource to other professionals.o Work within the guidelines outlined by appropriate regulating body, as in line with the SSHAcode of conduct and local and national guidelines.

About us

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the country, bringing together a combined workforce of over 13,000 staff and over 100 different clinical services across 10 different sites, serving a core population of more than 500,000 people across South West England. UHBW has been rated by the CQC as 'Good' overall and our staff are proud to deliver excellent care to the people of Bristol, Weston and beyond. As a forward- thinking multi-award winning Trust and a digital exemplar committed to improving patient care, our world-leading research and innovations are having a positive local and global impact. Our hospitals are spread across Bristol and Weston, join us and you can enjoy the very best of both worlds city living within a stone's throw of the countryside or beside the seaside, both with easy access to all that the South West has to offer. UHBW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. As an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce we aim to recruit and retain a workforce which represents the rich diversity of the local population at all levels and are committed to designing our services around the needs of individual patients and those around them. Anonymous information will be used from your application in order to ensure we're meeting our pledge.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For a more detailed job description and main responsibilities, please refer to the job description document attached to this vacancy.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • 1st Level Registered Nursing Qualification or Certificate of Qualification in Social Work (CQSW) or a relevant degree


  • Health Advisers or other relevant speciality qualification
  • Training qualification
  • Counselling qualification
  • Advanced training in HIV/AIDS
  • Advanced training in contraception and sexual health

Knowledge and Experience


  • Experience of managing staff
  • Experience of working with sexual health issues
  • Experience of working within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience of working with vulnerable and minority groups
  • Experience of analysing and presenting complex information2
  • Experience of working in a busy environment
  • Previous experience of the NHS

Skills and Abilities


  • Ability to compassionately and confidently deliver highly sensitive information
  • Sound knowledge of sexual health through experience and training
  • Ability to assess complex situations independently requiring analysis of a range of options
  • Ability to appropriately delegate tasks within a team
  • Understanding of the critical importance of confidentiality
  • Good presentation skills
  • Basic/good IT skills



  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to motivate self and tea
  • Ability to act within procedures or make and justify judgments outside set procedures
  • Good personal insight - awareness of own limitations and when to seek advice or help from other colleagues in the Unity partnership

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)


Unity Sexual Health, Central Health Clinic

Passage Street



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