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Staff Nurse to Senior Staff Nurse - Development Post

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£32,720 to £48,054 per annum inc Outer London HCAS (pro rata if P/T)
Closing date
24 Jul 2024

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Developmental Post: Band 5 Staff Nurse to Band 6 Integrated Sexual Health Senior Nurse

Sexual Health Clinic, Barnet sites including Edgware community hospital and Vale Drive Practice.

Barnet Integrated Sexual Health Services are pleased to be offering a great opportunity for registered nurses looking for a chance to progress their career within this speciality. The post holder will be a motivated registered nurse with excellent interpersonal & communication skills who has an enthusiasm to work effectively within a multidisciplinary innovative sexual & reproductive health service.

This is a development post for a registered adult nurse. The post holder will follow an individual training programme to develop their nursing knowledge from Band 5 staff nurse to Band 6 senior staff nurse through practical, real time, on the job experience training.

The post holder will be working to deliver a high standard of integrated sexual health care to patients, including delivering nurse led clinics. During the duration of the training programme, the post holder will build knowledge & experience on the types and complexities of patient groups, working towards the Integrated Sexual Health Band 6 Senior Staff Nurse Job Description.

The individual training programme will be dependant on skills and qualifications prior to commencing the role. The time frame will be determined by the skill set, speed of achievement of competencies at each stage up to 2 years.

Main duties of the job

We know that developing skills & becoming an autonomous practitioner with your own case load of patients within a specialised field can be both exciting & daunting. That is why we have created this post to ensure that you are supported, feel equipped & given the opportunities to acquire the competencies to become a brilliant Senior Sexual Health Nurse. We will help, support & nurture you through this transition to become the best you can be.

Working within a supportive clinically led multi-disciplinary team, the post holder will follow an individualised training programme to develop their nursing knowledge from Band 5 staff nurse to Band 6 senior staff nurse through practical, real time, on the job experience training. For nurses with no sexual heath experience the maximum time scale is expected to be 2 years.

The training programme is delivered through a combination of courses, on-line & in-house training by senior sexual health professionals. Through supervision & assessment, the post-holder will be supported to practice safely & build their confidence in becoming an autonomous senior sexual health nurse.

The post is full time WTE 1.0 (37.5hrs) but consideration will be given to suitable candidates who wish to work part time with a minimum of WTE 0.5 (18.75hrs). Hours and days are are subject to the needs of the service. Early shifts start at 07.30/08.00 and late shifts finish at 20.00. At present Saturdays are not worked but this may change.

About us

We are committed to offering you an environment to flourish which includes dedicated development opportunities as well as a healthier work life balance. We will offer you
  • Flexible shift working, Part-timer or Condensed hours to provide a healthy work-life balance
  • Commitment from the team to develop you by offering coaching and in-house development sessions such as Preceptorship Workshop, Leadership programmes, ACP modules and CBT-P training.
  • Free access to our Staff and Wellbeing service to ensure that you are always looking after yourself.
  • Commitment to career mapping to ensure continuous professional development including opportunities within the Trust.
  • An opportunity to work with a friendly, dynamic, passionate and diverse team who are committed to looking after each other as well as their patients.
  • Excellent staff benefits: our benefit packages are amongst the best in London and include: childcare vouchers, health and wellbeing services, season ticket loans, cycle to work scheme, blue light card, discounts at Nando's and Superdrug, mobile phone contracts and much more!
  • Award-winning Staff Networks
  • Hidden Gem & annual award ceremonies

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To maintain a high standard of nursing care and service provision, testing, treatment and management of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and screening for HIV and other blood borne infections (BBVs). (Relevance dependent on site of work).

To inform, advise, teach and counsel clients on all methods of contraceptionincluding performing Implanon insertion and removal.

To obtain clear and thorough relevant histories from patients.

To examine patients and obtain appropriate clinical specimens according to clinic protocol.

To manage a range of symptomatic and asymptomatic female and male cases including discharge, genital ulceration and genital warts. (Relevance dependent on site of work).

To manage patients attending for Pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV (PrEP), Post exposure Prophylaxis for HIV Sexual Exposure (PEPSE) or Post-exposure for HIV (PEP) according to local guidelines.

To initiate Cryotherapy according to Cryotherapy protocol.

To recognise signs and symptoms of complex and unstable health problemsrequiring medical review and refer on to appropriate health professionals.

To treat patients within the confines of patient group directions (PGDs) and arrange prescriptions of treatments not covered by PGD and safely administer and supply these.

To perform microscopy according to protocol. (Relevance dependent on site of work).

To carry out partner notification processes.

To promote sexual health and wellbeing through advice and information giving.

To maintain clinical case notes including electronic patients records to a high standard.

To observe and adhere to clinic protocols and working guidelines.

To liaise with nursing colleagues, other members of the multidisciplinary team and external agencies.

To assist in provision of nurse led sexual and reproductive health consultation in an outreach setting.

To assist the HCSW (Health Care Support Worker) to set up clinics, maintain equipment and order supplies if required.

To take part in initiatives to engage users in the development of the services depending on site of work

Person Specification



  • RGN (NMC Sub-part 1 Adult branch)


  • University certificate or equivalent in Sexual Health training
  • DFRSH or equivalent University Certificate in Contraception / Reproductive Health



  • Post registration experience


  • Previous experience in management or team leader role
  • Experience in Sexual Health
  • Experience in Contraception



  • Excellent communication skills (written & verbal)
  • Must have an active interest in this specialty and client group and be motivated to learn about sexual health and contraception
  • IT skills


  • Venepuncture
  • Conversant with windows environment
  • Word processing (MS Word)
  • Spreadsheets (MS Excel)
  • Presentations (MS Powerpoint)



  • Willingness to undertake all aspects of the development training programme to progress to Band 6
  • Must have the motivation and ability to work with both male and female client groups.
  • The ability to discuss matters of sex and sexuality.
  • The ability to approach clients as a whole.
  • The ability to work as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Flexible and adaptable to his/her role/work

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


Edgware Community Hospital

Lower Ground Floor, Burnt Oak Broadway



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