A43 Sexual Health & Contraception

Course summary

Sexual health improvement is a key government target for Primary Care Trusts. This course has been designed in response to that target and is aimed at practitioners in primary care wanting to develop their knowledge and skills. It focuses on the aims of the 2001 Sexual Health Strategy including teenage pregnancy, STIs, sexual health promotion and national screening programmes.

Who should attend?

Nurse practitioners
Practice nurses
Community nurses
Family planning nurses
School nurses
Youth support workers

Aims / objectives

  • Be more confident in taking a thorough sexual health history
  • Be aware of the causes, signs and symptoms of a variety of STIs
  • Base your patient assessment, diagnosis and management plans on evidence-based findings
  • Develop innovative strategies for delivering sexual health promotion
  • Have an awareness of national sexual health screening programmes

Course programme

  • A holistic approach to sexual health history
  • STIs
  • -epidemiology
  • -assessment
  • -diagnosis
  • -management (including contact tracing)
  • Sexual health and relationship education - recognising and reporting sexual abuse
  • Sexual behaviour – the influence of drugs and alcohol
  • Sexual health across the lifespan from menarche to menopause
  • Delivery of the sexual health strategy
  • Contraceptive choices and Nice guidelines - oral hormonal contraception, IUCDs, barrier methods, long acting reversible contraception.
  • Patient-led choices - efficacy, benefits, mode of action, side effects, ease of use, cost implications.
  • Emergency contraception
  • Contraceptive advice for under 16s and the legal issues
  • Cultural influences on family planning choices
  • Health promotion-
  • -cervical screening
  • -HPV immunisation
  • -chlamydia screening
  • -developing a positive sexual identity
  • -multi-disciplinary working in delivering sexual health and family planning services

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Important notes

Course materials, evaluation, and certificate of attendance


Course duration Course CPD In-House Course
2 day(s) 14 hour(s) £POA

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