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Promoting Sexual Health in Primary Care - Level 6 - AC6716
Dates: TBC

**This module has been delivered for the 19/20 academic year. Dates and applications will be available for the 20/21 delivery at the end of June 2020. Please check back soon.**

This module is commissioned by Health Education England as part of its continuing workforce development (CWD) portfolio. This course is aimed to support any registered practitioner to provide sexual health care and advice to clients whilst not working at a specialist sexual health practitioner level. If you are interested in participating, please complete the online application form and gain authorisation from your Line Manager and your Trust Training Coordinator. If you are working in general practice the online application must be authorised by your line manager and/or your practice manager. There is no need to have a training co-ordinator from the CCG authorise your application.

To apply please make a note of the module start month, click on book now and choose the application for the correct starting month. Once your application is complete we will contact you in order to confirm whether or not you have been allocated a place.

In order to assist you in completing your application we have attached guidance notes. Please refer to these while completing your application.

As part of your application you will need to upload a copy of your completed study leave approval form. If you do not attach your approval form to your application or it is incomplete this will delay your application and may impact you being offered a place on the module. Instructions on how to do this are in the guidance notes.





If you have any questions or queries about this module please contact us via email at or call (0191) 4060901.

This module aims to prepare primary care nurses to safely and competently deliver sexual health services, within professional, legal and governance frameworks in primary healthcare settings.

During the module, you will critically appraise current service provision to identify health priorities and opportunities to develop practice/service. You will also examine legal, ethical and professional implications that influence the sexual healthcare agenda.

The theoretical knowledge you will gain from the module will enable you to achieve clinical competency in the sexual health area.

  • What is sexual health and illness
  • Sexual health assessment and inequalities in the UK
  • Intervening using motivational interviewing/brief interventions
  • Legal, professional  and ethical considerations within sexual health provision
  • Contraceptive methods including LARC and Emergency contraception
  • Pregnancy decision making
  • Common STIs screening including  blood-borne viruses, with  the associated aetiology and  management options for each infection
  • Sexual dysfunction and psycho-sexual issues
  • Sexuality, diversity and equality-LGBT and transgender patients
  • Safeguarding issues, under-26, CSE, sexual assault Female genital mutilation
  • National cervical screening training (if required) can be included  during the course at no additional cost

Course Information

Award Type Level 6

Mode of Study
Part Time

Coach Lane Campus

Start Dates: TBC

Health, Sport and Social Care

Module lead Karen Elton has over 30 years’ experience in clinical and managerial roles and is an ex-specialist nurse practitioner in sexual health. Karen is supported by colleagues across the academic and clinical arena to deliver this module, ensuring contemporaneous evidence and practices throughout the module.

Northumbria is the principal provider of nurse education in the North East of England and was named Nurse Education Provider of the Year (post-registration) for three consecutive years by Student Nursing Times.

We have excellent relationships with partner services in health, social care and social work and our range of CPD provision supports practitioners and managers to engage in professional learning and then examine how this can be integrated in the practice arena. 

Designed by a multi-professional team including Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Nurses, Midwives, Social Care Staff and Medical practitioners our range of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is tailored towards individuals who are driving and enabling practice development in NHS North East.



This module is delivered using a blended learning approach via a comprehensive e-learning support package and four days in university for lectures/seminars. Delivery of classroom sessions will be enhanced by local specialists in the field leading the sessions enabling the students to obtain authentic teaching and learning opportunities. You will learn through a combination of seminars, lectures, blended learning, discussions and clinical placements.

Summative Assessment

Summative assessment for this module will comprise of two components;

Part One: You will be required to critically analyse and reflect upon the health needs of your practice population, and associated outcomes from quality performance indicators to identify opportunities for the development of sexual health services within a primary care setting

Part Two: will require you to demonstrate safe and effective practice through assessment of competence in your workplace, or placement area (if this is not possible in your own workplace).


This course is based at our Coach Lane Campus where you will have access to cutting-edge facilities with technology embedded through all aspects of your CPD course.


Northumbria University has been ranked in the top quartile in the UK for research power in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing. Additionally, more than 80% of our research activity in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014).


Completing this module will enable you to become a competent practitioner across the integrated spectrum of sexual health care provision. This will enable any nurse working outside of specialist sexual health services to provide a comprehensive service or signpost appropriately.


This course would suit Primary Care Nurses who wish to be able to deliver sexual health services.

You must be a registered primary care nurse and have previous evidence of level 5 study.

Level 6

1. Identify  the health needs of their  practice population, public health priorities and service provision

2. Critically analyse outcomes from quality performance indicators and identify opportunities for service development

3. Plan interventions to facilitate holistic care provision, including  addressing risk taking behaviours

4. Demonstrate clinical competence in meeting diverse sexual health needs, working within local and national governance frameworks at Levels 1 & 2

5. Appraise ethical, legal and professional implications that influence the sexual health care agenda

This is a funded CWD module, or self-funding is available.

If you have any questions or queries about this module please contact us via email at or call (0191) 4060901.

Please register your interest for this course and we will be in touch once we have confirmed dates.

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