Standards for nurse sexual health education considered

Standards for sexual health education for practice nurses are being considered by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecology following reports that there is a lack of sexual health provision in primary care.

An all-party parliamentary committee on pro-choice and sexual health found at least 70 per cent of women attending general practices were not being offered the full range of contraceptive methods, while only 5 per cent of practices were offering STI testing.

It called for practices to offer all 14 methods of contraception including implants, IUDs and injections. It also recommended the government provides more financial incentives for practices to provide STI testing and PCTs to focus on cutting the number of unintended pregnancies and abortions in the over-18s.

Practice nurse and clinical specialist in family planning in Berkshire Shelley Mehigan said the problem was a lack of training amongst practice nurses.

‘There’s no standardised training, it’s difficult to find accredited courses and then get on them. Practices are either unwilling or unable to give nurses the time off to do the courses as these are not just one-day courses.’

She said there was a great appetite amongst practice nurses to take on more sexual health work and they were ideally placed to carry it out ‘but GPs just expect us to be able to do it without training’.

The Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecology confirmed that the DoH was aware of the problem and had commissioned the faculty to develop training standards in sexual health for all nurses and, in particular, contraception.

Comment below and tell us what you think 

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

The healthcare crisis in Myanmar - how UK GPs can help

The healthcare crisis in Myanmar - how UK GPs can help

Dr Jim Brockbank from Myanmar UK GP Health Action provides an update on how the military...

GPs warn of 'open floodgates' as 84% say e-consultations have driven up workload

GPs warn of 'open floodgates' as 84% say e-consultations have driven up workload

More than four fifths of GPs say e-consultation systems adopted in the pandemic have...

Map: Which CCGs have the highest COVID-19 vaccine coverage?

Map: Which CCGs have the highest COVID-19 vaccine coverage?

Tens of millions of COVID-19 jabs have been administered across England, but how...

Podcast: Greener practice, sharing patient data and additional roles

Podcast: Greener practice, sharing patient data and additional roles

In this episode we look at data extraction from GP records, ask whether the additional...

Red flag symptoms: Loss of consciousness

Red flag symptoms: Loss of consciousness

Red flag symptoms to look out for in presentations of loss of consciousness, including...

£20m fund to speed up second jabs as CCGs told to limit pressure on practices

£20m fund to speed up second jabs as CCGs told to limit pressure on practices

NHS England has announced £20m in funding to help local COVID-19 vaccination sites...