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HLTH6049 Sexual Health Care Practice

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To provide theoretical frameworks that will enable you to analyse and evaluate; promote and protect health and wellbeing for an individual’s sexual health (this includes sexual, reproductive and contraceptive health). On completion of this module you will be able to: 1. Demonstrate critical understanding of the normal physiological and psychological processes of contraceptive and sexual health with insight into diversity throughout the life continuum 2. Recognise, advocate and respond to the health and well-being needs of all individuals, groups and communities who come into your care across the age continuum (birth – death) and through the different stages of fertility and reproduction 3. Critically analyse and explore a range of assessment tools and strategies to assess the sexual health and wellbeing of individuals, groups and the community 4. Practice insightfully in a way that focuses on the therapeutic use of self to engage with individuals and help them make informed choices about pharmacological, psychological and physical treatments to promote sexual health

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate critical understanding of the normal physiological and psychological processes of contraceptive and sexual health with insight into diversity throughout the life continuum
  • Recognise, advocate and respond to the health and well-being needs of all individuals, groups and communities who come into your care across the age continuum (birth – death) and through the different stages of fertility and reproduction
  • Critically analyse and explore a range of assessment tools and strategies to assess the sexual health and wellbeing of individuals, groups and the community
  • Practice insightfully in a way that focuses on the therapeutic use of self to engage with individuals and help them make informed choices about pharmacological, psychological and physical treatments to promote sexual health

Syllabus

• Sexuality – abstractions, components and diversity • Development and physiology of fertility and sexual behaviour over the age continuum • Methods of fertility control, contraceptive methods • Theory and practice underpinning effective consultations in sexual health • Normal genital variation • Preconception and promotion of fertility • Diagnosis of pregnancy and unplanned pregnancy • Recognition, investigation and management of sexually transmitted infections • Legal aspects of care • STI prevention programmes • Communication and interpersonal skills to effect behavioural change • Behaviour change and sexual health – male contraception as risk reduction • Promoting personal control and responsibility for change – self-examination breast; testicles • Public health knowledge and research, skills and attitude development in relation to sexual health • National guidelines for contraceptive, fertility and gynaecological health care • National guidelines for sexual health care • National screening programmes • Health Protection Agency role and function

Special Features

Practice experience is an integral part of this module, with a Practice Teacher and/or practice mentor required to support development in the field. These professionals must be approved and supported by the employer and possess the NMC approved qualification which you are studying to attain (i.e. school nurse, health visitor or sexual health nurse). You will also be working with a variety of practitioner roles contributing to public health improvement.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

A variety of teaching and learning approaches will be used in this module. These include lead lectures, discussion, guided reading, group activities, guided discovery learning and e learning. You will be encouraged to use your practice teacher/mentor/peers as a resource for learning.

TypeHours
Teaching30
Independent Study170
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

British Association of Sexual health and HIV: All latest guidelines on the investigation and management of sexual health and HIV.

The Marmot Review (2010). Fair Society, Healthy Lives: Strategic Review of health Inequalities in England post. 

NICE (2007). NICE Guidance Behaviour Change. 

Naidoo, J. and Wills, J (2009). Foundations for Health Promotion (Public Health and Health Promotion). 

Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health All latest guidelines on Contraceptive use and community gynaecology.

Egan, G (2009). The Skilled Helper, International Edition. 

Suggested reading will be available for each taught session but you will be expected to select and access additional, appropriate reading to supplement your learning. 

Guillebaud, J. (2009). Your Contraception Questions Answered. 

Andrews G., (2005). British Association of Sexual health and HIV: All latest guidelines on the investigation and management of sexual health and HIV. 

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (1 hours) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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