The University of Southampton

HLTH6045 Sexual Health and Meeting Complex Needs

Module Overview

This module aims to equip you as a future SCPHN with the knowledge base and skills to work with clients, groups and communities with additional and complex needs. The focus of the module will be targeted child-centred interventions.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To provide theoretical frameworks that will enable you to work confidently with clients who have complex needs. This includes approaches to promote and protect or recover health and wellbeing for an individual/community or group’s sexual health (this includes sexual, reproductive and contraceptive health)

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically analyse and evaluate the evidence the sexual health needs of those with impaired cognitive, sensory or motor function; acute or chronic medical or psychological ill health
  • Critically analyse and synthesise data informing the changing sexual health and wellbeing needs of individuals, groups and communities in complex situations
  • Critically evaluate and debate reduction of risk to health and wellbeing for people of all ages, making accurate assessments and initiating appropriate and timely management of those who are at risk for or have experienced interpersonal abuse or who require immediate safeguarding and protection
  • Critically evaluate appropriateness and utilise approaches to help individuals and groups explore and make sense of their experiences in a way that promotes self-determination and empowerment from a range of evidence-based interpersonal, psychological and psychosocial interventions
  • Critically evaluate and analyse range of research methods and epidemiological approaches including use of statistical returns and information for sexual health surveillance from the health protection agency and other bodies’ e.g. teenage pregnancy unit appropriate to specific health and wellbeing outcomes


• Partner follow up and infection prevention • Theory for sub-dermal implants • Reproductive/Contraceptive complications – hormonal, intra-uterine, age related • Vulnerable clients – teenage, learning difficulties, non-English speaking, sex workers, drug and/or alcohol misuse, • Safeguarding and sexual health • Evidence-based practice & research on relevant contemporary health issues. • Epidemiology for Public Health o Statistical evidence o Screening and surveillance • Research principles, practice and issues in sexual health • Social exclusion, stigma and sexual health • • Complex needs – chronic illness; mental health issues; psychosexual issues • Complex pharmacology- resistance, • Advanced infection care and management • Organisation of services, policies and drivers • Nice guidelines; DH policies; Faculty guidelines • Epidemiology of fertility and sexual health

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 and to sign off the portfolio. These professionals must be approved and supported by the employer and possess the NMC approved qualification which the student is studying to attain (e.g. school nurse, health visitor). Students will also work with other public health staff, as appropriate.

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.

Independent Study255
Total study time300

Resources & Reading list

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

Egan, G. (2009). The Skilled Helper. 

Suggested reading will be available for each taught session but students will be expected to select additional, appropriate reading to supplement their learning.. 

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

NICE (2007). NICE Guidance Behaviour Change. Plus all NICE guidelines related to module subject matter as updated. 

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

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

Parahoo, K. (2006). Nursing Research: Principles, Process and Issues. 

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

Andrews G (2005). Women’s Sexual Health. 


Assessment Strategy

You are required to select a specific intervention and explore and assess the evidence-base for that intervention. This intervention will be a practice-based subject of choice, to be negotiated with your academic tutor and or practice teacher. The selected topic must include epidemiological analysis and relate to SCPHN involvement in a family with assessed health needs, where the health needs justify targeted intervention. This Intervention can be at individual, family or community levels. Any evidence of unsafe practice or attitudes in any component of the summative assessment will result in automatic referral”. If you are registered with the NMC or HCPC breaches of Academic Integrity* may result in your employer being notified if there is concern that your professional code of conduct is not of the expected standard.


MethodPercentage contribution
Paper or report  (3500 words) 80%
Poster 20%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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