Sexual and Reproductive Health Nurse

Manchester Action on Street Health

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Job summary

We are recruiting a Sexual and Reproductive Health Nurse to join our team at Manchester Action on Street Health (MASH).

Based at the MASH Centre the Nurse will see patients independently and deliver clinics to women who sex work. The nurse will also undertake outreach to massage parlours and outreach on the MASH mobile van. The post involves working at least one evening per week.

The post holder will be employed and managed by MASH but receive training and clinical governance from The Northern Contraception, Sexual Health and HIV Service.

It is an occupational requirement under the Equality Act 2010 (Schedule 9, part 1) for this post to be filled only by a woman.

The post is subject to DBS checks, suitable references, and completion of a 6-month probation period.

For more information, please visit our website http://www.mash.org.uk/2021/04/01/vacancy-at-mash-sexual-reproductive-health-nurse/

Main duties of the job

Some of the key duties of the role are

To deliver services in clinical settings and on outreach

Use expertise and clinical skills to accurately assess patients individual needs in relation to contraception, sexual health and HIV and manage their care appropriately.

Perform asymptomatic screening, venepuncture, vaccination, and sexual health screening and health advice for clients as appropriate.

Undertake clinics examination using observation inspection and examinations as appropriate working as an autonomous practitioner.

Undertake the administration of contraception and medication under agreed Patient Group Directions or as a non-medical prescriber.

Some of the key experience required for this post is

Registered nurse minimum of 1 years experience in sexual and reproductive health at Band 5 or above

Accredited post registration qualification in Sexual and Reproductive Health

Experience of working with women with multiple and complex needs

About us

Since MASH first started out as a street outreach van almost 30 years ago in response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, we have stopped at nothing to support women who are sex working in Greater Manchester to stay safe, healthy and feel more in control of their lives. Whilst the nature of sex work, the context in which we operate, and the support we provide has changed dramatically since 1991, this absolutely remains our mission. MASH continues to support some of the most marginalised women in the city region; women who fall through the gaps in mainstream services, and who face stigma, discrimination and multiple barriers to accessing the support they need. The women we support are on the sharpest end of social & health inequalities, and are amongst the hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.

At MASH, we have always had a strong focus on choice and empowerment. We meet women where they are at, and provide a range of non-judgemental, confidential, and trauma informed advice and support services.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Job Description & Role Accountabilities

1. Key Responsibilities

Undertake patient care activities.

To work flexibly across the service as required.

To understand and comply with all MASH policies and procedures and where relevant those of the Trust.

Work collaboratively and independently ensuring accountability for own professional actions, to the MASH operations manager and the NHS clinical lead.

2. Direct Care: Clinical

To deliver services in clinical settings and on outreach including in saunas and the MASH outreach vehicle.

Use expertise and clinical skills to accurately assess patients individual needs in relation to contraception, sexual health and HIV and manage their care appropriately.

Perform asymptomatic screening, venepuncture, vaccination, and sexual health screening and health advice for clients as appropriate.

Undertake clinics examination using observation inspection and examinations as appropriate working as an autonomous practitioner.

Undertake the administration of contraception and medication under agreed Patient Group Directions or as a non-medical prescriber.

Work independently as required, this will include working at least one evening per week.

Undertake pregnancy testing and provide appropriate discussion of options and referrals as required.

Provide information advice and support to service users in relation to health promotion.

Use expert knowledge and skills regarding clinical issues providing a resource for MASH staff and other professionals.

Communicate with appropriate staff to maintain and review clinical supplies and equipment.

Support the Health Advising team with results management process including maintenance of the partner notification and recall system within the clinic and the wider community of positive results.

Undertake training and competencies for the provision of clinical role as required.

Safeguard young people and vulnerable adults as per MASH and NHS local and national safeguarding processes and policy.

Maintain competency in emergency situations cardiac arrest, fire and security incidents.

3. Direct Care: Professional

To have a systematic, flexible and innovative approach to problem solving and implement decisions as necessary.

Attend and contribute to internal and external meetings as required.

Liaise as necessary with staff responsible for the day to day management of the service.

To report incidents and near misses reporting through the Trusts accountability system.

To contribute to investigations into verbal and written complaints reporting responses to the senior service team and Trust complaints manager accordingly.

To act in accordance with MASH, Trust and Service policies and procedures at all times. These include Confidentiality, Consent and Safeguarding.

To contribute actively and participate with all requirements of Clinical Governance.

Supports development of clinical skills that will enhance patient care delivered.

Maintain continued professional developments and revalidation requirements as per the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

4. Administration, Policies and Procedures

The post holder is responsible for the completion of all necessary administration.

Entering and keeping up to date with the input of all relevant information such as case notes and monitoring onto the GMThink electronic system.

Providing reports or feedback as and when requested by management and other agencies.

The post holder will be expected to act in accordance with relevant General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and related organisational standards and procedures.

The post holder must maintain confidentiality at all times in all aspects of the work, operating within both MASH confidentiality requirements and in line with the National Health Service (Venereal Disease) Regulations 1974 and The NHS Trusts and Primary Care Trusts (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) Directions 2000.

The post holder will promote and ensure that safeguarding is afforded high priority and integrated into all functions of professional practice at MASH. The post holder is responsible for the escalation of any adult/children safeguarding to management in-line with MASH policies and procedures.

To adhere to the current risk assessments relating to the Covid-19 and work in-line with control measures and restrictions.

5. Partnership

To work in partnership where possible with other agencies.

To maintain up to date knowledge of and links with local services keeping abreast of any changes in service provision and the current landscape.

To work with external partners to get the best outcomes for service users.

To promote the services of MASH and the broader work of MASH to other organisations and service providers.

6. Supervision and Personal Development

The post holder will:

Attend monthly supervision, team meetings on zoom and casework meetings.

Develop and maintain a broad knowledge regarding sex work, locally and nationally and keep abreast of issues facing women involved in sex work such as; domestic violence, substance misuse, mental health, homelessness, begging, modern slavery and the criminal justice system.

Attend any meetings or remote training events, either internal or external, as required by MASH

Actively participate in service workshops and study days as necessary. This will include nurse-in-service training relating to Patient Group Directions

Support the learning needs of other professionals including MASH staff and volunteers

Maintain clinical competence and remain updated regarding contraception and sexual health by attending such meetings, conferences, and seminars as may be appropriate.

7. General

The post holder will carry out any other duties that may be reasonably required by MASH. The post holder must be prepared to be flexible should there be times when the project has to respond to the demands of the service.

The post holder will work in-line with the MASH Policies/Procedures and Health and Safety at all times.

The details contained in this job description reflect the content of the job at the date it was prepared. It may be possible that the duties of job will change, existing duties may no longer be required and other duties may be introduced without changing the overall nature of the job or the level of responsibility entailed. Any changes to the job description will be in consultation with the post holder.

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • Registered nurse
  • Accredited post registration qualification in Sexual and Reproductive Health

Experience

Essential

  • Nursing Role
  • Registered nurse minimum of 1 years experience in sexual and reproductive health at Band 5 or above
  • Accredited post registration qualification in Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • Current experience of working within a sexual and reproductive health service
  • Experience of working in nurse led clinics and working to PGDs
  • Current and in depth knowledge of sexual and reproductive health
  • Able to initially issue contraception and medication via Patient Group Directions
  • Venepuncture
  • Ability to independently undertake genital examination and screening tests in both male and female patients
  • Understanding of risk management/ clinical governance
  • Ability to use Electronic Health Records
  • Current and in-depth knowledge of issues relating to confidentiality & consent
  • Conversant with current local and national safeguarding guidance relating to under 16s, under 18s and vulnerable adults
  • MASH Role
  • An understanding of sex work
  • Experience of working with women with multiple and complex needs
  • Good knowledge and understanding of Illicit drug and alcohol use and harm reduction models
  • Knowledge of modern slavery and recognising indicators of modern slavery
  • Experience or a good understanding of homelessness and the issues relating to being homeless
  • Experience of supporting referring, and recognising mental health issues
  • The ability and willingness to work creatively in unconventional settings, including outreach in a mobile vehicle and in saunas
  • A flexible approach to work, including a willingness to work anti-social hours and flexible shifts
  • Ability to be creative and innovative to engage hard to reach groups
  • The ability to devise creative methods to convey health promotion messages to service users
  • The ability to deliver training on basic sexual health to groups of staff/volunteers
  • General
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Computer competent
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Ability to work independently and using own initiative whilst also operating within organisational boundaries and as part of a wider team
  • The ability to assist with service development, communicate innovative ideas and to be able to take ideas forward as part of a team to assist with creating improved or new services.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Manchester Action on Street Health

Address

94-96 Fairfield Street

Manchester

M1 2WR


Employer's website

http://www.mash.org.uk/ (Opens in a new tab)

For help with your application, contact:

Bee Evans

bee@mash.org.uk

01612734555

Date posted

01 April 2021

Pay scheme

Agenda for change

Band

Band 6

Salary

Negotiable

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Full-time

Reference number

E0240-21-3865

Job locations

94-96 Fairfield Street

Manchester

M1 2WR


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