Sexual and Reproductive Health

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Course contact

Jackie McFadyen
ask@uws.ac.uk
+44 (0)141 848 3782 or 0800 027 1000 (+44 141 849 4101 outwith UK)

Qualifications and durations

Graduate Certificate - 6 months (part-time)

Campus

Start date(s)

  • September
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The focus of this part-time Graduate Certificate in Sexual and Reproductive Health, at University of the West of Scotland, is on working in partnership with clients to promote excellence in Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare. 

Sexual health is a national priority in Scotland. Many traditional family planning and genito-urinary services have integrated in order to provide a holistic, one-stop-shop approach to care. Clinical practice is integrated with the theoretical component of the course and may be started after the first six days of theory. Health boards allocate clinical placements to students and clinic times vary depending on the health boards.

This course offers registered nurses and midwives the opportunity to study sexual and reproductive health theory and apply new knowledge and skills to clinical practice.

 

Candidates must be registered nurses or midwives on either parts 1 or 2 of the NMC professional register with two years’ post-registration experience.
The course comprises of three modules taken together in one trimester. Clinical placements are allocated by health boards and are limited. Students may be placed on a waiting list until a suitable clinical placement becomes available.

Reproductive Health
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This student is given the opportunity to explore contemporary issues in contraception and reproductive health. Themes such as promoting young people’s sexual health, abortion, contraception, pre-conceptual care, infertility, menopause, breast health, cervical cytology, history taking, the role of patient group directions and nonmedical prescribing, vulnerability and sexual health promotion will be included in the syllabus. By the end of the module students will have developed an evidenced-based approach to care, advanced and specialist communication skills and a range of general cognitive skills. The module is taught and requires seven days university attendance.

Genito-urinary Medicine
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This module offers the student an opportunity to explore contemporary issues in genito-urinary medicine (GUM). Sexually transmitted infections (STI) and public health perspectives will be explored in depth. Additional themes such as STI prevention (chlamydia, gonorrhoea, infestations, syphilis, blood borne viruses, trichomoniasis, human papiloma virus, molliscum, genital herpes, HIV and AIDS), health promotion theories, attitudes, values and GUM service provision are an integral part of the module. By the end of the module students will have developed a theoretical framework, advanced and specialist communication skills and a range of general cognitive skills. The module is taught and requires seven days university attendance.

Sexual and Reproductive Health Practice
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Student can apply theory learned from Reproductive Health and Genito-urinary Medicine modules to clinical practice within sexual and reproductive health clinics in health boards throughout the west of Scotland. Students will complete 50 hours clinical practice. Clinical placements will be allocated to the student by the health board. The student will have the opportunity to practise and gain confidence in specialist areas of sexual and reproductive health such as sexual history taking, contraception, pregnancy testing, menopause, breast health, cervical cytology, patient group directions, diagnostic procedures and treatments for sexually transmitted infections, partner notification, the mechanisms for reporting and monitoring STIs within the general population and sexual health promotion. Reflective practice will be a key theme within this module.

By the end of this module students will have developed knowledge and understanding of the healthcare needs of clients who present at sexual health clinics and advanced/specialist communication skills.

New knowledge and skills can be applied to sexual and reproductive healthcare practice in a variety of settings such as primary care, schools, gynaecology, midwifery, youth clinics, and specialist sexual health services. Successful completion of the course may enhance employment opportunities in these areas of healthcare. Students will complete 50 hours clinical practice. Clinical placements will be allocated to the student by the health board.