017740 - Specialist Nurse, Sexual Health

NHS Scotland

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NHS Lothian is committed to encouraging equality and diversity among our workforce, and eliminating unlawful discrimination. The aim is for our workforce to be truly representative and for each employee to feel respected and able to give their best. To this end, NHS Lothian welcomes applications from all sections of society.

***PLEASE NOTE: We cannot accept late applications so please ensure your application is submitted early***

This post requires the post holder to have a PVG Scheme membership/ record. If the post holder is not a current PVG member for the required regulatory group (i.e. child and/or adult) then an application will need to be made to Disclosure Scotland and deemed satisfactory before they can begin in post. 

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced nurse to work as part of a team delivering early medical abortion assessment and treatment. The ‘Choices’ clinic, which includes provision of Early Medical Abortion at Home,  is embedded within Lothian Sexual and Reproductive Health Services (LSRHS) located in Chalmers Sexual Health Centre. Hours of work are Monday to Friday 08.30 – 16.30 or 12.30 – 20.30 (with a maximum of one evening shift per week). 

Approximately 3,000 women attend for abortion advice, assessment, treatment and referral in NHS Lothian. The Choices team work in collaboration with the obstetric, reproductive and gynaecology teams in St John’s Hospital and The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and the post holder will be expected to maintain good links with these and third sector providers of care to women with unplanned / unwanted pregnancy. The post holder would be expected to participate in the care of women undertaking abortion and to refer women on to the appropriate service for surgical or medical abortion at later gestations within the limits of the law. There will be opportunities to work with the wider SRH team and learn skills relevant to the holistic care of women attending the Choices Clinic.

Essential Criteria for the job include:

First level registered nurse or midwife with current NMC registration; post registration qualification in sexual and reproductive health; post registration experience in sexual health or related area e.g. Gynaecology; non-judgemental, person centred approach, ability to use initiative and work independently; effective communication skills; highly developed clinical consultation skills; and a willingness to work unsocial hours and travel independently throughout Lothian.

Desirable criteria include: experience of working in an abortion service, evidence of team work and leadership; competence in Contraceptive Implant insertion and removal; independent non-medical prescribing qualification or willingness to work towards this.

For further information on what is included in the role and what skills/experience are being looked for, click on the links at the bottom of the screen to the job description and person specification. If after reading this information you have any questions please contact Alison Craig on 0131 536 1613 or alison.craig@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk

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