Advanced Clinical Skills for GU Nurses

Poor sexual health is now a major public health issue in the UK, with all four
countries having a sexual health strategy, strategic framework or action plan
in place. The Government in England wishes to improve sexual health services,
with a focus on improving access.
All over the country nurses are working in new and innovative ways in
sexual and reproductive health. Many are working in advanced and specialist
clinical roles as independent practitioners and more creative posts are being
developed in the National Health Service to maximise optimum use of nurses’
skills. Several Nurse Consultant posts have now been developed in the speciality
of Genito Urinary Medicine (GUM).
With this important public health agenda in mind, this book provides a valuable
resource for nurses working towards, and at, advanced level in GUM, but
the content is also transferable and relevant to nurses working in non-acute
settings.
This book also provides a skill base for more junior nurses in GUM to aspire
to. Using a competency-based approach, many GUM nurses could develop
their practice to an advanced level, using nurse prescribing and/or patient
group directions to complement the level of service they provide.
I welcome the publication of this book, as I firmly believe, that historically
there has never been a better time for nurses to develop their roles in GUM
and sexual health, to drive forward improvements and to lead service delivery
in this challenging, changing and dynamic area of health in the twenty-first
century.

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