Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs, including HIV) remain among the greatest infectious disease threats facing the United Kingdom (UK) today. This course is appropriate for practitioners currently registered with the NMC and who are currently working with a range of clients who need STI/HIV screening and management. This course will be delivered via a blended learning approach and students will attend a series of lectures which address and explore key concepts. It will enable practitioners to develop and apply specialist knowledge and skills in the management and treatment of individuals affected by STIs and HIV.
Entry and Admissions
Short Course / CPD
A maximum of six theory days delivered over a 14 week semester onsite and online.
School of Community Health and Midwifery
No Partner College
Evidence of ability to undertake Level 3 or 4 study.
Current registration on NMC professional register.
Current employment within GUM or related services.
This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.
This course will enable practitioners to develop and apply specialist knowledge and skills in the management and treatment of individual's affected by sexually transmitted infections and HIV. Content includes:
- Epidemiology of sexually transmitted infections.
- History taking.
- Assessment, diagnosis, treatment and management of sexually transmitted infections.
- Dermatology in sexual health.
- Identification of the special needs of different client groups and working with marginalised groups.
- Ethical and legal aspects of sexual health care.
- Developing health education and health promotion strategies.
- Medical microbiology and its use in sexual health care.
- Pathological implications of STIs including sexual dysfunction and psychosexual problems.
- Partner notification.
- Patient group directions.
- Professional accountability.
- Nurse led sexual health service provision.
The course is studied on a part-time basis. Theoretical content will be delivered via a Blended Learning approach which will consist of a maximum of six theory days delivered over a fourteen week semester onsite here at UCLan and also online work.
Students will gain practical experience within a specialist sexual health service and they will be supervised by an appropriate mentor.
The course can be studied at Level 3 or Level 4 and equates to 20 credits at the level of study.
Learning Environment & Assessment:
A variety of teaching and learning methods will be used both in the classroom and online i.e. lectures, guided reading, discussions, group work, portfolio preparation and reflective analysis. Audiovisual resources will be used to support discussion.
Practical experience working within genitor-urinary medicine clinic or equivalent service will also form part of the learning experience. A clinical mentor will be identified by the relevant clinical manager and module leader to support the learning of clinical competencies.
You will be assessed theoretically via a portfolio of evidence including the clinical assessment which involves the completion of a clinical competence document.
We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions.
Learning outcome & aims
We aim to create the perfect blend of knowledge, practical experience and relevance to equip UCLan graduates with the confidence and skills they need to get ahead in the world of work.
Industry links & professional accreditation
We have great links with employers including household names such as Sony, BAE Systems and Apple. We also have links with the smaller companies in the region and offer help and assistance to more than 1,000 of these – with many of our graduates staying in the region it is important we develop these relationships.
Work experience and international opportunities
At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.
The UCLan Careers Team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.
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How to Apply
If you are interested in applying for this course, our comprehensive How to Apply pages will guide you through the process. Here at UCLan, our aim is to encourage you to develop your potential and we offer a flexible approach to admissions, which reflects our commitment to all those who would benefit from our courses.
Individuals working for health and social care organisations should initially discuss their application with their employer as arrangements may be in place for financial and study leave support.
Individuals can purchase this course as an independent student and should obtain an application form from:
Faculty of Health and Wellbeing
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE
Tel: 01772 893836/ 3839