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Donna Finer

Lecturer in Sexual Health, BSC Sexual Health Practice Course Leader
School of Community Health and Midwifery

Donna is a well established Lecturer on all aspects of the undergraduate and postgraduate Sexual Health Studies degree programmes. She has expertise in the field of young people and sex working both with Sex workers and those at risk of CSE. Donna has achieved Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is now working towards her Fellowship alongside her MA in Sexual Health. Donna also has responsibility of international opportunities on the course with trips to Amsterdam, Uganda and Zambia.

Donna is currently the course leader for the BSC Sexual Health Practice course and alongside the CPD opportunities of stand alone sexual health modules. During her time with Staffordshire County Council her work within Sexual Health has been published in Young People Now.

Her employment has ranged from working with Comic Relief successful bidding and creating of an CSE project that is still going strong 18 years later. Donna then moved to Staffordshire County Council where for over 15 years she has worked with stakeholders, commissioners and partners developing and changing sexual health services due to impacts of budgets, staff and environment. She fully understands what influences sexual health services, rapidly changing priorities and policies. She was responsible for planning, creating and managing a Young Persons Sexual Health Hub within Staffordshire. Whilst employed in Staffordshire Donna was responsible for creating and managing their first Condom distribution scheme. Donna used innovative methods and created a text back service where young people could text their postcode and instantly receive information of their nearest sexual health service, C card outlet and GUM services that were local and relevant to them. Camden Borough asked her to help with the development of touchscreen vending machines of sexual health provisions. Donna also facilitated a young people Sexual Health Advisory Group that implemented the You’re Welcome guidelines and mystery shopped sexual health services and through this one of these young people won Brooks’ Sexual Health Young Person’ of the Year 2009. The most recent role before joining UCLan was with Blackpool Council managing their sexual health outreach provision and the WISH team. Donna also works as a tutor and assessor within the voluntary sector training new youth workers who want to work within the sexual health field.

  • Associate Fellow of the HEA 2019
  • A1 TAQA Assessing Qualification 2011
  • PGDip Youth and Community Studies, MMU 2004
  • BA (Hons) Applied Social Science, MMU 1998
  • Research, Health and Fitness, Teaching in both secondary and post 16 education on PHSE, and Youth Work in both formal and informal settings.
  • Associate Fellow of the HEA
  • A1 Assessor for NVQ, AQA, and other relevant bodies