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Donna Finer

MSc Sexual Health Studies Course Leader and Senior Lecturer
School of Community Health and Midwifery

Donna obtained her MSc in Sexual Health in 2020 whilst working as a lecturer on the BSc Sexual Health course, she is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Donna also achieved her PGDip in Youth and Community Studies at MMU in 2004, Donna has worked continuously with vulnerable and isolated groups for over 25 years. Her work ranges from developing a CSE project, a Countywide SRE Co-ordinator in Staffordshire County Council, creation, development and management of a My Place youth and community centre and sexual health hub, and more recently managing outreach sexual health provision in Blackpool Council. She is also Trainer and Assessor in both Youth and Community Studies and Level 3 Substance Misuse Award within the voluntary sector and is a volunteer Trustee for Blackpool Magic Club.

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.