Donna Finer

Donna Finer

Lecturer in Sexual Health

School of Community Health and Midwifery

Brook Building, BB337a

+44 (0) 1772 89 3651

Subject Areas: Nursing

Since obtaining her PGDip in Youth and Community Studies at MMU in 2004,  Donna has worked continuously with vulnerable and isolated groups. Donna's work ranges from developing a CSE project, being Countywide SRE Co-ordinator in Staffordshire County Council, creation, development and management of a Myplace Youth and Community Centre and sexual health hub, and more recently managing outreach sexual health provision in Blackpool Council and the WISH team. She is also Trainer and Assessor in Youth and Community Studies within the voluntary sector.

Full Profile

Donna has been an advocate for young people and improving sexual health services continuously when working with isolated and vulnerable young people. 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.

Donna then moved to work in conjunction with DofE to create a young people’s Myplace centre in Staffordshire that focussed on Health and Wellbeing and development of a sexual health hub. 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.

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.

Donna’s expertise is with policies and service level agreements within sexual health. Working alongside NHS sexual health services she implemented the schools on site sexual health services consulting governors, parents, teachers and the community to ensure an excellent standard of sexual health services wherever they are accessed. This includes rural Staffordshire Moorlands and through mobile outreach provision. Donna has worked closely in developing relationships with the traveller community improving their attitudes and behaviours within sexual health and relationships. She has delivered workshops to traveller parents and managed conflict with families around marriage, ‘grabbing’ and exploitation, supporting those on a one to one basis those who have been groomed.

Donna then relocated to Blackpool to develop their sexual health services, in particular outreach provision to target those who are at risk or victims of CSE more recently those who are groomed for  ‘Card Tricking’  working alongside AWAKEN and with young people delivering workshops around contraception, improving their C Card Scheme, pornography, and championing Delay strategies for young people to delay first sex.

Donna was recognised for her skills and was recommended to UR Potential and soon became their Youth Work Tutor and Assessor delivering training to young people and adults nationally recognised Youth Work Qualifications she still maintains her A1 status by assessing students to competencies.

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Donna joined UCLan in 2017 and is module lead for the undergraduate sexual health curriculum in the School of Community Health and Midwifery.



A1 TAQA Assessing Qualification 2011

PGDip Youth and Community Studies, MMU 2004

BA (Hons) Applied Social Science, MMU 1998