School of Community Health and Midwifery
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Subject Areas: Health, Nursing and Midwifery, Public Health, Social Care
Vicky joined UCLan in April 2017 as a full time Lecturer in Sexual and Reproductive Health. She contributes to teaching on the BSc Sexual health Studies, BSc (Hons) Sexual Health Practice and MSc Sexual Health Studies. Vicky has a background in community based youth inclusion, youth offending, sexual health education outreach, child sexual exploitation and teaching health and social care. Vicky gained Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in 2012.
Vicky has promoted health continuously in community based or teaching roles since gaining her BA (Hons) Degree in Psychology at Chester University in 2001. Her employment has ranged from Sexual Health Education Outreach Worker at Brook, Child Sexual Exploitation Worker at the Engage Team, Youth Justice and ISSP Worker with the Youth Offending Team and Intervention Worker for the Youth Inclusion Programme. The most recent role was Programme Leader of Health and Social Care and Head of Year at Our Lady and St John Catholic (OLSJ) College where Vicky gained Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) after completing the PGCE in Post-Compulsory Education at UCLan in 2012.
Whilst employed at Brook, Vicky was responsible for offering confidential advice and guidance, facilitating condom distribution / STI screening programmes and delivering sex and relationship education (SRE) to young people and professionals across Lancashire. Vicky was praised for her innovative and creative methods of teaching and engaging diverse groups. Vicky was formally recognised for this innovative working by being nominated for 'Brook Employee of the Year' in 2009.
Vicky strengthened her expertise in safeguarding whilst working collaboratively as a Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Worker within the multi-disciplinary Engage Team. She worked alongside Social Workers, Police and local charities. Vicky was responsible for the health and wellbeing of a caseload of exploited young people. Vicky would support young people in choosing contraceptive methods, attending CaSH and GUM services for testing and supporting in rape crisis centres. She was the designated keyworker that attended the safeguarding conferences and review meetings in line with the Lancashire Safeguarding Boards (LSB) recommendations for protecting exploited young people. Vicky would therefore write reports to be presented at conference, attend as part of the Child Protection panel of professionals and support rape victims during their Police Achieving Best Evidence (ABE) interviews. Vicky would also have to report and refer all disclosures of sexual abuse, domestic violence and rape to the appropriate agencies. Vicky was also the Engage representative involved in the Police Force Major Investigation Team (FMIT) when vulnerable young people went missing from home.
Vicky became Lead Internal Verifier in her teaching role for the Health and Social Care Programme and was praised for her high quality assessment of student work in the External Verification process. She was recognised for delivering curious and active teaching and learning approaches in the 2016 OLSJ Teaching Awards. Vicky set up the Health and Social Care Department in 2011 and by 2016 had the best departmental results in school and highest percentage for students making the most levels of progress. Vicky enjoyed delivering topics on Health Promotion, Effective Communication, Care Values and Human Lifespan Development. In her role as Head of Year at OLSJ, Vicky regularly attended relevant training to promote the health and wellbeing of the students. This included training on safeguarding, diversity, motivational interviewing, sexual abuse, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), sexual exploitation, substance misuse and the PREVENT agenda.
Vicky now module leads, teaches and supports students across both the undergraduate and postgraduate sexual health curriculum in the School of Community Health and Midwifery at UCLan.
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Vicky module leads, teaches and supports students across both the undergraduate and postgraduate sexual health curriculum.
March 2016 - Enough Abuse Conference - Enough Abuse Charity
26.02.09 - Sex Crimes and Adolescents - St Mary's Centre Sexual Assault Referral Centre
2008 - Sexual Exploitation Conference, Safe and Sound Conference