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Professional development

This page describes professional development opportunities for health care professionals who wish to further their training or get more involved in the provision of sexual health and contraception care.

Training provided by Unity Sexual Health

  • Unity Young People training in Bristol: UYP (formerly 4YP training)

    Since April 2018 Unity has been providing UYP training –  previously known as 4YP. The 4YP brand no longer exists in Bristol.

    We run a programme of events that are aimed at health and non-health professionals working with and supporting young people to have healthy and safe sexual relationships. UYP training is free to attend.

    In line with commissioning agreements, priority for UYP training is given to staff working with young people in the Bristol area. Individuals from North Somerset and South Glos are encouraged to email to register an interest. 8 weeks before the event any remaining places will be offered to delegates from North Somerset and South Glos. Bristol delegates are thus encouraged to register early to avoid disappointment.

    Please also note that for each course there is a minimum number of delegates required in order to run the event. In the event that this number is not reached the event will have to be cancelled and any delegates booked on will be informed 1 week before.

     

    Level 1 Sex and Relationship Education (1/2 day)

    This training prepares those who work with young people to answer queries about sex and relationships, and to refer young people to sources of further advice and services as appropriate. It provides and understanding of the law relating to sex and relationship issues

    Outcomes

    • Clarifies how their role contributes to young people’s sexual health issues and local targets and priorities
    • Explores issues of personal values and beliefs and the impact on professional boundaries
    • Understands the law relating to sex and relationship
    • Feels confident to signpost young people for relevant support

    Dates:

    • Tuesday 25th June 9.30am-1.00pm at South Bristol Community Hospital, BS4 0DE, Conference room 1

    Note £4.20/day parking – pay in café open till 5pm

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    • Tuesday 10th December 2019 9.30am-1.00pm at Brook, The Station, Silver St, Bristol BS1 2AG

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    Consent (1/2 day)

    This training aims help those working with young people understand the law, the gender norms, stereotypes and cultural factors which may affect young people’s ability to consent and provide resources to help young people to develop awareness and confidence in communicate about consent with their partners.

    Outcome

    • Understand the range of pressures that affect the negotiation of consent in relationships
    • Understand the legal framework relating to consent and the myths
    • Feel confident to explore issues around seeking and receiving consent in sexual relationships
    • Know where to signpost young people for further support relating to experiences of non-consensual sex

    Dates:

    • Tuesday 30th April 2019 9.30am-1.00pm at Central Health Clinic, Tower Hill, BS2 0JD, Seminar room

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    • Tuesday 25th February 2020: 9.30am-1.00pm at (Venue TBC)

    Booking not yet open

     

    Healthy Relationships and Teen Abuse (1 day)

    This training will help those working with young people understand abusive teen relationships, know how to respond effectively and safely and prevent abuse while promoting healthy relationships.

    Outcomes

    • Understand what domestic violence and abuse is; its forms and impacts on young people
    • Understand the prevalence of abuse and the cultural context
    • Identify vulnerable young people and risk factors
    • Feel confident dealing with disclosures and signposting to services
    • Understand how to work with, and refer on, abusive young people
    • Feel confident using practical activities with young people to prevent or stop abuse

    Dates:

    • Tues 19th March: 9.30am-4.00pm at South Bristol Community Hospital, BS4 0DE, Conference room 1

    Note £4.20/day parking – pay in café open till 5pm

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    • Tues 24th September: 9.30am-4.00pm at Central Health Clinic, Tower Hill, BS2 0JD, Seminar room

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    HIV awareness

    This training is delivered by Unity partners, the Terence Higgins Trust.

    The learning event aims to support professionals who work with young people to explore issues relating to HIV.

    Outcomes:

    • Provide an understanding of HIV transmission
    • Discuss prevention strategies (safer sex, TaSP)
    • Explore living with HIV and how to find out more through interactive group work
    • Provide tools and engagement methods to support young people with their learning.

    Dates

    Monday 29 April 2019, 0930-1300 at Central Health Clinic, Tower Hill, BS2 0JD, Seminar room

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    Monday 04 November 2019, 0930-1300 at Central Health Clinic, Tower Hill, BS2 0JD, Seminar room

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    LGBTQ training

    This training is delivered by Unity partners, the Terence Higgins Trust.

    Dates:

    Monday 01 July 2019, 1.00-4.30pm at Central Health Clinic, Tower Hill, BS2 0JD, Seminar room

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    Monday 03 February 2020, 9.30am-1.00pm at Central Health Clinic, Tower Hill, BS2 0JD, Seminar room

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    Pregnancy Decisions and Dilemmas ( 1 day)

    This is aimed at the Young People’s Workforce-those who work directly with young people such as Learning Mentors in schools, School Nurses, Support Workers, Young People’s housing workers, Youth Workers, drug and alcohol workers, those working for young people’s charities, social workers etc.

    Outcomes:

    • Identify tools, strategies and support for working with young people who are pregnant or at risk of pregnancy
    • Increase confidence to discuss pregnancy options with young people
    • Reflect on your own views of teenage pregnancy and abortion and how they might affect your  practice
    • Confidentiality and the law

    Wednesday 1st May 2019 9.00am-4.00pm at Central Health Clinic,Tower Hill, Bs2 0JD, Seminar room

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    Wednesday 5th February 2020 9.00am-4.00pm at Central Health Clinic,Tower Hill, Bs2 0JD, Seminar room

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    Pornography, Sexting & Social Networks (1 day)

    This training aims to raise awareness of the role social media, pornography and sexting plays in young people sexual encounters and relationships.  Through learning about the impact on young people and the legal framework relating to sexting and pornography professionals will have then explore how to respond and support young people to keep themselves safe and nurture healthy relationships

    Outcomes:

    • Understand the messages and impact of social media, pornography and sexting on young people’s relationships
    • Understand risks including the legal implications of pornography and sexting
    • Feel confident to respond to situations involving pornography and/or sexting
    • Be familiar with resources available and practical tools to support young people around issues associated  with social media, pornography and sexting

    Tuesday 22nd October 2019 – 9.30am-4.00pm at Brook, The Station, Silver Street, Bristol BS1 2AG

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    STI and Chlamydia Screening Update (1/2 day)

    Outcomes

    • Understand the prevalence of STIs and chlamydia in young people
    • Describe interventions that can reduce transmission of STIs and chlamydia
    • Discuss the role of the Chlamydia screening programme in Bristol

    Dates:

    • Thursday 16th May 2019 9.00am-.00pm at Central Health Clinic, Tower Hill, BS2 0JD, Seminar room

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    • Thursday 16th January 2020 9.00am-1.00pm at Central Health Clinic, Tower Hill, BS2 0JD, Seminar room

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    STI and contraception: Myth-busting

    Outcomes

    • Identify common myths and misinformation surrounding STIs and contraception
    • Support young people to be able to access reliable information
    • Signpost young people for advice

    Dates:

    • Thursday 10th October 2019 9.00am-1.00pm at Central Health Clinic, Tower Hill, BS2 0JD, Seminar room

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    • Thursday 12th March 2020 9.00am-1.00pm at Central Health Clinic, Tower Hill, BS2 0JD, Seminar room

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    C-Card Training (1/2 day)

    This is available to professionals working in the Bristol  area only.

    Dates:

    Tuesday 26th March 2019: 9.30am-1.30pm at Unity@Brook, The Station, Silver St, Bristol BS1 2AG

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    Thursday 23rd May 2019: 9.30am-1.30pm at Unity@Brook, The Station, Silver St, Bristol BS1 2AG

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    Thursday 18th July 2019: 9.30am-1.30pm at Unity@Brook, The Station, Silver St, Bristol BS1 2AG

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    Thursday 19th September 2019: 9.30am-1.30pm at Unity@Brook, The Station, Silver St, Bristol BS1 2AG

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    Thursday 21st November 2019: 9.30am-1.30pm at Unity@Brook, The Station, Silver St, Bristol BS1 2AG

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    Thursday 23rd January 2020: 9.30am-1.30pm at Unity@Brook, The Station, Silver St, Bristol BS1 2AG

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    Thursday 19th March 2020: 9.30am-1.30pm at Unity@Brook, The Station, Silver St, Bristol BS1 2AG

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    For those working in South Gloucestershire or North Somerset there are separate C card training arrangements:

    South Gloucestershire:  Click here for further information on registering as a C:card provider in South Gloucershire.

    North Somerset:  Click here for further information on registering as a C:card provider in North Somerset or email Kate Blakley, Health Improvement Specialist (Kate.Blakley@n-somerset.gov.uk ).

  • Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare Diploma

    The Diplomate Assessment of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH Diploma) is for healthcare professionals who wish to demonstrate that they have attained the knowledge, attitude and skills required to deliver safe and effective sexual and reproductive health care in community, primary and secondary care settings. The programme is open to clinicians with both registration and a licence to practise with a UK regulatory body. It is open to both doctors and nurses.

    The Diploma is a blended learning package and involves different elements:

    • All candidates have to pass an online knowledge assessment known as the eKA in SRH. Candidates can prepare for the eKA through an e-learning package (e-SRH) developed through the Department of Health’s e-Learning for Healthcare. This is also a requirement for those wishing to gain the FSRH Letter of Competence in Intrauterine Techniques (LoC IUT) and Letter of Competence in Subdermal Contraceptive Implant Techniques (LoC SDI). See section 4 for more information about LARC training.
    • Course of 5 (five hours of small group workshops)- see below for upcoming Bristol date
    • Clinical experience and assessment (practical sessions in a clinical situation)

    Unity offers clinical placements for the “clinical experience and assessments” stage of the Diploma.

    For further information, please email DFSRH Training (DFSRHtraining@UHBristol.nhs.uk) or visit http://www.fsrh.org/careers-and-training/

     

    Course of 5 @ Unity Central

    Tues 5th February 2019 9am-5pm at Central Health Clinic, BS2 0JD.

    To book, email email Fay Webb (fay.webb@UHBristol.nhs.uk)

    Prior to attending the Course of 5, candidates will be required to have passed the eKA (electronic knowledge assessment) and completed the pre course requirements:   http://www.fsrh.org/pdfs/C5_TraineeGuidelines.pdf

  • Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare Course of 5

    The next Course of 5 will be on  Tuesday 5th Feb 2019

    The Course of 5 involves five hour-long workshops and includes nine assessments. This is a mandatory stage of assessment for those working to obtain the Diploma in Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (DFSRH).

    For further information, please email DFSRH Training (DFSRHtraining@UHBristol.nhs.uk

  • Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare Letters of Competence (LoCs)

    The FSRH LoCs are training programmes aimed at doctors and nurses already working in general practice, community and integrated sexual health services who wish to develop the necessary knowledge, attitude and skills to support women seeking contraception. It will enable them to hold consultations, provide intrauterine (LoC IUT) or subdermal (LoC SDI) contraception competently, and manage any complications or side-effects that may occur.

    Unity offers clinical placements for the “clinical training and assessments” stage.

    For further information, please email DFSRH Training (DFSRHtraining@UHBristol.nhs.uk) or visit the FSRH website: http://www.fsrh.org/careers-and-training/

  • Medical placements and attachments

    If you are a medical student or doctor and would like to arrange a placement or taster day at Unity Sexual Health, please email our Medical Administrator Diane Anscombe (Diane.Anscombe@UHBristol.nhs.uk)

  • Nursing placements

    If you are a nursing student or qualified nurse and would like to arrange a placement at Unity Sexual Health, please email our Medical Administrator  Zoe Carter (Zoe.Carter@UHBristol.nhs.uk) if you would like to organise a day placement or Unity Sexual Health Matron Ann Steele-Nicholson (Ann.Steele-Nicholson@UHBristol.nhs.uk).

  • Annual Updating Day

    This is an annual whole day learning event delivered by Unity Sexual Health. It is aimed at GPs, practice nurses and any other health professionals working with young people or with an interest in contraception and sexual health. The aim is to support clinical professionals in delivering  effective and safe sexual and reproductive health care.   It costs approximately £100 for doctors and roughly half of that for nurses. A copy of the programme is available below.

    The date for the next event is 14 May 2019

    Venue: Holiday Inn Filton

    Enquiries to: Shonda Powell, Suite 313, 179 Whiteladies Road, Bristol,  BS8 2AG Tel: 01225 436 129

    Email: enquiries@spcorporateservices.com

  • LARC Fitters Forums

    Implant and IUC fitters forums are held regularly at Unity Central Health Clinic. If you wish to attend please  email DFSRH Training (DFSRHtraining@UHBristol.nhs.uk)

    Below is the list of dates for 2018/19:

    Implant fitter forums 1-2pm at Central Health Clinic, seminar room

    Wednesday 06th February

    Wednesday 20th March

    Wednesday  19th June

    Wednesday 2nd October

    Wednesday 11th December

    IUC fitter forums 1-2pm, at Central Health Clinic, seminar room

    Wednesday 30th January 2019

    Wednesday 13th February 2019

    Wednesday 15th May 2019

    Wednesday 11th  September 2019

    Wednesday 4th  December 2019

     

    Additional Evening IUC fitter forum at Horfield Health Centre

    Weds 30 Jan 2019 – 7.15-8.30pm – *sponsored by Bayer

Associated organisations providing training

  • Avon group for Contraception and Sexual health

    The Avon Group for Contraception and Sexual Health is a membership group providing training and updates for doctors and nurses who have a special interest in Contraception and Sexual Health. The group aims to provide a high quality of educational meetings (three per year) to doctors, nurses and health advisers, providing contraception sexual and reproductive health care to the populations within Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. This includes primary care and specialist services.

    Please see the website for further information.

  • Brook

    Brook are a UK-wide organisation, providing sexual health and contraception services for everyone under the age of 25 years.

    An important part of this work has been providing training to adults working with young people in a range of settings- from health professionals to teachers and youth workers.

    Please see the Brook website for further infortmation https://www.brook.org.uk/our-work/category/training-for-professionals

    Brook are Unity’s partner organisation who are responsible for delivering all the C-card training in Bristol and many of the UYP training events such as:

    • Level 1 Sex and Relationship Education (1/2 day)
    • Consent ( 1/2 day)
    • Healthy and Relationships Teen Abuse ( 1 day)
    • Pornography, Sexting and Social Networks ( 1 day)
  • C:card

    To prepare those working with young people to run C:Card registration points which make it easier for them to access condoms when they need them and increasing opportunities for them to talk to trained workers.

    Unity@Brook provides C-card training for professionals working in the Bristol  area only.

    Tues 22nd January 2019: 9.30am-1.30pm at Unity@Brook, The Station, Silver St, Bristol BS1 2AG

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    Tuesday 26th March 2019: 9.30am-1.30pm at Unity@Brook, The Station, Silver St, Bristol BS1 2AG

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    Thursday 23rd May 2019: 9.30am-1.30pm at Unity@Brook, The Station, Silver St, Bristol BS1 2AG

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    Thursday 18th July 2019: 9.30am-1.30pm at Unity@Brook, The Station, Silver St, Bristol BS1 2AG

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    Thursday 19th September 2019: 9.30am-1.30pm at Unity@Brook, The Station, Silver St, Bristol BS1 2AG

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    Thursday 21st November 2019: 9.30am-1.30pm at Unity@Brook, The Station, Silver St, Bristol BS1 2AG

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    Thursday 23rd January 2020: 9.30am-1.30pm at Unity@Brook, The Station, Silver St, Bristol BS1 2AG

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    Thursday 19th March 2020: 9.30am-1.30pm at Unity@Brook, The Station, Silver St, Bristol BS1 2AG

    Click here to book

     

    For those working in South Gloucestershire or North Somerset there are separate C card training arrangements:

    South Gloucestershire:  Click here for further information on registering as a C:card provider in South Gloucershire.

    North Somerset:  Click here for further information on registering as a C:card provider in North Somerset or email Kate Blakley, Health Improvement Specialist (Kate.Blakley@n-somerset.gov.uk ).

  • Terence Higgins Trust

    Terence Higgins Trust will be running events as part of UYP training on HIV updates and LGBTQ training.

  • University of the West of England (UWE) Bristol

    UWE Bristol currently run two degree level integrated sexual health modules suitable for practice nurses and allied health professionals:

    1. Promoting Sexual Health in Practice http://courses.uwe.ac.uk/UZVSQA203

    This module is taught over 5 consecutive days at the Glenside Campus of UWE, Bristol and provides an overview of sexual health issues including: contraception, STIs, pregnancy options, sexual violence and difficulties, values and attitudes and sexual history taking. Students have 3 months to complete a 3000 word essay. This module is worth 20 credits at first degree level and is also available to study at Master’s level.

    1. Integrated Practice for Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare http://courses.uwe.ac.uk/UZVRVC203 This 20 credit module supports nurses to achieve the DFSRH (1.1) and is suited to nurses who have existing sexual health nursing knowledge and experience, access to regular consultations of a sexual health nature and a mentor in practice. The module is run over 9 months with a start date in January at UWE Glenside. The majority of the learning is online and in practice with only 3 taught days at UWE Glenside.

    For more information including part funding opportunities contact Hettie.lean@uwe.ac.uk

  • Health Learning Partnership

    Health Learning Partnership offer education for GPs and primary care practitioners in and around Bristol.

    The course list can be found here.

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