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Sexual Health Practitioner (ethnically diverse communities)

NHS AfC: Band 5

Main area
Public Health Promotion
NHS AfC: Band 5
Permanent: 22.5 hours
Part time - 22.5 hours per week (Evening and weekends occasionally)
Job ref
Florence Nightingale Hosptial
£25,655 - £31,534 pa, pro rata
Salary period
18/10/2021 23:59

The Trust is currently under-represented in terms of individuals from BME backgrounds and welcomes applicants from these communities.  DCHS is also an LGBT inclusive employer.  Selection will be on a basis of merit.  The Trust has achieved the status of a Disability Confident Leader and guarantees to invite to assessment applicants who meet the criteria for the job vacancy.  To ensure the diversity of the workforce and understand the differing needs of our communities, the Trust is committed to the principles of Positive Action.

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Job overview

As part of the Sexual Health Promotion (SHP) Team you will play an integral role in the Derbyshire and Derby city Integrated Sexual Health Services (ISHS).

Whilst sexual ill health can affect us all, sexual health inequalities are concentrated in many marginalised communities, and these communities therefore require a more intensive and tailored approach.

This practitioner role will work to address sexual health inequalities which exists within our local ethnically diverse populations.

They will hold the unique and valuable positions of working closely with these communities and the professional networks to develop and deliver evidence-based interventions aimed at addressing inequalities.

This role will play an important role in ensuring that ISHS and our wider networks are delivering culturally sensitive sexual and reproductive health systems and services.

The post holder must also demonstrate the capacity to consider the impact of wider social determinants of health, such as economic deprivation or rural isolation, as well as individual factors, such as age, or sexuality, which may make someone more likely to experience sexual ill health.

The SHP Practitioner will work with SHP Manager, and wider service leads to develop highly effective targeted interventions to those most in need across the county and city.  

Main duties of the job

The role will primarily be delivered through development and delivery of:

  • Community engagement with key partners and those working directly with ethnically diverse groups to identify local population need and opportunities for partnership working.
  • A professionals training package on topics such as; Cultural Sensitivity and Sexual Health, HIV prevention and RSE (relationships and sexual health) for those working with ethnically diverse communities
  • ‘Community Outreach Testing’ delivered in areas of high need/within high risk ethnically diverse communities. Provision of asymptomatic sexual health testing options, including HIV, information and support around testing and referrals into clinical services.
  • ISHS events, promotional materials, website information, training, and community action funds which are aimed at improving the health outcomes of our local ethnically diverse populations.
  • On-going point of contact for local networks of professionals working with ethnically diverse communities in the county and city.
  • Clear pathways and information for our ethnically diverse communities

Working for our organisation

Our purpose is to provide community health services to a patient population of over one million people in Derbyshire and Derby, as part of Joined Up Care Derbyshire.

We employ around 4,200 substantive staff, caring for patients in 11 community hospitals and more than 30 health centres, as well as in clinics, GP practices, schools, care homes and, increasingly, in peoples own homes and via virtual consultations.

During the pandemic response we have led the implementation of public vaccination centres in collaboration with partners across health and social care.

  • One of the largest specialist community NHS providers in the country
  • Among the very best NHS employers as voted by our staff
  • We have a high retention rate
  • High investment into personal development

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

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Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Experience of working to improve the health outcomes of ethnically diverse populations


Essential criteria
  • Degree level or equivalent experience
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Applicant requirements

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship here. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found here. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Kelly-Anne Wood
Job title
Sexual Health Manager
Email address
Telephone number

If you have problems applying, contact

People Resource Team
Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust
Walton Hospital Peter McCarthy Suite
Whitecotes Lane
S40 3HW
07741 296 478