Members of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV have named a senior nurse from the Jefferiss Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in London as their new national nursing representative in genitourinary medicine.
One of Colin Roberts’ roles will be to help devise a nationally recognised ‘skills passport’ for sexual health nurses and doctors, which he hopes will eliminate the need for new sets of assessment and training when joining a new organisation.
Mr Roberts also hopes that the passport will make it easier for nurses and sexual health practitioners to move between organisations and up the promotion ladder.
He said: “I am passionate about what we do in sexual health and very keen on working on what the role of the nurse can become, as opposed to what it is.
“I was surprised when I found out that I had been elected to the role as I have only been in the UK for 14 years.”
He added: “I think that since that time, I have worked closely with my colleagues bringing more respect to and raising the profile of nurses in the Jefferiss Wing.”
Before moving to England, Mr Roberts lived in Australia, where he worked with HIV patients and set up a community service in Tasmania. He was one of the first SHPs at St Mary’s Hospital when he started in 1997.
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