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RCN issues new guidance for sexual health nurses

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A new sexual health skills framework was due to be launched this week to help sexual and reproductive health nurses to provide the most effective practice.

The RCN ‘Safer Health Competencies’ guidance outlines the skills that sexual and reproductive health nurses need to develop in order to provide ‘safe, effective and accountable care to patients’. It covers those working in primary, secondary and community care settings across the UK.

The framework is designed as a template that can be modified to suit local needs and can help managers and individual practitioners to review their strengths and identify gaps in their skills.

RCN general secretary Peter Carter said: ‘Nurses play a vitally important role in sexual and reproductive healthcare.

‘This guidance will help to inform the commissioning, development and delivery of appropriate education and training to ensure these nurses have the best possible skills to suit the needs of the patients in their local area,’ he said.

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