Clinical staff and Teachers/Youth workers

This area is for clinical staff and staff who support people around the area of sexual health.

If you require any clinical advice then please contact our Sexual Health Advisor on 078 2537 2014. This number is not staffed full-time so do not use this in case of an emergency and this is NOT a booking line. You can also contact us via email on sexualhealth@northerntrust.hscni.net. This will be checked on a daily basis.  Please refer to the relevant clinic service on Sexual Health clinics and where to find us?’ 

If you are a GP and you have a patient presenting asymptomatic that requires a screening please contact GUM/Sexual Health Clinic to arrange an appointment for a nurse led clinic. These are held as follows:
Monday 9.30am to 12.00pm and 1.30pm to 4.30pm
Tuesday 9.30am to 12.00pm and 1.30pm to 4.30pm
Thursday 9.30am to 12.00pm and 1.30pm to 4.30pm
Friday 9.30am to 12.30pm

If you have a patient who tests positive for any Blood Borne Virus please contact GUM/Sexual Health Clinic for fast track appointment.

Clinical guidance
RCGP Sexually Transmitted Infections in Primary Care 2013.  The Clinical Effectiveness Group of BASHH produces national clinical guidelines for Secondary Care Physicians.  This document is an adaption of these for pragmatic use in a Primary Care setting.

BHIVA has issued guidelines on the clinical indicator diseases for Adult and Paediatric HIV infection

Liverpool University has a HIV Drug Interaction Checker Resource which supports you to ascertain medications which are contraindicated with HIV medication. 

Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)
PEP involves taking anti-HIV medications as soon as possible after the patient may have been exposed to HIV to try to reduce the chance of them becoming HIV positive. These medications keep HIV from making copies of itself and spreading through the body.

Patients can access PEP through GUM service Monday, Wednesday Thursday and Friday 9-5pm Tuesday 9-7pm or Emergency Department out of hours.  This needs to be accessed within 72 hours of the risk occurring.

UK Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraception Use - UKMEC 2016 (Full Guidelines)
The Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare has produced key guidance which is informed by robust and up-to-date evidence on when contraceptives can and cannot be safely used by women across the life course. (Summary Sheets)

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
This document seeks to provide advice and support to frontline professionals who are responsible for safeguarding children and protecting adults from the abuses associated with FGM.  This document is aimed at all frontline staff.

Teachers/Care Professionals
Barnardos have developed an educational tool called 'Wud U?', for those who interact with young people that might be at risk of sexual exploitation.

In August 2015 CCEA issued updated guidance for schools on Relationships & Sexuality Education (RSE).  These documents give advice to schools on further considerations particularly concerning the digital world that young people are now growing up in.  This guidance is for primary and post-primary schools.  If you need any support with policy development in this area please contact sharon.bingham@northerntrust.hscni.net

'Sexting' in schools: advice and support around self-generated images, what to do and how to handle it; is another support for schools navigating this issue.  It provides helpful strategies, pathways and training material for staff in schools.  NSPCC have useful information for professionals in navigating policy and procedures around sexting. 

The Police Service NI and FPA have each produced leaflets detailing legislation on Sex and the Law.  These are useful condensed versions of the Sexual Offences (NI) Order 2008

Youthnet, GenderJam NI and SAIL NI have produced a guidance resource 'Supporting trans youth'  to support trans and non-binary young people in formal & non-formal education. 

Keeping children safe online: Making your organisation safer
The following links provide useful information on how keep children safer online.
NSPCC: NSPCC through their joint e-learning programme with CEOP: Keeping Children Safe Online have great material to help organisations with 'online safety self-assessment tool' developing an 'acceptable use policy' and a proforma for 'E-Safety incident log'.  This training costs £20.  You can then print the material off. 
NSPCC inform: Child protection information advice and support for anyone working with children.
Childnet have some fantastic resources for schools, parents and young people.
ChildLine
CEOP's advice, help and report centre

CEOP's thinkuknow webiste

CEOP's YouTube channel

Beat Bullying
Get Safe Online
Internet watch Foundation: UK Hotline for reporting criminal online content and work with the internet industry, police and international partners to get it removed. Reports to the IWF are confidential and can be submitted anonymously. A report to the Hotline may help to trace and rescue a young victim from further abuse.
ParentPort
Social Network Safety Policies: Twitter, Youtube, Facebook


Preparing young people for Puberty
This Puberty Booklet was developed by the Southern Trust for young people, parents, guardians, foster carers, youth leaders, teachers and discusses the changes that happen at puberty, sex and sexuality, healthy eating and looking after yourself and relationships.  It is illustrated throughout with diagrams and pictures, and answers the kinds of questions that children and teenagers everywhere ask all of the time.

'Always' Puberty Education Programme have some very useful free teaching resources designed both for primary and post primary children aged 9-14 years.  Register with them to order your free class pack and samples and via their webpage you can download teacher guides, lesson plans, worksheets, classroom powerpoints and videos. 

Sexual Health Sheffield have some useful resources to purchase to support conversations with children and supporting material for parents around puberty changes.

Page last updated:18 May 2017