Cath Crossman

Name: Cath Crossman

Job title: Lead Practice Nurse

Organisation: Park Crescent Health Centre GP Practice 

What is your current role?  

Lead Nurse at GP surgery with special interest in contraception/sexual health & women’s health

What prompted you to do this role?

I was a general practice nurse who undertook the CASH course.  Afterwards I decided to set up a local commissioned service in our practice which offers sexual health and contraception drop in service for 13-24 year olds.

What was your route to this role?

I started my career as a midwife after qualifying as a RGN and then undertaking a 18 month conversion to RM.  After 10 years I went into Practice Nursing for more family friendly hours and found my background lent me towards contraception/sexual health and women’s health.    

What education/courses/modules have you undertaken to equip you for the role?

I have undertaking the CASH course at Brighton University, I have obtained my eKA from the faculty of sexual and reproductive health.  I have a letter of competence in intrauterine techniques and a letter of competence in subdermal contraceptive implant techniques. I have twice attended the STIF course.  As a lone worker in the SRH field in my work place I keep myself updated by attending regular updates.

How do you see yourself developing your skills?

I am developing my skills further in women’s health, undertaking menopauses training and general women’s health training.

What is your long-term career plan? 

To continue as I am.

What advice would you give someone thinking about moving to work in sexual health?

I don’t specifically work in sexual health I work as a general practice nurse but I find this aspect of my role varied and interesting and I particularly enjoying engaging with this cohort of patients as my drop in is for 13-24 year olds.  

What do you most enjoy about this area of care?

I particularly enjoy the practical aspects of fitting implants and IUTs.  I also particular enjoy building the trust and engaging with the clients who can be very anxious coming into the service.