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.