Ruth Bailey

Name: Ruth Bailey

Job title: Nurse Team Leader, Sexual Health and Contraception

Organisation: Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust

What is your current role?  

I lead a nurse delivered contraceptive clinic as part of this service and I fit diaphragms, implants and coils. I am a line manager, I contribute to the service management team I have a responsibility for developing Governance regularly teach learners at all levels including pre and post grad Nurses, medical and pharmacy students and junior doctors.

What prompted you to do this role?

I am passionate about women’s health and see contraception a sexual health as a feminist issue. Sexual Health is hugely diverse, often working with disempowered vulnerable members of society. I see it as an area where Nurses can make a massive contribution to care, enabling people to take control over their own wellbeing.

What was your route to this role?

I fell in love with contraception as a practice nurses when I did my CASH module as part of my Community Nurse Specialist BSC. I enjoyed my placement so much, that I continued to work on the bank at the clinic, after I completed my course. I worked both as a practice nurse and a CASH nurse until a substantive post became available and I continued my career in this field. Three years ago, our service integrated so I developed skills in Sexual health.

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

  • MSc Nursing Studies
  • BSc Community Specialist Practice (Including cash AND Cervical Screening modules)
  • HIV ed STIFF course
  • FSRH Diploma
  • Letter of Comp SDI and IUDs

How do you see yourself developing your skills?

To become FSRH Trainer and Non-Medical Prescriber.

What is your long-term career plan? 

To continue to develop expertise and to work in a developing country.

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

Just do it!

What do you most enjoy about this area of care?

  • Autonomy in nurse led clinics
  • Independently managing episodes of care
  • The diversity of the role and the breadth of technical skills
  • I love it when I fit a coil and a patient says “That wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be”