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Sexual health nurses can migrate to public health sector

3 October 2007

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Nurses working as sexual health advisers can now apply to register as community public health nurses.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has today released new criteria for nurses wishing to migrate to the specialist community public health section of the register.

The NMC collaborated with the Society of Sexual Health Advisors, the Department of Health and the Health Professions Council to allow specialist sexual health nurses to practice under the third part of the nursing register.

“Sexual health advisers play an integral part in the provision of health services to communities,” says Julie Matthews, NMC Professional Adviser in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing.

“Recognising their specialist skills by enabling them to practice under the third part of the register will unsure high standards of practise and certainly strengthens what is a diverse and emerging part of nursing.”

Nurses or midwives working as sexual health advisers who wish to apply as a specialist community nurse in public health can download an application pack from the NMC website.

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