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Nurse education in sexual health
  1. Matthew Christopher Grundy-Bowers1,
  2. Ashini Fox2
  1. 1Department of the Jefferiss Wing, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London, UK
  2. 2Department of Medicine Building, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Nottingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Matthew Christopher Grundy-Bowers, Department of the Jefferiss Wing, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, St Mary's Hospital, Praed Street, London W12 0HS, UK; matthew.grundybowers{at}imperial.nhs.uk

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Jeremy Hunt's announcement of new measures to support the NHS workforce (November 2016) prompted the authors to reflect on the clinical education of qualified nurses in sexual health.

Consultant nurses

Since their introduction in 2000, the ‘pinnacle’ of the clinical nursing career (as with physicians) is the consultant post.1 Trainee Consultant Nurse (CN) programmes, although few in number, provide a useful framework for developing aspiring CN, with many incorporating doctoral degrees to meet the growing expectation that CN are educated to doctoral level.1 For those CNs not prepared through trainee programmes, doctoral education can be obtained through the traditional PhD route, PhD by publication (for those with extensive publication portfolio) or through a professional doctorate. As expert practitioners, CN should have attained the skills and knowledge required for advanced practice as a prerequisite.

Advanced practice nurses

The regulation of advanced nursing practice (ANP) by the Nursing and Midwifery …

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