A career in...
A career in community sexual and reproductive health
Great communication skills and a non-judgmental attitude are key to a successful career in community sexual and reproductive health
- By: Jilna Shukla
The community sexual and reproductive health specialist is on the front line of sexual health. You need to be able to develop a rapport with patients, who may include sex workers, teenagers with unwanted pregnancy, and victims of sexual assault or genital mutilation. The broad clinical skills needed include medical gynaecology, contraceptive services, and genitourinary medicine. You might find yourself working outside of traditional NHS settings—for example, taking a mobile sexual health service to music festivals or brothels.
As well as the expected clinical topics, the six year training programme takes in wider aspects of medicine, including public health, psychology, anthropology, economics, and politics.
Community sexual and reproductive health is a six year “run through” programme, which means you can apply straight after foundation training, and it will take you all the way to consultant level. As a trainee, you usually work 9 am to 5 pm on weekdays, with