Specialist Nurse in Sexual Health & Contraception
Registered Midwife, NMP, BA, BSc, LoC SDI, LoC IUT & DFSRH
Family Planning & Contraception (esp. pain management during IUD procedures), Menopause & STI/HIV Care
- Discussing women’s health issues on BBC radio Leicester
- Providing an increased choice of analgesia during coil fitting/removal and smear tests
- Part-Time lecturer at De Montfort university, delivering Sexual Health and Contraception to student and qualified nurses, midwives and paramedics
- Team Leader- CHOICES for 4 years (delivering sexual health to under 25s)
Julie started her training as a Midwife in 1991 and qualified in 1994. In the years before entering sexual health, she was a team midwife, worked in all areas of midwifery within the hospital and community settings and part of the wider multidisciplinary team in maternity care. Mentorship of the next generation of midwives was an extremely important element of her role and she managed the rotation of midwifery and nursing students in the team.
Finding her niche within Contraception and Sexual Health in 2002 has meant many achievements, including Non-Medical prescriber status together with fitting and removing contraceptive coils and implants. Her passion for young people was invaluable as she managed the CHOICES NHS Sexual Health outreach programmes for under 25’s in Leicester and Leicestershire. This role developed over the years and included teaching on various sexual health network events, STIFF courses and updates for community pharmacists.
Besides her NHS work, Julie is greatly enthusiastic about passing on knowledge and skills to other practitioners. A part time contract with De Montfort University enables sexual health to be on the public health agenda when teaching student midwives and nurses regarding their professional responsibility regarding the importance of good sexual health.
Julie is currently undertaking further training, so in the future she will be able to train Nurses and Doctors to fit/remove implants/coils with her passion for pain free coil fitting.
Outside of Contraception and sexual health, Julie has a keen interest in all things crafty and enjoys spending time outdoors with the family and the dog.