Currently I am Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of Nottingham, where I lead the undergraduate degree in Nursing. I have been a nurse for 30 years and for the past 20 years this has been within sexual health and HIV. This has led to my appointment as member of the Executive Committee of the National HIV Nurses Association, where I chair the education committee. I also sit on the British HIV Association Scientific and Education Committee, which explores and supports research and teaching in the field of HIV medicine.
Much of the time spent with clients in HIV and sexual health settings relies on effective health promotion and education to address behaviour change, address health inequalities and stigma, and to support a healthy lifestyle as people diagnosed with HIV in the United Kingdom can now experience a similar life expectancy to those without HIV. It is important to recognise in these fields of healthcare that like most condoms, one size does not fit all and practitioners require a range of health promotion and education approaches to meet the needs of the individuals to help to reduce the transmission of infections.