Michele Aims to Help Young

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NAME: Michele Hook. AGE: 45.

JOB TITLE: Senior specialist nurse in sexual health (Outreach Team). WHERE DO YOU WORK? I am based at One to One Centre in Brenkley Avenue, Shiremoor, but have an office at the Youth Village in Hudson Street, North Shields. I work for North Tyneside Primary Care Trust. WHAT DOES YOUR JOB INVOLVE? It is a very varied role encompassing clinical and educational aspects. This includes screening for sexually transmitted infections, client assessment and provision of all methods of contraception, including implants, and educating young people and other health care professionals on all aspects of sexual health and relationships. Working with a small but dedicated team we also hold promotional events across the borough getting feedback from young people in order to guide further service development. WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT QUALITIES YOU NEED FOR THIS TYPE OF WORK? You need to be extremely flexible, non-judgmental and approachable. Good communication skills are essential, ensuring a friendly and caring demeanour at all times. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN THIS PROFESSION? I qualified as a nurse in 1986 so that will be 24 years.

WHERE DID YOU TRAIN AND WHAT DID THAT TRAINING INVOLVE? I trained as a nurse at Preston Hospital working initially, once qualified in A&E at Rake Lane in North Tyneside and then on acute medical wards. I then did a diploma in Health Studies working as a school nurse for five years before doing further training to complete a BSc (hons) degree in Community and Public Health nursing in 2001 at Northumbria University. …