Consultant Nurse in Sexual Health and HIV St Marys NHS Trust

Matthew qualified as a nurse in 1992 at the age of 20, being one of the youngest students to qualify from the Brent and Harrow School of Nursing and Midwifery. Initially, he worked as a staff nurse in Trauma Orthopaedics, before moving into Sexual Health in 1994. Since starting as an outpatient Staff Nurse in GUM and HIV in 1994 he has worked in various roles: Health Adviser, Nurse Practitioner, Senior Nurse for Sexual Health and HIV and Advanced Nurse Practitioner. He has broad experience in sexual health, HIV and family planning and also has experience working with patients with sexual dysfunction.

Matthew has undertaken various courses, including genito-urinary medicine (ENB 276), HIV/AIDS (ENB 934), Family Planning (ENB 901),Teaching and Assessing (ENB 998), and Research (ENB 870),as well as the BASHH course in STIs and HIV. He completed a BSc (Hons) Professional Studies - Nursing in 2002 from Thames Valley University and is an independent (extended and supplementary) nurse prescriber. He is currently writing up his disserta tion for his MSc Nursing (Advanced Nurse Practitioner - Adult) at City University.

He also lectures at Thames Valley University, teaching on sexual health courses as well as teaching on the BASHH STIF course and for the Diploma in Family Planning.

He led the development of the advanced practice forum, which started out as a pan-London organisation and then became part of the GUNA. He is currently the co-chair of the London Network for Nurses and Midwives: Sexual Health Group. He has presented at various conferences, including the international conference for nurse practitioners and the RCN sexual health conference.

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