Assessing the sexual health of mental health service users

This learning module has been accredited by the Royal College of Nursing and was last updated in 2016.

All modules are subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software.

Duration: 01:00:00 Type: CPD modules Level: Students, Qualified Nurses


John Salkeld, Senior lecturer practitioner, Faculty of Health and Life Science, Northumbria University, and practice placement facilitator, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, Newcastle Upon Tyne, England.

Short description

Learn how to use a step-by-step approach to explore sexual health and sexuality with mental health service users.

Detailed description

This learning module encourages the reader to consider sexuality and sexual health as essential to a full nursing assessment. It discusses the reasons why nurses should be more open in consultations with mental health service users in regard to sexual health. A step-by-step model that assists nurses in their interventions with service users on issues of sexuality is explored, and each stage of the model is explained. Although predominantly directed at mental health nurses, the main principles in this module could be adapted and applied to other care contexts, such as adult nursing.