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Marie Therese is a Queen's Nurse, Course leader of Non-Medical and Pharmacist Independent Prescribing at Sheffield Hallam University and a General Practice Nurse in Sheffield
I have been a General Practice Nurse for 25 years and I have also been working in nursing education for the last 12 years. I originally started teaching on the family planning and reproductive sexual health courses including cervical cytology at the University of Sheffield and I am now at Sheffield Hallam University contributing to the community and public health content of the curriculum. In my clinical role I specialise in sexual health and take the lead in this area for the Practice.
JCCT approached me in early 2015 to review a new film resource targeted at women with low literacy from a black and minority ethnic (BME) background. I also helped to identify a nurse from a BME background to appear in the film.
This was particularly opportune as I work in one of the most deprived parts of Sheffield with a high population of BME women from all different backgrounds, including Pakistani, Yemen and Somali. However the proportion of health care professionals from a BME background is low in the area so consequently there are few role models for the women to relate to. A resource like this film is therefore excellent for educational purposes and for reaching marginalised groups that have been shown to be less likely to attend cervical screening.
Since its launch I have been disseminating the film resource to my contacts and colleagues from organisations such as Sheffield Hallam University, the Queen's nursing Institute and the Cancer Nursing Partnership to be included in their newsletters and intranets.
As someone who has spoken to women's support groups in various communities on the importance of cervical screening, it's a fantastic tool for outreach work. I also think it would be a useful teaching resource for student nurses to help them understand the difficulties and challenges women from marginalised groups in our society face when it comes to all aspects of health care including cervical screening.
I have enjoyed working with the Jo's. For me this is really valuable work and whilst I do it in my own spare time, if I can find a few spare hours to give feedback and help shape resources like this film – which in turn helps me in my work within the communities in Sheffield – it's hugely worthwhile.