Rewarding work in sexual health

Clinical team leader Robyn Connelly wanted a career that involved helping women and her role is the perfect fit

Clinical team leader Robyn Connelly wanted a career that involved helping women and her role is the perfect fit.

Abstract

As part of her day-to-day job, Robyn Connelly is a nurse, counsellor, women’s advocate, safeguarder, social worker and dispenser of many tissues.

The clinical team lead with Marie Stopes International Essex Centre has to be pro-choice, compassionate, and prepared to run the gauntlet of protesters who are often outside the clinic where she works.

‘Some of the protesters are peaceful – they just sit there with their rosary beads. But others will harass clients, telling them that if they have an abortion, they will get breast cancer. It’s challenging for the clients and for us,’ she says.

Ms Connelly started working with Marie Stopes UK – a leading provider of sexual and reproductive services, including abortion services – last summer. Although she joined as a registered nurse, she was quickly promoted to her current team leader role, and is also the lead for early medical units (where medical abortions are carried out) for Essex.

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This article was first published in print in Nursing Standard: volume 30, issue 25

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