Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

Caring for Victims of Sexual Violence in a Non-Specialised Service and Referral to a SATU

This CPD programme provides registered nurses and midwives with insight into the impact of sexual violence on the patient, the specialised care in a Sexual Assault Treatment Unit (SATU), the importance of effective communication when a patient discloses sexual violence in a non-specialised service and the benefits of an interagency response.

Programme duration 6 hours
Entry requirements Registered nurses and midwives
  • Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, RCSI Continuing Nursing & Midwifery Education Units: 6 CNMEUs
  • Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) Continuing Education Units: 6 CEUs
Assessment No
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Programme contact

Ms Catherine Clune Mulvaney, Operations & Education Manager, Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland


Programme aims

  • To provide registered nurses and midwives with up-to-date, evidenced based knowledge to critically develop nurses’ theoretical and practical understanding of sexual violence, SATU – role and referral pathways, initial response to disclosure of sexual violence and importance of effective interagency working.
  • To support registered nurses and midwives in enhancing their confidence, skills and competences, with regard to responding to a disclosure of sexual violence, effective communication, referral to appropriate services and follow-up care.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this CPD programme, participants will be able to:

  • Critically discuss what sexual violence means.
  • Understand how to respond when a patient discloses sexual violence.
  • Critically discuss the function of a SATU.
  • Understand how to refer a patient to their local SATU.
  • Critically discuss the importance of effective communication in difficult situations.
  • Identify situations where referral to child protection services and/or services for vulnerable adults is necessary.
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