Justin Gaffney

Justin Gaffney

Justin Gaffney RN

Helen has known Justin since the early 1990s when she was working as an Outreach Nurse Specialist in Lambeth, South London and he was setting up the Working Men’s Project at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London; a project that dealt with the sexual health needs of male sex workers in the West End / Soho areas of London.

Justin has 20 years experience in sexual health and HIV prevention, with a focus on men’s sexual health. He’s held several pioneering clinical roles within these areas.

Justin leads the Sexual Conditions programme.

Justin says:

“I have over 20 years’ worth of experience working in the NHS, mostly in pioneering clinical roles within sexual health and HIV prevention. I was responsible for developing initiative services within the sexual health department of St Mary’s Hospital, London, including the Working Men Project, and the Sexual Health Information & Protection (SHIP) team. An experienced staffside representative, who from 2004 – 2007 managed the introduction of Agenda for Change (AfC) (the new pay and terms & conditions within the NHS) at St Mary’s, having the Department of Health and NHS London cite St Mary’s as an example of best practice.

My time post AfC was spent leading on staff engagement and various HR work-streams (such as policy integration) in preparation for the creation of the UK’s first Academic Health Science Centre – Imperial Healthcare NHS Trust, until I left the NHS at the end of 2007.

I also Chair the Genito Urinary Nurses Association (GUNA), run a successful private sexual health practice, and am available on a consultancy basis for training in the AfC job evaluation process; and with a team of associates, conducting independent job evaluation for NHS Trusts.

I was a member of the team at RCN London, as a sessional Assistant Officer for SE London, having experience within the SE London sector and SW England within this role.

My current focus is the development of MSH Health & Wellbeing CIC, at our new offices in Angel, N1 – offering innovative therapies for mind and body; and a new home care service called ‘MSH@Home’.”


  • Communication
  • Clinical & Diagnostic & Policy
  • Sexual Health consultation
  • Health Service Management
  • Organisational Development


  • 20 years experience working in sexual health and HIV prevention
  • 12 years as Chairman of the Genito-Urinary Nurses Association (GUNA)
  • 10 years as nurse representative on the bacterial specialist interest group of the British Association of Sexual Health and HIV
  • 2003: Established the Sexual Health Information And Protection (SHIP) team within St Mary’s NHS Hospital, London
  • Guest expert on London’s LBC radio former chat show with Jim Davies


PRINCE II – Project Management
APM Group, London, 2006

ENB 276 – Provision of Care for Persons with Genito-urinary Nursing Problems
City University, 1996

BSc (Hons) Nursing Sexual Health
City University, 1996

ENB 280 – Advanced Care of Persons with HIV /AIDS
City University, 1994

ENB 934 – Care & Management of Persons with HIV Disease & AIDS
Greenwich University, 1993

ENB No.7 – Care & Management of Persons with Genito-Urinary Problems
Middlesex University, 1993

Registered Nurse
Southbank University, 1992

Diploma of Higher Education (Nursing)
Southbank University, 1992


MSH Wellbeing, 2009 – Current
MSH Wellbeing is the trading arm of MSH Health & Wellbeing Community Interest Company (MHW-CIC), a not-for-profit social enterprise based in Islington but working across inner London. We have a multidisciplinary team which is Nurse led and are regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Our Medical Spa is discreetly located in the heart of Angel, less than 10 minutes walk from transport connections (Angel on Northern line, Highbury & Islington on Victoria line & Overland) along the Liverpool Road. Secured by a buzzer entry (press MSH), entry is then granted via iron security gate, into a tranquil courtyard before passing through to MSH Wellbeing found at the rear of the courtyard.

MSH Health & Wellbeing Community Interest Company, 2009 – Current
MSH Health & Wellbeing Community Interest Company (MHW-CIC) is a not-for-profit social enterprise based in Islington but working across inner London. We are commissioned to provide some NHS services within the tri-boroughs of the City of Westminster, London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, and Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. We have a multidisciplinary team which is Nurse led and are regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Associate Director of Organisation Change 
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, 2008 – 2009
Led on staff engagement & consultation for the merger of St Mary’s Hospitals NHS Trust, with the Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust and integration of with the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College, London, to form the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust on 1st October 2007.

Project Manager – Agenda for Change 
St Mary’s NHS Trust, London, 2004 – 2008
As Chair of the Staffside, led as Project Manager the implementation of Agenda for Change (AfC) within St Mary’s NHS Trust, job evaluating over 3000 staff and determining their outcome on the new pay bands, whilst also harmonising the new terms and conditions for all staff. St Mary’s cited by NHS Employers and the DH as a beacon of best practice and exercise resulted in one of the UK’s lowest appeal/review rates, and high satisfaction ratings from staff in the annual staff survey 2007.

Consultant Nurse for STI Control 
St Mary’s NHS Trust, London, 2003 – 2008
Appointed as the first Consultant Nurse in sexual health within St Mary’s, establishing the Sexual Health Information & Protection (SHIP) team, developing the new role of Health Practitioner, to lead on partner notification and use of Motivational Interview Techniques (MIT) to challenge sexual behaviours for patients attending regularly with repeat STIs.

Lead Nurse Practitioner
Parkside Health, 1994 – 1998
Well Men’s Clinic (part-time position – Sat)

Lead Nurse Practitioner
St Mary’s NHS Trust, London, 1994 – 2004
Established and built the internationally renowned Working Men Project (WMP), specialist nurse led sexual health promotion and HIV prevention service for men who sell sex (mostly to other men). Developed the UK’s first sexual health nurse treatment protocols, allowing dispensing of appropriate medication to treat STIs before the publication of the Crown Report in 1999 and development of Patient Group Directions (PGDs). Remained Honorary Nurse Consultant with the WMP until the end of March 2007, undertaking a weekly clinic during secondment to Agenda for Change and Organisational Development.

Staff Nurse
Kings College Healthcare, 1993 – 1994

HIV in-patients/GU out-patients (rotational) Staff Nurse – Grade E
Staff Nurse

St Mary’s NHS Trust, London, 1992 – 1993
Zachary Cope Ward (Vascular Surgery/HDU) Staff Nurse – Grade D

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