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April 2021

FSRH launches flexible diploma for primary care

The Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) has redesigned its nationally recognised diploma to allow nurses and other healthcare professions to pursue more flexible careers in Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (SRH) during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Redesigned FSRH Diploma is now more flexible, educationally robust and relevant for the workplace. Healthcare professionals can easily access content online at any time
  • Curriculum covers safeguarding of children, young people and adults in different areas of care beyond sexual and reproductive healthcare, helping clinicians navigate face-to-face and remote/online consultations
  • The qualification also features enhanced content on women’s health such as pre-conception care, early pregnancy complications as well as contraception for women over 40, for those with a raised BMI and for those who need contraception following pregnancy

The diploma is open to nurses, midwives, GPs, physician associates, pharmacists and paramedics in community, primary care and maternity services.

Dr Anne Lashford, GP and Vice President of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH), said: ‘We know that GPs and healthcare professionals are generally very busy, and at times have to pause their own professional development to tackle urgent priorities in their daily jobs. This situation has worsened throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘The redesigned FSRH Diploma offers a higher degree of flexibility in training to support those who would like to develop rewarding careers in SRH, but struggle with busy schedules. The redesigned Diploma is a significant milestone in our work to widen access to high quality contraception and care for all through training and support to healthcare professionals.’

Practice Nurse 2021;51(3):7