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An innovative training for nurses in sexual and reproductive health
  1. Shelley Mehigan1,
  2. Janice Burnett2
  1. 1Nurse Specialist in Contraception, Bournemouth, UK
  2. 2Nurse Consultant in Sexual Health, Sexual Health Service, Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, Reading, UK
  1. Correspondence to Ms Shelley Mehigan; shellraine{at}

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Why was a new approach needed?

There is no longer a nationally recognised, standardised training for nurses in sexual and reproductive health (SRH)1 but increasingly services and general practices are using the skills of nurses to deliver contraception and sexual health in clinical practice. In order to provide nurses with the competencies and skills to deliver optimum care at a recognised high standard, and having successfully piloted the use of the, then, new Diploma of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (DFSRH) components into the previous University of Reading course,1 the Nurse Leads in Berkshire decided to develop a training programme for nurses that matches that undertaken by doctors for the DFSRH qualification. The DFSRH is currently being independently reviewed by Professor Ed Peile of the University of Warwick and the Reading team and nurses fed their experiences into this review.

How does the new training work?

Nurses are identified either by direct contact with the services in East and West Berkshire or via the local nurse training commissioners. The two Nurse Leads support these nurses to access and complete all the elements of the DFSRH. After completing the e-SRH e-learning theory element, nurses attend a Course of 5 (C5) either individually, in small groups or as part of a C5 …

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