Overview of the Community Sexual and Reproductive Health Specialty Training Programme
The FSRH oversees the Community Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (CSRH) Specialty Training Programme. The CSRH Programme is only one of the routes available to medical practitioners who wish to specialise in the area of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (SRH). Read more about the Certificate of Equivalence in Specialty Training.
Previously the training pathway in the UK in Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (SRH) was through Obstetrics and Gynaecology as a sub specialty. In 2009 the UK Parliament recognised SRH as an independent specialty in its own right.
The FSRH is focussed on ensuring the Specialty is established, recognised and influential in practice by producing medical experts in contraception, medical/office gynaecology, menopause, unplanned pregnancy with knowledge in GUM, Public Health and sexually transmitted infection care with the vision that medical practitioners have the skills and tools to lead and manage the community based Sexual Health services of the future and lead large multidisciplinary teams.
Read More about Specialty
- Specialty Assessment and Progression through Training
- Specialty ARCP (Annual Review of Competence Progression)
- Specialty Curriculum
- Trainee Resources & Support for Specialty
- Resources and Support for Specialty Trainers
How to become an SRH Consultant
The aim of the CSRH Training Programme requires Registrars to successfully complete the six year run-through training programme commencing at ST1.
The programme follows the CSRH curriculum and is divided into basic (years 1-3), intermediate (years 4-5) and advanced (year 6) training. It comprises of basic training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Sexual and Reproductive Health. Trainees will follow different competencies from O&G trainees which are focused towards medical Gynaecology rather than Labour Ward expertise. Gynaecological competencies will need to be maintained throughout training. The MFSRH Part 1 must be achieved before entering intermediate training.
Intermediate training will extend the strand of Gynaecology and SRH, which will continue to include unplanned pregnancy and Abortion Care, but now also encompass training in Genitourinary Medicine, Public Health, Sexual Assault and Sexual Problems. The MFSRH Part 2 must be achieved before entering advanced training.
Advanced Training will be a year of completing all outstanding competencies but with opportunities for shadowing and preparing for a role as a consultant.
Throughout the programme the trainee will undergo training in leadership and management. The programme develops the skills required to lead and manage the community based Sexual Health services of the future and lead large multidisciplinary teams.
Once the programme has successfully been completed, the trainee will be able to apply to the GMC for Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) or a Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration – Combined Programme (CESR(CP)) depending on the route taken.
See below for a diagram outlining the CSRH curriculum
Who is responsible for the Specialty Programme?
The FSRH Specialty Advisory Committee (SAC) has overall responsibility for overseeing the CSRH Specialty Programme. The FSRH SAC works with ARCP Panels to ensure trainees meet required competencies throughout their training journey.
Interested in a career in SRH?
Recruitment to the CSRH specialty programme is conducted centrally. This means that applications to speciality posts will no longer be to individual Deaneries/Local Education and Training Boards but will be managed centrally between the FSRH and Health Education England.
Personal beliefs guidance:
At the time of application for your FSRH qualification, you need to confirm you have read the 6 principles of care as outlined in the “Guidance for those undertaking or recertifying FSRH qualifications whose personal beliefs conflict with the provision of abortion or any method of contraception” and agree to abide by them in practice. It is, therefore, important to have read this document prior to commencing training.