Trainee Resources & Support for Specialty

e-Portfolio help and guidance

Your e-Portfolio provides a comprehensive record of your training and documents your progress. Both you and your trainer can use it to make your training explicit, accountable, systematic and suitable. Please remember that your e-Portfolio may also be reviewed in your ARCPs. You will receive a CSRH NES e-Portfolio account when you start your training, and you should start building this up straightaway. In particular, your e-Portfolio should include:

  • your attendance at courses and formal teaching sessions 
    (i.e. where you were the learner/trainee)
  •  teaching sessions / presentations given 
    (i.e. where you were the teacher/trainer)
  • any quality improvement projects you have done
  • log of procedures 
  • publications
  • reflections

Your Educational Supervisor should use the Induction and Appraisal form or the Educational Meeting form in your e-Portfolio to record the outcomes of their meetings with you.

Educational logs

The ‘Reflection’ part of your e-Portfolio contains an educational log that lets you record different events and experiences. These are:

• formal presentations (either regional, national or international)
• a general log, which you can use to record procedures you have completed, or other events and activities
• audits (to record audit or other quality improvement projects)
• publication (for posters, journal papers or other publications you have written)
• reflective practice*
• research (for any research activities in which you have been involved)
• teaching sessions (where you were the teacher/trainer)**

*Although the reflective practice form has a ‘clinical situation’ section, please do not limit your reflections only to clinical situations. Instead, use this section to record reflections of any kind that contribute to your professional development.

**The e-Portfolio forms for teaching sessions have no section for audience/learner feedback and the reflections this provokes. This is an oversight on the part of the portfolio and so, we encourage you and your trainer to include your reflections on teaching sessions that you give, for example, in the box about ‘type of audience’.

Personal Development Plan (PDP)

The PDP is your chance to set out what you expect to achieve during each post/attachment and throughout the training programme. You should work with your Educational Supervisor to develop your PDP, and you should update it after your educational / appraisal meetings.

Make sure you review your PDP regularly. Identify learning objectives, outline how you will meet these, how long this will take, and the evidence that you will use to show that you have completed them. You should agree all these with your supervisor and, once achieved, you can tick them off. However, they will remain on your PDP to reflect your achievements during training.


You should use the ‘Courses’ section in your e-Portfolio profile to record all training courses and conferences that you attend. Although the section contains no space for reflecting on your learning from each event/course, we hope that you will use a reflective practice form to record your personal and professional development in each instance, rather than simply documenting your attendance. (Please ignore the ‘exam passed’ section).

Learning resources for the CSRH programme

This page supplements the learning resources suggested within the curriculum. Here we hope you will find courses, articles and/or ideas that will support your learning. It can quickly incorporate new resources .

However, this ability depends on help and input from trainers and trainees. Please contact the FSRH Specialty Officer if you have any feedback, or suggestions for new resources and learning materials.

List of recommended Courses for the CSRH trainee

Although no one course is compulsory, the Faculty’s Specialty Advisory Committee believes that the courses listed below provide essential support for the curriculum. As a result, attendance should be eligible for funding and study leave in line with your local arrangements.

• Annual CSRH Trainees’ Day  - Contact the Chair of the Trainee Network: Dr Lucy Michie 
• FSRH Annual Scientific Symposia and Current Choices meetings
The SAC recommends that ST4-6 trainees should receive financial support for up to three UK conferences during intermediate training where they are submitting oral and/or poster presentations. For ST1-3 trainees, support is at the discretion of the Training Programme Director.
• Simulator training (where relevant)
• BASHH & RCOG conferences / courses (where relevant)
• Basic Practical Skills in O&G course (RCOG-approved)
This is a three day course – the two days on gynae/generic surgery skills are the most relevant
• USS Skills course
• FSRH special skills module course for menopause (or equivalent)
• BASHH STI/HIV course (modules 1 – 4)
• Public Health for Non-PH specialty trainees course
• PGA Medical Education (SRH) [Link to PGA pages]
• Management and leadership course(s)
• Forensic medicine course
• FSRH special skills module courses for Foundation Sexual Problems (or equivalent)

Your local LETB, Deanery or Trust may offer additional training courses. Please contact them directly for more information.

You may also consider applying for a Faculty scholarship or award. You can find more information here.

e-Learning resources


The e-Learning-for-Health platform is free to any healthcare professional who treats NHS patients. It has a number of programmes relevant to the CSRH curriculum, including:
• e-SRH to support the FSRH Diploma and Letters of Competence
• Sexual Health and HIV – the e-learning programme supporting specialist training in GUM
• Leadership for Clinicians (aka LeAD)
• Management and Leadership Skills
• Female Genital Mutilation
• Domestic Violence and Abuse
• Child Sexual Exploitation

You can find out more on the e-Learning-for-Health website.


StratOG is the RCOG’s interactive eLearning resource. It supports trainees throughout their core training and helps them to prepare for the MRCOG exams.

CSRH trainees can access StratOG at a reduced ‘non-e-Portfolio’ annual fee of £80.

You can access StratOG on the RCOG website, and will also receive the other benefits of RCOG membership. These include:
• quarterly mailings of (and on-line access to) ‘The Obstetrician and Gynaecologist’ (TOG)
• regular mailings of the College’s ‘Membership Matters’ newsletter
• O&G Trainees’ TROG newsletter, emailed three times a year
• access to the RCOG trainees’ resources
• 20% discount on all Cambridge University Press Academic titles
• discounted subscription rates to ‘BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology’

Other organisations

Society of Consultants and Lead Clinicians in Reproductive Health (SCRH)

Any CSRH trainee can attend the annual meetings of this small membership organisation at a reduced rate. In particular, the meetings should help senior trainees develop their understanding of service development, health policy and commissioning; they will also help you develop leadership skills. 

Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (FMLM)

The FMLM was established in 2011 to raise the standard of patient care by improving medical leadership. It also works to support and develop doctors at all stages of the medical career and across all specialties. The FMLM was set up by all the medical royal colleges and faculties. It is endorsed by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC).

The FMLM also runs the National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellow Scheme for doctors in training, which offers high-level Out of Programme (OOP) training opportunities. 

British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH)

The British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) is a membership organization which runs many useful courses and training sessions. It also produces the national guidelines on management of STIs. 

Trainee registration

The current trainee subscription is £70 per year; this money is used primarily to cover the cost of your e-Portfolio. Failure to pay your annual subscription will result in restrictions in your e-Portfolio for your next ST level until you pay your subscription and any associated fees you owe.

Training guidelines

Less than full-time training (LTFT) and advice on how to apply for time out of programme (OOP)

Speak to your Educational Supervisor and get advice from your LETB/Deanery

The RCOG website also has useful information on LTFT and advice on how to apply for OOP time for:
• Clinical training (OOPT)
• Clinical experience (OOPE)
• Research (OOPR)
• Career breaks (OOPC)

Absence from work and Time out of Training

Trainees must record all absences from work in their e-Portfolio, as well as any time out of training. You can read more on the GMC’s website.

‘Absence’ includes all forms of absence such as sickness, maternity, compassionate paid or unpaid leave, other than study or annual leave or prospectively approved OOP training or research.

You must report an absence of 14 days or more in any 12 month period to your LETB/Deanery; you must also record this on your Educational Supervisor’s report for your ARCP.

Returning to training

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) Return to Practice guidance suggests that an absence of three months or more may affect your skills and knowledge. It therefore recommends that you seek an assessment upon your return to practice. Please also find out the policy of your LETB/Deanery and inform the Faculty of your plans.

Trainees’ representatives & Trainees Network

CSRH Trainees’ Network

We’re here to provide information and reviews by trainees, for trainees. Anybody currently training in the CSRH specialty is welcome to join. We also have a closed group where trainees can post questions about their training so that, where possible, other trainees can provide information and/or support.

Annual CSRH Trainees Day

Every year FSRH supports , a national training day which provides training on those parts of the curriculum that are more difficult to cover, and gives you a chance to update and expand your knowledge.

We aim to vary the event’s location as much as possible from year to year, and welcome trainees’ suggestions for topics to discuss. They can help you achieve curriculum sign-off in these areas, following discussion and reflection with your supervisor, and once you have completed any necessary follow-up sessions.

We also hold a short meeting after the first day of the Annual Scientific Meeting so that trainees can discuss any common issues or concerns that they may have.

For further information about the CSRHTN please contact:

Chair of the Trainee Network: Dr Lucy Michie: