Diplomate Assessment of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (DFSRH / NDFSRH)
The Diplomate Assessment of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH Diploma) is for doctors (DFSRH) and nurses (NDFSRH) who wish to demonstrate that they have attained the knowledge, attitude and skills required to deliver safe and effective sexual and reproductive health care in community, primary and secondary care settings. The FSRH Diploma is suitable for both doctors and nurses working in general practice, community and integrated sexual health services
The programme is open to doctors with both registration and a licence to practise with the UK GMC or nurses on the UK NMC register (excluding RN Level 2).
Please click here for an introduction to the FSRH Diploma.
The theoretical knowledge in which the FSRH Diploma is based on the clinical guidelines published by the FSRH. The trainee can use a variety of learning methods to acquire the theoretical knowledge in sexual and reproductive healthcare. However the trainee must demonstrate this knowledge by passing and online knowledge assessment called the 'eKA in SRH' before commencing the 'Course of 5' and clinical assessment.
The FSRH also provides a free e-learning package (e-SRH) developed with the Department of Health´s e-Learning for Healthcare. This is not an essential requirement for the Diploma but is an optional resource to use in preparing for the eKA. Modules on topics covering areas such as contraception, sexual behaviour and STI testing and screening will be delivered in sessions taking about 20 minutes, and the entire course is estimated to take about 30 hours. The sessions are interactive, with animations, video clips and self-assessment questions. There are links to current guidelines and other resources.
Trainees will be encouraged to commence the FSRH Diploma at a suitable point in their clinical training, and will be expected to be able to perform basic procedures such as pelvic examination and basic life support / anaphylaxis care before they proceed to clinical assessments.
After passing the 'eKA in SRH', trainees will move on to the ´Course of 5´. This comprises 5 one hour sessions with fixed content, and includes nine FSRH Diploma assessments. The Course of 5 involves both training and assessment. It is important to note that failure of 3 or more assessments will constitute a failure of the Course of 5. Trainees who fail the Course of 5 will need to retake the entire Course of 5 at a later date. A Course of 5 may be run as a one day course, or as individual sessions. The course is delivered to groups of 4 trainees or less which will ensure there is opportunity to put theoretical knowledge into practice.
Trainees will thus be well prepared for their clinical experience and assessments, which may take place in a variety of locations including community clinics and general practice. They will be assessed in 7 topic areas covering the breadth of sexual and reproductive healthcare. Most assessments will be through direct observation of consultations, but there will be an opportunity for reflective discussion of consultations that have not necessarily been observed by the trainer.
The programme has been developed with an educationalist´s support. The course designers have consulted widely across the field of SRH including contributions from trainers, trainees, user representation, community SRH providers, general practice, gynaecology, and GUM.
The FSRH Diploma training package
The training involves three stages:
- An online knowledge assessment of Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare
- Course of 5; five hours of small group assessed workshops
- Clinical experience and assessment
Please note that the 3 stages of training build on each other and it is advisable to check on local waiting times and availability of the third step - clinical experience and assessment - before deciding when to embark on FSRH Diploma training.
Learning Outcomes of the training programme - please click here
Training requirements and eligibility - please click here
Click on each ‘Step’ to access associated forms
Step 1 Training requirements and eligibility
Register with e-Learning for Healthcare for access to the e-SRH.
Once your registration form has been processed by e-LfH, you will be provided with login details for the e-SRH programme. Please allow up to 3 working days for this. (Should you have difficulty with your registration help is available from e-LfH at - http://www.e-lfh.org.uk/contact-us/.)
Trainees are advised to read the information sheet about the eKA before proceeding to take the eKA. eKA Information Sheet
The eKA can be accessed through this link 'eKA in SRH'. There is a £75 fee for each attempt at the eKA. The assessment takes 1hour 45 minutes and must be completed in a single sitting. A successful completion of the eKA will provide an eKA Pass Certificate in the form of a downloadable pdf document. Please keep a copy as you will need it in the next step.
The 3 entry requirement forms need to be completed in the e-portfolio prior to attendance at the Course of 5 (C5).
Consultation Feedback Form Click Here
The entry requirement forms in your e-portfolio should have been completed prior to attendance at a Course of 5.
Please note; candidates should ensure they can access clinical experience ideally within 6 months of attending the Course of 5.
All training has to be completed through a FSRH recognised General Training Programme (GTP).
- Guidelines for Trainees for the Clinical Experience & Assessment
- List of General Training Programmes – click for local contact details for the Clinical Experience & Assessment
On completion of the programme, you will need to submit -
- The final summative assessment form from your e-portfolio
- Application form for the FSRH Diploma
and have completed the online evaluations for the -
Application and award of your Diploma needs to be within 12 months of completion of the DFSRH training programme.
Applications are approved on the last working day of the month in which they are received or to which payment relates. Provided your experience and assessments meet the requirements, you can expect to receive confirmation of the award approximately ten working days thereafter. Notification of an award is made approximately 10 working days after the end of each month.
Optional source of training for the eKA in SRH
The e-SRH programme is available from the e-Learning for Healthcare website.
Costs of training and certificate award
£75 per sitting - see eKA in SRH
£50 The ePortfolio records the signing of assessments for FSRH Diploma - see DFSRH or NDFSRH e-portfolio allocation form
|Course of 5||Costs are set locally – see List of Course of 5 contact details|
Costs are set locally – see Finding a Primary Trainer
Please see Application form for the FSRH Diploma
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Downloads & Links
- Update on academic credits for nurses
- FAQs - Update to FSRH Training Programme
- Recertification for the FSRH Diploma
- Guidance on anaphylaxis training
- FSRH Diploma curriculum document