Recertification Requirements for FSRH Registered Trainers

The recertification requirements for FSRH Registered Trainers changed on 1 January 2015.

If you are a GP Trainer (as approved under the NHS GP training framework across the UK) holding a FSRH qualification and have applied for an FRT number, our General Training Committee continues to recognise you as long as you maintain your deanery recognition. All other FRTs must recertify their FRT status every five years. This replaces any need to recertify the LoC MEd.

How to apply

You can apply for recertification via the relevant forms which you can download, fill in and send back to FSRH when complete. Or, you can fill in the form online. Before filling in the online form, please have all the relevant information to hand before starting it, you will not be able to save it and then revisit it later, it must be completed in one sitting:

Please make sure to apply for recertification not more than six months before your recertification date and no later than six weeks afterwards.

To recertify as an FRT, you need:

  • a current license to practice from the GMC
  • timely payment of annual FSRH subscriptions 
  • up-to-date recertification of your primary qualification 
  • a record of 50 credits in core SRH (you may include CPD credits used to recertify your primary qualification)
  • a record of 10 credits for taking part in approved training in adult educational techniques, including those approved by other Colleges (e.g. RCOG, RCP, RCGP or RCN) 
  • evidence of at least 15 teaching activities (see below).

You can find a calendar of CPD courses, meetings and events on our website.

Teaching requirements

You need to have completed the 15 teaching activities required for recertification during your five year recertification cycle. The teaching should include the following activities.

1. At least five work-based assessments, of which three or more should be related to sexual and reproductive health (SRH).

Work-based assessments might include:

  • an initial or final assessment for the FSRH Diploma
  • an ACP or COT assessment 
  • an RDCP or DOP assessment 
  • an assessment you have made for LoC SDI or IUT, or another practical skill, e.g. cytology sample taker.

Evidence required: name of trainee, place and date of assessment, type of assessment.

2. At least one peer-observed teaching session

This may be from any teaching scenario which you have led, e.g. a work based assessment, one–to-one or small group teaching, or presentation. It must have been observed by a colleague you selected as somebody able to provide useful feedback.

Evidence required: name and signature of observer, place, date and a description of the teaching scenario.

The purpose of the exercise is to develop your teaching skills; it is not an assessment that you must pass. Therefore, the peer feedback can remain confidential.
Before the observation, you should discuss the areas where you particularly value feedback; afterwards, you should make sure that there is enough time for a private discussion with the observer.

For more information on peer observation of teaching, please click here.

3. At least three examples of teaching a group of learners.

This might be a formal presentation or a small group (two people or more).

Evidence required: date, place, a brief description of teaching session, and feedback from the learners. This may be collected on a form you have created; alternatively, click here to download the Faculty’s resource: Reflective Practice: Notes and Resources.

4. At least three written reflections on any teaching you have delivered.

These may cover any topic and should not include any teaching that you have submitted for sections 1-3 above.

Evidence required: date, place, a description of teaching session and feedback from the learner(s). You may write these in any format you choose; alternatively, click here to download the Faculty’s Reflective Practice: Notes and Resources.

5. At least three more teaching activities, which may include:

  • Teaching a practical skill – e.g. session with a LoC SDI/IUT trainee or teaching how to take a cervical cytology sample 
  • Further work-based assessment (as described in section 1 above) 
  • Giving a presentation on an SRH or medical education topic
  • Teaching or facilitating a small group or workshop on an SRH or medical education topic e.g. Course of 5 or PGA Med Ed (SRH) course group session 
  • Writing an assessment which is accepted for MFSRH or DFSRH (e.g. SBA or OSCE)
  • Assessing a trainee as part of the formal CSRH specialty training programme or a Faulty Special Skills Module
  • Assessing a specialty trainee as their clinical teacher or educational supervisor e.g. GP, O&G, GUM 
  • Leading a peer-observed teaching session and discussing the session afterwards
  • Observing a peer teaching and then giving feedback.

Evidence required: date, place, description of teaching session, feedback from learner(s) and/or reflection by FRT.

Evidence of CPD activity

You do not always need evidence of CPD activity when you are applying for recertification. However, the General Training Committee audits 10% of all applications and reserves the right to ask for supporting documentation for all your activity.

You should also keep your CPD documentation for your annual appraisals, which form part of your GMC Revalidation (every five years) or NMC registration (every three years).  

Failure to recertify when due

Please also see the recertification homepage.

If you apply to be recertified more than 12 months after your recertification date, the General Training Committee has the discretion to approve your application, under two conditions:
1. you have met all the CPD requirements
2. you provide a letter from your General Training Programme Director supporting your application.