General Training Committee (GTC)

The FSRH General Training Committee (GTC) is responsible for the maintenance, development and recertification of a number of qualifications and courses including:

  • The Diploma 
  • The Letters of Competence (LoC) 
  • SRH Essential for Practice Nurses
  • eSRH (online learning) and other products.

The committee is responsible for reviewing and supporting programme related Faculty Registered Trainers (FRTs) and General Training Programme Directors (GTPD).

Dr Rebecca Mawson (GP) General Training Committee Member
'Being part of the GTC offers me an amazing insight into training needs and barriers for providing sexual and reproductive health in the UK and further afield. I have had chance to meet people with huge amounts of experience and understanding about sexual and reproductive health which helps feed into my research and clinical job. I can offer a voice from general practice and also put health inequity on the agenda for the faculty.'

2018 Achievements

  • Completed a revision of the Diploma curriculum as part of the larger Diploma review.
  • Reviewed the criteria for FSRH Registered Trainers (FRTs), developed and communicated to stakeholders the approved new entry routes for implementation in 2019.
  • Completed a review of the Letter of Competence in Intrauterine Techniques for pilot and launch in 2019.
  • Reviewed the content and streamlined processes relating to SRH Essentials (practice nurses) and relaunched in October 2018 as SRH Essentials (general practice).
  • Provided additional support for FRTs through the publication of guidance on ‘Managing Trainees in Difficulty’ and sought feedback on future areas for development as part of a survey sent to all FRTs.
  • Delivered a conference for FSRH Regional Advisors and General Training Programme Directors in September 2018 to provide educational and FSRH updates and consulted on the course assessment framework for the new Diploma.

2019 Objectives

  • Complete the Diploma review and initiate a pilot phase
  • Provide support for FSRH Registered Trainers (FRTs), including the development of training resources to support transition to new DFSRH and to improve mapping of those who deliver training at the local level
  • Pilot, evaluate and implement changes in relation to the revision of the Letter of Competence in Intrauterine Techniques (LoC IUT)
  • Pilot and evaluate a revised pathway for Letter of Competence in Subdermal Contraceptive Implant Techniques – Insertion Only (LoC SDI-IO)
  • Prepare and launch SRH Essentials for midwives
  • Review the HIV Tips website and investigate options for funding its refresh/move to a new platform

The GTC is managed by the Education Development Manager (General Training) and administered by the Education Development Officer (Diploma).

2019 Members

  • Dr Lucinda Farmer (Committee Chair)
  • Dr Anne Lashford (Officer representative)
  • Ms Hayley Berry (Pharmacist representative)
  • Mrs Kate Shakeshaft (Nurse representative. SRH Essentials Lead)
  • Dr Rebecca Mawson (GP)
  • Dr Sarah Pillai (GP)
  • Dr Kathryn Clement (SRH consultant)
  • Dr Emma Bowley
  • Dr Katherine Kearley-Shiers
  • Harriet Latham-Cork
  • Caroline Gumbley
  • Nicola Ross

FSRH Staff Member

  • Paige Rogan -
  • Paul Casey -
Kate Shakeshaft's Profile (Nurse Representative, SRH Essentials Lead)

I have worked in Sexual Reproductive Healthcare since 1995, spending 20 years working for Brook providing a service for young people and now working in General Practice providing CASH clinics in Primary care across Birmingham and Solihull. 

I was fortunate to be part of the original pilot for the PGA in Med Ed (SRH) in 2013 and that is when I had the opportunity to become more formally involved in training. I applied to join the General Training Committee so that I could be part of a team of SRH experts that believe passionately in SRH Education for both Doctors and Nurses. 

It has been an amazing opportunity to influence the development of SRH Education. As Chair of the SRH Essentials I have been able to lead on this exciting project currently for practice nurses. We are now looking at increasing the course syllabus and supporting materials so that we can support the FSRH in its vision to improve patients experience to ensure that they have access to a full choice of contraceptive options provided by a trained healthcare professional. 

I would encourage anyone who has a passion for Education and improving SRH to apply to be part of this "team", they are the most fabulous bunch of committed, hardworking, knowledgeable and dedicated individuals, many of which have now become personal friends.

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