Our FSRH Diploma – setting a benchmark for standards of SRH care

Posted 20 Jan 2021

Date: 20 Jan 2021

Author: Dr Asha Kasliwal President of FSRH

Our President, Dr Asha Kasliwal, shares her thoughts on the launch of our redesigned FSRH Diploma.

We are proud that applications for our updated and redesigned FSRH Diploma (DFSRH) are now open, alongside the launch of our new FSRH Training Hub. The DFSRH, which is a nationally recognised sexual and reproductive health (SRH) qualification, provides healthcare professionals with the opportunity to demonstrate they are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to successfully support patients with their contraception and SRH needs.

Multidisciplinary emphasis for SRH

We recognise and welcome the fact that SRH care is increasingly provided by a range of healthcare professionals. Our redesigned DFSRH is therefore open to doctors, nurses, midwives, pharmacists, physician associates and other healthcare professionals registered in the UK and Ireland, working in primary care, community and integrated services. We’ve opened up this qualification to reflect the fact that SRH is multidisciplinary and is being delivered by a variety of roles in different settings.

To successfully apply for our DFSRH, you will need to be able to fulfil the entry requirements. You are also expected to keep all relevant training up-to-date for the duration of your DFSRH learning. Read more about our entry requirements.

User led design

The launch of the redesigned DFSRH is a significant milestone for the FSRH and, we hope, for the wider sexual and reproductive healthcare sector. We have consulted extensively with our Diploma Working Board, our Faculty Registered Trainers (FRTs), leading medical education experts, members and stakeholders – as well as running a pilot for the qualification last year.

The feedback from the consultations and pilot work has fed into our assessment framework and curriculum content to ensure the DFSRH meets the needs of healthcare professionals and their patients and sets a benchmark for standards of SRH care in both primary and secondary care settings. The enhanced curriculum has enabled us to develop clear learning outcomes relevant to a candidate’s workplace.

FSRH Training Hub benefits

Our new FSRH Training Hub provides candidates and FSRH members with access to a range of SRH learning resources – from webinars and bite-sized videos to relevant guidance and articles. Coming soon there will also be a CPD diary where members will be able to easily track their recertification dates and log their CPD.


Thanks to all involved

A woman with a Hijab studying at a desk I am very grateful to the clinicians who took part in our DFSRH pilot; their insights into the content and process have been invaluable in developing a qualification that truly reflects the practice of all those delivering SRH. You can read our blogs to find out more about the pilot and what our participants thought.

I want to give my personal thanks and appreciation to everyone who has worked so hard on the development of our DFSRH to enable us to get to this point. So much work has taken place behind the scenes and I am incredibly proud of what has been achieved so far.

Our DFSRH will enable healthcare professionals – including nurses, midwives, pharmacists and physician associates – to provide comprehensive sexual and reproductive health support for patients.

We have created a seven-step process to show what the route through the DFSRH will look like. Take a look at the Diploma journey here.

Applications for our redesigned Diploma (DFSRH) are now open. Find out more and how you can apply.

Dr Asha Kasliwal is President of FSRH