The FSRH Diploma (DFSRH / NDFSRH)

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The FSRH Diploma is aimed at doctors (DFSRH) and nurses (NDFSRH) who are already working in general practice, community and integrated sexual health services. 

 

By testing their knowledge and assessing their skills, the Diploma demonstrates that they can provide safe and effective sexual and reproductive health care in community, primary and secondary care settings.

 

Introduction

The FSRH Diploma is a blended learning package, underpinned by an e-portfolio that records your progress. The Diploma has three stages, which build on each other.

1. Theoretical knowledge – this is based on the Faculty’s clinical guidelines. Trainees must pass an online knowledge assessment (the ‘eKA in SRH’). 
2. Course of 5 – five hours of small group-assessed workshops.
3. Clinical experience & assessments in seven topics.

The Diploma 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). It is accredited by the RCGP and the RCN. Clinicians currently holding the Diploma must also be a member of the Faculty.

Download a full list of learning outcomes for the FSRH Diploma.

Additional Documentation

Read our Diploma FAQ's here

Associated fees and costs

  • eKA – £75 per sitting 
  • ePortfolio – £50 
  • Course of 5 – costs are set locally – view our events page for more details. 
  • Clinical Training - costs are set locally.
  • FSRH Diploma (for  both DFSRH and NDFSRH) application fee – £192 (£88 one-off registration fee plus an annual membership subscription fee of £104 for applications made January – June, or £52 for applications made July – November 2018.) The membership fee of £104 is then required to be paid annually from the following year.

To Begin your Diploma Training, please Register for an FSRH account or log into 'My FSRH'.

Contact Us
If you have questions regarding applying for the Diploma, please contact the Education Development Officer by phone on: +44(0)20 3198 3180 or by email to EDofficerDip@fsrh.org.

 Diploma Qualification Pathway 

 

Click on the orange 'Qualify' or 'Recertify' tabs below to read more about these qualifications and download key documents.

Qualify

1. Read the Diploma Training Requirements and personal beliefs guidance

First, download and read the Diploma’s training requirements. Please ensure that you do not start the Diploma until you have the necessary knowledge and skills.

Personal beliefs guidance:

At the time of application for your FSRH qualification, you need to confirm you have read the 6 principles of care as outlined in the “Guidance for those undertaking or recertifying FSRH qualifications whose personal beliefs conflict with the provision of abortion or any method of contraception” and agree to abide by them in practice. It is, therefore, important to have read this document prior to commencing training.

2. Register for the e-learning for health (e-SRH)

Please note that module 17 is a requirement for the DFSRH.

There are further optional e-learning modules within e-SRH which may help you to refresh your clinical knowledge as you prepare for the eKA. It is free for people employed by the NHS or anyone who holds an nhs.net email address. It contains interactive learning modules on a variety of topics, e.g. STI testing. Each module lasts around 20 minutes; the entire course should take around 30 hours. To use it, please register with e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH).

3. Purchase and take the E-Knowledge Assessment (eKA), required assessment

We recommend reading our eKA FAQs which may help if you have specific queries. Read more about the eKA in full.

The eKA takes 1 hour 45 minutes and must be completed in a single sitting. There is a £75 fee for each attempt. Once you pass, you will receive a confirmation email which you must keep for the next step. 

4. Purchase my FSRH e-Portfolio

After passing the eKA, click here to log in and apply online for your FSRH Diploma e-portfolio via My FSRH.  The link to purchase the e-porfolio is under 'Take a qualification' after you have logged into our website, on the Diploma page under step four. 
You need this before moving onto the Course of 5. Please note, the e-portfolio, may take several days to process.

Before attending the Course of 5, candidates should have:

  • Passed the eKA 
  • Purchased the e-portfolio by logging into our website
  • Had the three pre-entry requirement assessments completed in the e-portfolio
  • Completed Module 17 (SDI) for the e-SRH package (free to holders of nhs.net email addresses)

5. Attend a Course of 5 and complete clinical experience and assessment

The Course of 5 (C5) is a one-day training (usually) involves five hour-long workshops and includes nine Diploma assessments. Failure in three or more assessments constitutes failure overall, requiring you to retake the entire course. The C5 can be run in individual sessions, or in its entirety as a one day course. It is delivered to groups of up to four trainees, giving you the chance to put your theoretical knowledge into practice.

Visit our Events pages to see when C5 workshops are taking place. You can search by region and event type to find a Course of 5 that suits your schedule and location. We recommend reading our guidelines and checklist before booking your place. Before beginning the C5 itself, please complete the entry requirement forms in your e-portfolio.

View the Course of 5 trainee guidelines.

Clinical experience & assessment (How to find a Faculty Registered Trainer)

Trainees are assessed in seven topic areas, mostly from direct observation of consultations, but also discussion of observations that your trainer may not have witnessed. Your clinical experience & assessment must be done through a Faculty-recognised General Training Programme and we recommend that you start it within six months of passing the C5. You can find full details of Faculty-recognised General Training Programmes by logging in and then accessing our Find a Trainer webpage. You will be able to search by training type and location.

Read the relevant guidelines for trainees on Clinical Assessment.

6. Complete your online training evaluations

Once you have completed all of the steps above, you will need to complete the online evaluation for the Course of 5 and the online evaluation for the Clinical Experience & Assessment. Log into our website and navigate to 'Take a qualification', 'Diploma' and then step six includes links to the online evaluations.

7. Submit your evidence for the award of the Diploma 

Once you have passed every stage of your training, you can apply for your FSRH Diploma. To do this, login to ‘My FSRH’ and then follow the steps to complete the following items: 

Click on 'Take a qualification' after logging into the website. Select the Diploma square and click on the orange 'Qualify' button. From there go to step 7 which is titled 'Submit your evidence for the award of Diploma'.

You will be asked to completed the online Diploma application form. You will need to have your final summative assessment form from your e-portfolio to fully complete this process. The final fee will be payable at this point. 

Please note: FSRH Diplomas are awarded on a rolling basis, and must be awarded within 12 months of completing the training programme. We therefore recommend that you apply for your Diploma as soon as possible after passing your training.

Associated fees and costs

  • eKA – £75 per sitting 
  • ePortfolio – £50 
  • Course of 5 – costs are set locally – view our events page for more details. 
  • Clinical Training - costs are set locally.
  • FSRH Diploma (for both DFSRH and NDFSRH) application fee – £192 (£88 one-off registration fee plus an annual membership subscription fee of £104 for applications made January – June, or £52 for applications made July – November 2017.) The membership fee of £104 is then required to be paid annually from the following year.

To begin your Diploma qualification, please either Register with FSRH or log into 'My FSRH'

 

Contact Us
If you have questions regarding applying for the Diploma, please contact the Education Development Officer by phone on: +44(0)20 7724 5647 or by email to EDofficerLoC@fsrh.org. 

Intellectual Property Rights
All intellectual property rights for any FSRH qualification including documents, materials and content belonging to and produced by the FSRH should not be used for purposes other than FSRH training. Should you wish to use any of the IPR for purposes other than FSRH training you must seek the FSRH’s approval in writing with your request via our copyright request form. We aim to respond to submissions of this nature within one working week.

Recertify

If you hold the FSRH Diploma, we require recertification every five years to ensure that you have developed and maintained the knowledge, skills, attitude and behaviour needed to provide safe and effective sexual and reproductive health care (SRH).

How to apply

You should apply for recertification by downloading and/or filling in the relevant forms via the recertification webpages. 

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