Equivalence (CESR)

The Curriculum for the new specialty of Community Sexual and Reproductive Health has been approved by the Postgraduate Medical Education Board (PMETB) now merged with the General Medical council (GMC) (1 April 2010).

The latest approved version of the Faculty’s specialty specific guidance (SSG) document, which is based on the latest curricula and information provided to the GMC, is shown on the GMC site.

Doctors who wish to find out more about the application process for a CESR should refer to the GMC´s specialty specific guidance for CESR and CEGPR applicants available on its website. This pack provides applicants with the generic information they need to start putting together an application.

In order for you to be successful in your application it is mandatory that the evidence you supply in your Equivalence application must demonstrate that you have achieved all the requirements and competencies as set out in the CSRH curriculum Modules 1-15

Further information

The GMC website has information on timescales and procedure involved in submitting the application, so it is suggested that you visit the GMC website for essential information. The following link might also prove useful: Certification through the Combined Programme

Dr Jane Dickson also shares her thoughts on undertaking CESR and some top tips

Application for a grant to assist with your Equivalence (CESR) application

Since 2015, the FSRH has had a dedicated fund to support SAS doctors towards CESR Training. We have decided to extend the use this fund to support SAS doctors in leadership positions, particularly where they are in a position to become an educational supervisor for a CSRH Trainee. 

Applications will be reviewed by the Chair of the Specialty Advisory Committee (SAC), the Vice President, Strategy and the Chair of the Assessment and Curriculum Committee, using the criteria set out below:

  • Current Member/Fellow/Diplomate of the FSRH (subscription fully paid).
  • Registered with the GMC.
  • Close to applying for a CESR in SRH (aiming to apply within the next 24 months).
  • Finding it difficult to complete all the training needed to complete the CESR curriculum without financial assistance.
  • Clear plan for what you would use the financial assistance for – able to describe which parts of the curriculum this would enable you to complete and to what timescale.
  • Not had a previous successful application to this fund.

Please note that successfully applying for this fund will have no bearing on the outcome of your CESR application as this is decided by the GMC. 

Grants will be awarded of up to £5,000 per applicant. 

There should be a clear plan for what you would use the financial assistance for and you should describe how it will benefit your service and time frames for completion.  Please follow this link to review and submit your application on this page. 

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.