Resources for FSRH Registered Trainers and General Training Programme Directors

FSRH Registered Trainers (FRTs) and General Training Programme Directors (GTPDs) will find a resource library below of various documents and information which will support the delivery of the FSRH Diploma and Letters of Competence.

Clinical Experience and Assessment Materials for the FSRH Diploma (2013) pathway

The information below is only relevant for FRTs who are supporting trainees on the Diploma 2013 pathway which has been extended due to COVID-19. This pathway will finally close on 1 December 2021 so your trainees must complete all assessments before then.

The Diploma 2013 pathway is not open to new applicants. Please see our separate Education & Training pages about the Redesigned FRSH Diploma (DFSRH) for information about current requirements.

*The full range of Diploma clinical experience and assessment forms are available in the NES e-portfolio. Please log into your NES e-portfolio and select Menu, then Blank Forms to generate examples.

Completing assessments remotely during COVID-19 for current DFSRH candidates

In order to support current Diploma candidates completing their assessments, we have agreed that clinical assessments can be carried out remotely under certain circumstances:

For Assessments of Clinical Practice (ACPs), face-to-face, telephone or video consultations are all acceptable. 
The candidate may not use any templates or pro-formas.
The FSRH registered trainer (FRT) must be in the same room as the candidate.

For Reflections and Discussions of Clinical Practice (RDCPs), the candidate and FRT do not need to be in the same room. These may be conducted remotely using telephone or video conferencing facilities.

Guidance on resumption of training during COVID-19

We recognise that many GTPDs and FRTs have questions about how to safely restart the delivery of training. We have developed some guidance which you can read below.

Top Tips for FRTs who are delivering training outside of their usual place of work

Top Tips for FRTs who deliver Letters of Competence training

Please find below two useful short summary documents giving top tips for Letter of Competence trainers:

General Training Programmes

This pack contains the information about the organisation and governance of the FSRH General Training Programmes (currently the FSRH Diploma and Letters of Competence), including Peripatetic General Training Programmes, as well as descriptions of the roles of the General Training Programme Director (GTPD) and, when applicable, the Associate General Training Programme Director. 

The relevant forms for the appointment, resignation and recognition of a new GTPD are included in our General Training Programme Registration handbook

The General Training Committee (GTC) review applications for General Training Programme Directors quarterly.

The deadline for applications each quarter is as follows:

  • 27 August 2021 to be reviewed on 16 September 2021
  • 19 November 2021 to be reviewed 9 December 2021

This is to allow for applications to be reviewed at GTC. The outcome of any decision will be communicated no later than 2 weeks after the date of the General Training Committee. Interval applications will not be considered unless there are exceptional circumstances. Existing GTPDs who are approaching retirement or are due to leave their service are encouraged to consider workforce planning issues with these dates in mind in order to allow for new GTPD to be appointed in time for their planned departure.

Top tips for GTPDs and interview form for use with potential FRTs

Our Top Tips for GTPDs document may be useful for GTPDs who want some tips to help their training programme run smoothly.

Our interview form may be helpful for General Training Programme Directors (GTPDs) who are interviewing potential applicants who wish to become Faculty Registered Trainers (FRTs).

FSRH Regional Training Advisors (FRTAs)

FRTA roles were completed at the end December 2019. FSRH will no longer fund local FRT meetings. We are now providing a series of online drop-ins and other events for FRTs to attend during the year. These opportunities will be announced in our newsletter.

 

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.

FRT Recertification

Update about recertification during the COVID-19 Situation

This section was updated on Thursday 11 June 2020 and applies only to members whose membership is current and have not yet recertified their qualifications.

We’re aware that some of you are due to recertify your Diploma, LoC, MFSRH, or FFSRH qualifications or FRT status during the coming months. We realise that it may be difficult for you to meet all the recertification criteria due to the COVID-19 situation. If you were still due to recertify any of the above qualifications between February to December 2020, we have now automatically moved your recertification date forward by one year. This will now show within your MyFSRH account and you do not need to take any further action.

If you have all your evidence and you are ready to submit your recertification information then you can do this in the usual way following the instructions below and it will be processed.

If your membership has expired, the extra year has not been applied to your qualifications. We will be able to able to apply the extra year if you pay the relevant membership fees.

As a Faculty Registered Trainer (FRT), we require you to recertify your FRT status every five years.

This enables you to:

  • Maintain and develop your educational and SRH skills and knowledge.
  • Continue to be an integral part in the delivery of the Diploma and Letters of Competence.
  •  Maintain the provision of safe and effective sexual and reproductive health care in community, primary and secondary care settings.

How do I apply for my FRT recertification?

You can apply for recertification by completing the relevant form to you, 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.

You will also need a stable internet connection while completing the online forms.

We recommend that you prepare your answers in a word document and then copy and paste your evidence into the relevant sections rather than writing directly into the online form. 

If you applied to become an FRT via the GMC GP trainer/recognised trainer route, please complete this form:

Link to online form

If you applied to become an FRT via any other FRT approved route, please completed this form:

Link to online form

Useful resources for recertification - RCGP's Women's Health Library

Bringing together national guidance, resources produced and accredited by the RCGP, and resources from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH), the Women's Health Library is a resource relevant to GPs and other primary healthcare professionals.

The Library is divided into four sections for ease of use with the free resources clearly marked:

  • Maternal Health
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • Pre-Menopause
  • Peri/Post Menopause

Access the library here.

What evidence do I need to recertify my FRT status?

If you applied for your FRT status via the GMC GP trainer/recognised trainer route, you will need:

  • To hold a current license to practice from GMC/NMC.
  • Each yearly subscription paid when due.
  • Recertification of DFSRH/MFSRH/FFSRH is up to date.
  • 50 credits in core SRH (in this total you may count the credits used to recertify your FFSRH/MFSRH/FSRH Diploma qualification).


If you applied for your FRT status via any other FRT approved route, you will need:

  • To hold a current license to practice from GMC/NMC.
  • Each yearly subscription paid when due.
  • Recertification of primary qualification is up to date.
  • 50 credits in core SRH (in this total you may count the credits used to recertify your primary qualification).
  • 10 credits for participation in approved training in adult educational techniques including those approved by other Colleges (RCOG/RCP/RCGP/RCN).
  • Evidence of at least 15 teaching activities over 5 years


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

When can I recertify?

Recertification is due every five years. Your recertification due date will be shared with you once you have achieved your FRT status. You can also login to your MyFSRH and see your recertification. 

You will also receive an email reminder 6 months before your recertification is due. Please do make sure your email address is up to date and current with FSRH. 

Is there a charge to recertify my FRT status?

There is no charge to recertify as this is a benefit included in your annual membership fee. However, you must have paid your membership fee continuously for the five years leading up to recertifying.

If you have not kept your membership current, and wish to recertify, please contact us at education@fsrh.org or 020 7724 5534 to discuss your options. You will need to pay your backdated membership fees – at current subscription levels.

I'm late for my recertification, what should I do?

If you apply for recertification more than six weeks after your recertification date, you must: 

1. gain the necessary CPD credits and the Basic Life Support and anaphylaxis training outlined above
2. complete the relevant e-SRH module no more than 12 months before your recertification application date  (as opposed to within 24 months of recertification date) 
3. provide a log (described above) covering a consecutive 12 month period within 24 months of your recertification application date (as opposed to recertification date)
4. stop training or supervising anybody working towards an LoC.

If you are absent for more than a year and wish to apply for an extension on your recertification date,  please fill in our extension request form and we will get back to you shortly

If it is 10 years or more since your qualification was awarded or last recertified, you will need to retake the full training programme for your qualification. For Letters of Competence, this may be via the experienced practitioner route, if appropriate.