You may apply for this Letter of Competence via the Experienced Practitioner Route:
- If your initial Letter of Competence (LoC) qualification was not registered with or awarded by FSRH
- If you attained a local LoC certification and now wish to register or recertify it with FSRH
- If you have not recertified FSRH LoC for more than 10 years, but have been fitting/removing implants for last 12 months
For all above scenarios, you may be eligible to undertake a shortened pathway which takes into account past clinical experience. The FSRH’s General Training Committee requires that, in order to obtain FSRH certification, this training would need to be completed.
The General Training Committee is unable to offer exemptions to its published criteria. However, experienced practitioners can complete a shortened pathway in respect to the clinical component but all other parts of the programme, included the OTA pass, would need to be completed.
The training involves both theoretical knowledge and practical training.
Theoretical knowledge includes e-SRH theory learning and scenario-based discussions with your trainer.
The experienced practitioner must demonstrate competence in insertion and removal on a model arm before competence is assessed in live patients.
The candidate must provide details and dates of previous relevant training or experience. A log of previous procedures must also be provided. For LoC SDI this log must show six self-certified procedures within the last 12 months to include one insertion and one removal.
The primary trainer must observe at least one insertion and one removal performed competently in a conscious patient.
We recommend that all theory learning be undertaken before live training with women.
Please follow the steps on What/How do I study? tab and complete relevant sections of LoC SDI Record of Training form if you are applying via experienced practitioner pathway.