New CSRH curriculum now live

Posted 2 August 2021

Date: 02 Aug 2021

Type: FSRH News and Information

We’re pleased to share that our updated CSRH curriculum is now live and fully operational. Read on to find out more about what our new curriculum will cover.

Our specialty curriculum in SRH aims to train a consultant workforce with the necessary leadership skills – and clinical skills – for community based sexual and reproductive health services.

We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to update our curriculum in line with GMC requirements. We want to enable future SRH leaders to gain the relevant skills, knowledge and attributes for their roles, both now and in the future. We’re incredibly pleased that our new CSRH curriculum is now live and fully operational. This is a huge milestone for us, our specialty, and sexual and reproductive healthcare for all.

“We are delighted that our new CSRH curriculum is now live. Our training programme is one of the most competitive in the UK. It develops sexual & reproductive health service leaders, who make a lasting and positive difference to people from a wide range of backgrounds.

Our curriculum offers an improved learning experience, structured to meet the needs of the SRH workforce, both now and in the future. This is the culmination of over three years work, co-developed by a range of clinicians, service leaders, patients and our FSRH education team.”

Dr Janet Barter, Vice President, Specialty, FSRH

What have we changed?

Our new curriculum is designed to offer robust assessments and a clearer learning structure, with content that is relevant to the future SRH workforce. The main changes are:

  • An additional element of reflection within the assessments (many of which remain the same)

  • We no longer require trainees to confirm continuing competence once they are confirmed as competent in a procedure

  • An emphasis on quality, not quantity of evidence, allowing both supervisors and trainees to employ much more professional judgement.

Our trainees and supervisors will benefit from new features on the e-Portfolio, which has been completely revised to make learning on the job much easier. We have also updated our trainee fee structure to make this clearer and reflect the benefits our trainees receive.

We’ve also developed a range of detailed new curriculum guidance for our trainers and educational supervisors on our website – and a new specialty handbook.

What happens now?

Current trainees and trainers are now transferred to our new CSRH curriculum and will have received information from us. Trainees in the last two years of the programme had the option to remain on the previous 2017 curriculum.

If you are a potential CESR candidate, you can check our CESR information for more guidance.

Our next MFSRH exam based on the new curriculum takes place in 2022. Applications for this will open in November.

A huge thank you

This extensive project would not have been possible without the support of our Specialty Advisory Committee (SAC), Exams Committee, trainers, trainees and FSRH education team staff. We’d like to thank all our clinicians who have been involved in this project and given their time, expertise and input. 

Find out more about our specialty curriculum or contact us at specialty@fsrh.org for further information.