Clinical Standards

FSRH Service Standards for Record Keeping - July 2019

08 July 2019

Contemporaneous and high quality record keeping is an important aspect of clinical risk management. It ensures that clinicians and other staff have timely access to information relevant to the patient’s current episode of care. It facilitates clear communication to other involved clinicians justifying decision-making for actions taken. In the event of complaints, untoward incidents and medico-legal cases, accurate and comprehensive documentation supports prompt resolution. In addition, good clinical records support audit, management, planning, policy, commissioning and research. Download the document and save.

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FSRH/BASHH Standards for Online and Remote Providers of Sexual and Reproductive Health Services - January 2019

24 January 2019

The rapid expansion in the number of providers of online Sexual and Reproductive Health/Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (SH/SRH) services has enabled and empowered users to access their healthcare in more ways than through a face-to-face consultation with the health care professional. The FSRH and BASHH support these innovations and recognise that these services have enormous potential. They are seeking, however, key assurances in the standards of care and quality of services provided.

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FSRH Service Standards on Obtaining Valid Consent in SRH Services - September 2018

26 September 2018

The modernised Service Standards on Obtaining Valid Consent in Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) Services include essential updates for healthcare professionals working for and commissioning SRH services. Updates focus on explaining risk to patients, advice and consent for multimedia and education purposes. They also reference a timely potential change in relationship with the European Court of Human Rights at the time of Brexit. Download the full standards here.

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FSRH Service Standards for Risk Management in Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare - Oct 2017

20 October 2017

Risk Management is an approach to improving the quality and safety of health care by identifying circumstances that put patients and staff at risk and acting to prevent or control those risks. The overall aim of any risk management strategy is to make the effective management of risk part of everyday practice. This can only be achieved if there is a comprehensive and cohesive framework in place, underpinned by clear accountability arrangements across the organisation.

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Service Standards for Resuscitation in Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare - August 2016

19 August 2016

Published 2006. Current Version: August 2016 Review date: 2019 This document should be used in conjunction with national guidelines from other relevant professional bodies and locally agreed policies and procedures. It is important that each service identifies the level of equipment and training needed to deal with common emergencies on the basis of a local risk assessment.

Please read this guidance document in conjunction with any relevant clinical statements for this topic.
These can be found by visiting the Clinical Statements section.

FSRH Standards Service Standards on Confidentiality Oct 2015

01 October 2015

The Faculty’s Service Standards for Sexual Health Services also includes a standard on confidentiality. It is essential, if the legal requirements are to be met and the trust of patients is to be retained, that the NHS provides, and is seen to provide, a confidential service. This is of particular importance to matters relating to sexual and reproductive health and services need to keep up to date with current national policies and guidance.

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FSRH Service Standards Consultations in SRH 2015

01 January 2015

This standard provides guidance on the best practice for clinicians conducting Consultations in Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare to provide safe, efficient and effective healthcare that is patient centred and equitable.

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FSRH Quality Standard Contraceptive Services

01 April 2014

A quality contraceptive service is vital in giving women and men of all ages choice and control over their reproduction, and is key to avoiding unplanned pregnancies and planning families. Contraception is a highly cost-effective intervention, which plays an important public health role in improving the lives of individuals, families and communities.

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FSRH Clinical Standards All Service Standards Jan 2013

01 January 2013

These Standards are recommended for organisations providing contraceptive/sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services, including pregnancy planning, pregnancy choices, abortion, prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), as well as sexual wellbeing and health promotion.

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Maintaining Good Medical Practice

01 March 2001

It has always been a professional responsibility to provide the highest standard of care within the community. However, recently, doctors within the United Kingdom are expected to be able to demonstrate their fitness to practice within clinical governance and revalidation. In line with other professional groups and particularly in line with the Colleges and Faculties with whom we work - the RCOG, the RCGP and the Faculty of Public Health Medicine - it is important for us to demonstrate the elements of maintaining good medical practice within our specialist areas.

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