Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare
|Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare|
|Motto||Setting standards in contraception - improving sexual health for all|
|President||Dr C Wilkinson|
|Vice-president||Dr A Gebbie, Dr A Elliman|
|Location||London, United Kingdom|
|Former names||Faculty of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care|
The Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare is a faculty of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. It is the standard-setting organisation for family planning and sexual health physicians in the United Kingdom. Membership of the faculty is open to physicians who have passed the Faculty's examinations and maintain appropriate continuous professional development.
The faculty has three examinations:
- Diploma of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (DFSRH) is mainly completed by general practitioners who wish to gain expertise in contraception and sexual health
- Membership of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (MFSRH) is mainly completed by Specialty Registrars in contraception and reproductive health
- Fellowship of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Helathcare (FFSRH)
The Faculty also oversees the training of physicians who wish to train in inserting the intrauterine device or Implanon, by issuing the Letter of Competence in Intra-Uterine Techniques (LoC IUT) and Letter of Competence in Sub-Dermal Implants (LoC SDI).
The Faculty also awards several certificates in special skills applicable to physicians working in contraception, sexual and reproductive healthcare clinics:
- Certificate in Abortion Care
- Certificate in Menopause
- Certificate in Ultrasound
- Certificate in Local Anaesthetic Vasectomy
- Certificate in Foundation Sexual Problems
The Faculty publishes a journal, the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Healthcare.
Controversy over guidelines concerning qualifications for specialist diploma in sexual health care
In a Thursday, May 1, 2014 online news article statement release, Catholic News Service (CNS) stated in its brief,:
"British doctors and nurses who refuse to dispense the morning-after pill on grounds of conscience will be unable to receive a specialist diploma in sexual health care. Guidance issued by the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare states that medical professionals who, for religious reasons, refuse to hand out "emergency" contraception cannot receive the qualification. The diploma is considered to represent the "gold standard" of sexual health care training, a source at the faculty told Catholic News Service in an April 30 telephone conversation. The National Health Service will require the qualification before it pays for services, the source said, meaning that doctors and nurses who do not have the diploma are unlikely to receive specialist work in the field of sexual health care. The guidance from the faculty states that "completing the syllabus (theory and practical) means willingness during training to prescribe all forms of hormonal contraception, including emergency, and willingness to counsel and refer, if appropriate, for all intrauterine methods." It says: "Failure to complete the syllabus renders candidates ineligible for the award of a FSRH diploma.""
- http://www.fsrh.org Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare website.