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Continuing Professional Development
Continuing Professional Development

Our Study Days support CPD

Information For

Doctors – Nurses – Therapists


  • The following CPD information supports doctors and nurses who hold the Diploma of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health (FSRH).
  • This information is taken from the FSRH website (with links included to the for further clarification) which offers healthcare professionals a recognised qualification in this field.
  • CPD Activities The FSRH states: “Your CPD credits must be directly related to the Diploma learning outcomes.”
  • Their criteria are listed below and on page 3 of their booklet – copied below.
  • People holding the DFSRH have to attend ONE day of the FSRH “Current Choices” conference every five years.
  • Other than that, CPD is flexible as long as it relates to the learning outcomes of the Diploma.

Diploma Recap:

Learning Outcomes of the FSRH Diploma

At the completion of the training programme successful candidates will be able to demonstrate that they can independently:
  • Describe the basic anatomy and physiology of male and female reproductive systems

  • Take a full sexual history and assess the risk of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections

  • Describe the principles of SRH delivery to include understanding the user’s perspective, working with young people, confidentiality and the law relevant to the four countries in the UK

  • Describe the equality and diversity aspects of sexual health consultations and demonstrate a non-judgemental attitude

  • Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of the full range of contraceptive options :

    • Hormonal,

    • intrauterine,

    • post-coital,

    • barrier,

    • emergency,

    • fertility awareness methods

    • and surgical.

  • Advise men and women so that they can make informed choices about managing their fertility

  • Safely prescribe or supply hormonal contraceptives and manage complications and side-effects

  • Advise men and women who choose barrier contraceptive methods and manage complications and side effects

  • Advise women who choose intrauterine or subdermal contraceptive methods prior to and following the insertion

  • Advise a woman who is planning a pregnancy

  • Support a woman who has an unplanned pregnancy and arrange an appropriate onward referral

  • Provide advice and testing for those requesting asymptomatic screening for sexually transmitted infections

  • Perform tests for genital and sexually transmitted infections and blood-borne viruses appropriate to community and primary care settings

  • Make an initial assessment of someone who has psychosexual difficulties, and arrange onward referral when necessary

  • Make an initial assessment of someone who has been sexually assaulted, and arrange onward referral when necessary

  • Describe the principles and organisation of national screening and vaccination programmes with a relevance to sexual health (e.g. cervical cytology, chlamydia, HPV, rubella).

CPD activities / CPD credits

To recertify, you must demonstrate that you are still able to achieve the FSRH Diploma learning outcomes and your CPD credits must be directly related to its learning outcomes (listed above).

FSRH Diploma – Learning Outcomes include:

  • Anatomy and physiology of male and female reproductive systems

  • Principles of SRH delivery – confidentiality and the law

  • Contraception methods – hormonal, intra-uterine, post-coital, barrier, emergency, fertility awareness methods and surgical

  • Managing fertility/infertility

  • Pregnancy – planned/unplanned

  • Genitourinary medicine – sexually transmitted infections, HIV and AIDs

  • Delivering SRH consultations – equality, diversity, non-judgemental attitude

  • Psychosexual difficulties – relationship issues and gender identity

  • Sexual assault

  • National screening/vaccination programmes relevant to SRH(e.g. cervical cytology, chlamydia, HPV, rubella)

  • Working with young people.

You can view a full list of Diploma learning outcomes at

MFSRH and FFSRH recertification/CPD
information handbook – MFSRH/FFSRH

Recertification Guidelines 4.

Topics relevant to Faculty CPD as core:

  • This is not intended to be an exhaustive list but is indicative of the types of areas considered to be core CPD areas by the Faculty of SRH.

  • Members may seek guidance from FSRH Regional Training Advisor (formerly Deanery Advisor) or the General Training Committee if unsure as to whether any topic falls within or out of the Core area.

  • Audit – relevant to sexual and reproductive health (SRH)

  • Cancer screening – cervix, ovary, breast, bowel, prostate, testes, colposcopy

  • Contraception – all methods, reversible and irreversible, new methods

  • Endocrinology-Reproductive Epidemiology – related to SRH

  • World population issues

  • Ethical issues – associated with SRH

  • Failed pregnancy – abortion, miscarriage, ectopic

  • Forensic gynaecology – Sexual Assault.

  • Genitourinary medicine – sexually transmitted infections, HIV, AIDs

  • Infertility/Subfertility – male and female

  • Legal issues – associated with contraception, SRH, medical negligence, consent, confidentiality

  • Medical gynaecology – menorrhagia, dysmenorrhoea, dyspareunia, endometriosis, PCOS, amenorrhoea, pelvic pain, PMS, continence, menopause.

  • Medical/Surgical problems – impact on sexual health and contraception

  • Menopause – climacteric, HRT, PMB, osteoporosis, alternatives to HRT

  • Needs of Special groups – eg: People with learning and physical disabilities, the homeless, travellers, drug abusers, ethnic and religious issues, the young.

  • Postnatal depression

  • Preconceptual care – prenatal diagnosis

  • Psychosexual issues – relationship issues, gender identity

  • Worldwide Contraception / SRH

Members should start collecting credits five years before the date of recertification and aim to collect an average of 50 credits per year.

A record of all CPD activity should be kept as a log book or electronic portfolio.

Our Study Days

  • offer at least 5.75 hours to support delegates requirements towards CPD for the FSRH and other organisations.

  • How you count this time depends on your revalidating body.

  • This may be 1 point per hour (FSRH) or the number of hours in total towards your recertification/CPD (NMC)(Nursing & Midwifery Council).

  • Link to our Study Day topic examples – for future study days


Add links…
Downloadable FSRH CPD Information: MFSRH and FFSRH recertification/CPD information handbook – MFSRH/FFSRH Recertification Guidelines
Click here for the FSRH Recertification Guidance Document
Click for the FSRH Learning Outcomes

General CPD Information for Nurses

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) CPD Requirements

The Requirements – as explained on the NMC website: “You must have undertaken 35 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) relevant to your scope of practice as a nurse or midwife, in the three years since your registration was last renewed, or when you joined the register.

Of those 35 hours of CPD, at least 20 must have included participatory learning. You must maintain accurate records of the CPD you have undertaken.

These records must contain: the CPD method a description of the topic and how it related to your practice the dates on which the activity was undertaken the number of hours (including the number of participatory hours) the identification of the part of The Code most relevant to the activity evidence that you undertook the CPD activity.

Types of Event:

Learning events such as workshops, conferences etc


Certificate of attendance

Type of CPD:


  • Participatory learning includes any learning activity in which you personally interact with other people.

  • It is an activity undertaken with one or more professionals or in a larger group setting.

  • The group does not always need to be in a common physical environment, such as a study group or conference.

  • It could be a group in a virtual environment (such as an online discussion group).

  • The professionals that you engage with through participatory learning do not have to be healthcare professionals.”

See for more detailed information on CPD for Revalidation

NMC Revalidation – CPD Information and Examples

For Therapists Registered With BACP

British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists

To quote from their website:

How much CPD should I have?

The focus should be on outcomes, or what you have gained from your CPD.

However, we would normally expect registered members to undertake at least 30 hours of CPD a year.

What counts as CPD?

  • Any activities that have an impact on your current or future professional practice can be included.

  • These could include:

    • conferences – attending or giving presentations

    • e-learning CPD modules formal education,

    • lectures, seminars,

    • courses in-service training mentoring peer support groups organising specialist groups

    • reading books, journals or internet articles supervising research

    • TV and radio programmes workshops work shadowing writing articles or papers

    • (Supervision is a separate Register requirement and so should not be submitted as CPD.)

  • You should include a mixture of learning activities in your record, although you can focus on a specific type of activity if that is most appropriate for you. Click for more information from BACP

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