Since our foundation, our training courses on contraception and sexual health for doctors, nurses and midwives have been acknowledged as sector leading in the UK and beyond. We also provide bespoke training for Clinical Commissioning Groups, clinics, schools and other organisations.
We are perhaps best known for our Margaret Pyke Conferences, which are designed for doctors, nurses and midwives who, in the course of daily practice, are required to advise patients on a range of issues and therefore need to be fully informed of recent developments in sexual and reproductive health. All doctors, nurses and midwives are welcome to attend these conferences, which are hosted at and come with CPD accreditation from the Royal College of Physicians in London. The Conferences are also valid for 5 hours recertification of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare’s DFSRH/NDFSRH. Each Margaret Pyke Conference will have at least one and a half hours devoted to contraception. These conferences are designed to ensure that delegates have an enjoyable and informative day of lectures presented by speakers of the highest level and have the opportunity to meet colleagues, ask questions and discuss current issues.
Helping women to choose a contraceptive method that suits them, preventing unwanted pregnancies, and diagnosing STIs, are important aspects of day-to-day primary care. Practice nurses are often the first point of contact for many patients with sexual and reproductive health needs, yet frequently they have not had relevant training. This one-day course supports practice nurses in this pivotal role, enabling them to know what to do with confidence when seeing patients needing contraception, STI testing, emergency contraception and promoting safer outcomes.
The Course of 5 is a component of the FSRH Diploma. If you would like to apply to attend this training course you will need to commit to completing the obligatory e-learning before the attending the Course of 5. It is recommended that the time to undertake the DFSRH is after your second year of GP training, after you have done an Obs and Gynae placement, and after you have had some experience of GP consulting.
An important new training initiative evolved from a conversation with DFID (a member of our Population & Sustainability Network). DFID believes there should be greater emphasis on contraception and sexual health when volunteer doctors, nurses and midwives attend humanitarian and emergency situations internationally, and so do we. This course aims to give such volunteers, or those thinking about volunteering, insights into the working environment in these settings and the sexual and reproductive health basics they will need. The training will have CPD accreditation, making it relevant for everyone attending, and includes a comprehensive contraception update.
Fertility Awareness (natural family planning) is a course for nurses working in sexual health, run in collaboration with Fertility UK. It provides an outstanding opportunity to understand a woman’s fertility and reproductive cycle, and how to apply this, thereby enabling women and their partners to make informed decisions about how to manage their reproductive health and control their fertility. Fertility awareness methods fulfil the broader definition of family planning which encompasses reproductive health, planning a family as well as avoiding pregnancy, and are an integral component of the full range of options that should be offered to women.
We also provide bespoke in-house training courses on women’s health, sexual health and contraception for Clinical Commissioning Groups, clinics, medical centres, schools and others. Contact us to discuss how we can design a bespoke course for you.