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Professional development

This page describes professional development opportunities for health care professionals who wish to further their training or get more involved in the provision of sexual health and contraception care.

Training provided by Unity Sexual Health

  • Training for professionals working with Young People in Bristol (formerly 4YP training)

    From April 2018 Unity will be providing the training previously known as 4YP as this brand will no longer exist in Bristol.


    Level 1 Sex and Relationships    To prepare those who work with young people to answer queries about sex and relationships, and to refer young people to sources of further advice and services as appropriate.

    Tuesday 12th February 2019 9.30am-1.00pm at Central Health Clinic, Tower Hill, Bristol, BS2 0JD

    Click here to book


    Healthy Relationships    To help those working with young people understand abusive teenage relationships, know how to promoting healthy relationships whilst being able to identify and respond effectively and safely where teen abuse may be occurring.

    Tues 19th March: 9.30am-4.00pm at South Bristol Community Hospital, BS4 0DE, Conference room 1

    Note £4.20/day parking – pay in café open till 5pm

    Click here to book


    For C:card training, see link below.

  • Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare Diploma

    The Diplomate Assessment of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH Diploma) is for healthcare professionals who wish to demonstrate that they have attained the knowledge, attitude and skills required to deliver safe and effective sexual and reproductive health care in community, primary and secondary care settings. The programme is open to clinicians with both registration and a licence to practise with a UK regulatory body. It is open to both doctors and nurses.

    The Diploma is a blended learning package and involves different elements:

    • All candidates have to pass an online knowledge assessment known as the eKA in SRH. Candidates can prepare for the eKA through an e-learning package (e-SRH) developed through the Department of Health’s e-Learning for Healthcare. This is also a requirement for those wishing to gain the FSRH Letter of Competence in Intrauterine Techniques (LoC IUT) and Letter of Competence in Subdermal Contraceptive Implant Techniques (LoC SDI). See section 4 for more information about LARC training.
    • Course of 5 (five hours of small group workshops)- see below for upcoming Bristol date
    • Clinical experience and assessment (practical sessions in a clinical situation)

    Unity offers clinical placements for the “clinical experience and assessments” stage of the Diploma.

    For further information, please email DFSRH Training ( or visit


    Course of 5 @ Unity Central

    Tues 5th February 2019 9am-5pm at Central Health Clinic, BS2 0JD.

    To book, email email Fay Webb (

    Prior to attending the Course of 5, candidates will be required to have passed the eKA (electronic knowledge assessment) and completed the pre course requirements:

  • Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare Letters of Competence (LoCs)

    The FSRH LoCs are training programmes aimed at doctors and nurses already working in general practice, community and integrated sexual health services who wish to develop the necessary knowledge, attitude and skills to support women seeking contraception. It will enable them to hold consultations, provide intrauterine (LoC IUT) or subdermal (LoC SDI) contraception competently, and manage any complications or side-effects that may occur.

    Unity offers clinical placements for the “clinical training and assessments” stage.

    For further information, please email DFSRH Training ( or visit the FSRH website:

  • Medical placements and attachments

    If you are a medical student or doctor and would like to arrange a placement or taster day at Unity Sexual Health, please email our Medical Administrator Diane Anscombe (

  • Nursing placements

    If you are a nursing student or qualified nurse and would like to arrange a placement at Unity Sexual Health, please email our Medical Administrator  Zoe Carter ( if you would like to organise a day placement or Unity Sexual Health Matron Ann Steele-Nicholson (

  • Annual Updating Day

    This is an annual whole day learning event delivered by Unity Sexual Health. It is aimed at GPs, practice nurses and anyone working in contraception and sexual health. The aim is to support clinical professionals in delivering  effective and safe sexual and reproductive health care.   It costs approximately £100 for doctors and roughly half of that for nurses.

    The date for the next event is 14 May 2019

    Venue: Holiday Inn Filton

    Enquiries to: Shonda Powell, Suite 313, 179 Whiteladies Road, Bristol,  BS8 2AG Tel: 01225 436 129 Email:

  • LARC Fitters Forums

    Implant and IUC fitters forums are held regularly at Unity Central Health Clinic. If you wish to attend please  email DFSRH Training (

    Below is the list of dates for 2018/19:

    Implant fitter forums at Central Health Clinic:

    Wednesday 10th January 2018

    Wednesday 23rd May 2018; – note this is a date change from 2nd May

    Wednesday 5th September 2018

    Wednesday 7 November 2018

    Wednesday 12 December 2018

    Wednesday 06 Feb 2019 1-2pm

    IUC fitter forums at Central Health Clinic

    October 10th 2018- 1-2pm

    13th Feb 2019 1-2pm

    15 May 2019 1-2pm

    11 September 2019 1-2pm

    4 December 2019 1-2pm

    Additional Evening IUC fitter forum at Horfield Health Centre

    Weds 30 Jan 2019 – 7.15-8.30pm – *sponsored by Bayer

Associated organisations providing training

  • Avon group for Contraception and Sexual health

    The Avon Group for Contraception and Sexual Health is a membership group providing training and updates for doctors and nurses who have a special interest in Contraception and Sexual Health. The group aims to provide a high quality of educational meetings (three per year) to doctors, nurses and health advisers, providing contraception sexual and reproductive health care to the populations within Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. This includes primary care and specialist services.

    Please see the website for further information.

  • Brook

    Brook are a UK-wide organisation, providing sexual health and contraception services for everyone under the age of 25 years.

    An important part of this work has been providing training to adults working with young people in a range of settings- from health professionals to teachers and youth workers.

    Please see the Brook website for further infortmation


  • C:card

    To prepare those working with young people to run C:Card registration points which make it easier for them to access condoms when they need them and increasing opportunities for them to talk to trained workers.


    Tues 22nd January 2019: 9.30am-1.30pm at Unity@Brook, The Station

    Click here to book


    South Gloucestershire  Click here for further information on registering as a C:card provider in South Gloucershire.

    North Somerset Click here for further information on registering as a C:card provider in North Somerset or please email Kate Blakley, Health Improvement Specialist ( ).

  • University of the West of England (UWE) Bristol

    UWE Bristol currently run two degree level integrated sexual health modules suitable for practice nurses and allied health professionals:

    1. Promoting Sexual Health in Practice

    This module is taught over 5 consecutive days at the Glenside Campus of UWE, Bristol and provides an overview of sexual health issues including: contraception, STIs, pregnancy options, sexual violence and difficulties, values and attitudes and sexual history taking. Students have 3 months to complete a 3000 word essay. This module is worth 20 credits at first degree level and is also available to study at Master’s level.

    1. Integrated Practice for Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare This 20 credit module supports nurses to achieve the DFSRH (1.1) and is suited to nurses who have existing sexual health nursing knowledge and experience, access to regular consultations of a sexual health nature and a mentor in practice. The module is run over 9 months with a start date in January at UWE Glenside. The majority of the learning is online and in practice with only 3 taught days at UWE Glenside.

    For more information including part funding opportunities contact

  • Health Learning Partnership

    Health Learning Partnership offer education for GPs and primary care practitioners in and around Bristol.

    The course list can be found here.

Online learning resources

“One-off”  Educational Events

  • Course of 5

    The next Course of 5 will be on  Tuesday 5th Feb 2019

    The Course of 5 involves five hour-long workshops and includes nine assessments. This is a mandatory stage of assessment for those working to obtain the Diploma in Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (DFSRH).

    For further information, please email DFSRH Training (

  • Sexual and Reproductive Health Updating Day

    2019’s event will take place on Tuesday 14th May 2019; 9am-4pm.

    This is an annual clinical updating day aimed at primary care health professionals and those with an interest in sexual and reproductive health. The aim is to support clinical professionals in delivering  effective and safe sexual and reproductive health care.   It costs approximately £100 for doctors and roughly half of that for nurses.

    For further information please email Shonda Powell –

    email Shonda Powell (

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