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Womens Health

Pre entry forms 1-3.doc click here

Depending on your allocation, you will spend 3 months in hospital working in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and the other 3 months in Sexual & Reproductive Health (SRH) and GU medicine. Some of you will be allocated 6 months in SRH & GUM by the Deanery.

Top Tips from Current Trainees

The DFSRH involves the on line learning modules (which you do in your own time - takes about 15 hours) and in order to register for it you need to print a form off the ffprhc website click here. You send the form off with a cheque for £50, which when you start GP training in September, you could claim it back from your study budget - which we have managed to do. It takes a few weeks to get the access code through for the e-learning modules, so you may want to do that now. When you have done the e-learning modules, Grace Gray will book you onto a course of 5 (5 x1 hr sessions, which they seem to do over 2 morning sessions). This needs to be done before you start on the placement. Then during the placement you need to get your primary trainer and another nominated trainer to do 7 assessments for you (a bit like CEXs and CBDs). I have been in clinic this afternoon and my primary trainer has already managed to sign of 2 for me - so, compared to the old DFSRH, I really do not think you would have a problem completing the DFSRH in 2 months. 

Annual/study leave is sorted through Dr. Najia Aziz( ) for SRH and Dr. Helen Williams( ) for GUM. You get 7 days to take in SRH/GUM and 7 days in Obs/gynae and the days you take need to be agreed by both people! Annabel Balcombe( ) sorts out annual/study leave for Obs/gynae.


Diploma of The Faculty Of Sexual And Reproductive Healthcare (DFSRH)

Many qualified GPs take time out of their routine work to obtain this certificate which is a bonus on your CV and allows you to train to insert contraceptive implants/coils etc. It's very practically based and useful for male trainees also as it will give you lots of confidence with contraceptive pill rules/choices/injections/emergency contraception etc. 

Part of the training is sitting in on clinics and seeing patients, but as you do this as your job you will in effect be paid to complete the diploma, whilst your peers will be on a waiting list to sit in on clinics (unpaid). The rules regarding obtaining the diploma have just changed and there are a few more loop holes to jump through. 

You will be required to register with the faculty of family planning: and also be signed off as competent in performing a simple gynaecological exam, taking a smear and have appropriate consultation skills. This can be signed by a GP or a hospital Dr and if you have had FY2 placements in general practice you could ask your last GP trainer to fill the form in, if they felt you had obtained the skills. You will not be allowed to start the diploma until this is done and it may delay you obtaining the diploma during you stint there (if you're only there for 3 months; those there for 6 months need not worry as you have enough time). If you wanted the diploma you would need to go back (unpaid) to complete it. You will also be required to complete some e-modules and then attend a "course of 5" which can be allocated for you now. They get booked up so my advice would be to  to get you onto one quickly. 

You will have to pay for the diploma yourself if you wanted it. Grace is a good source of more information on the diploma. 

Finally in order to get paid/work in SRH/GUM you need to be on the local PCT performer's list as you will be working out of hospital in community clinics. This process takes 3 months minimum. Please contact Grace Gray on how to do this(
(You will be allowed to work for a couple of weeks without being on the list).

Family Planning

Contact  0203 049 7000

To organise e-portfolio and e-learning/course of 5 for theoretical part of DFSRH. This needs to be completed in your own time (20 hours of e-learning and a two morning course) prior to you starting the post.

Once e-portfolio has been set up, you need complete 3 forms to confirm that you can perform an i.m. injection, speculum examination and bimanual examination, again before you start the post.

Job details
3 sessions per week either 9.30-1 or 1-5

At the Artesian Centre (Bermondsey) or the Walworth Road Clinic (Elephant and Castle). 

One of your primary objectives during this post should be to complete your Diploma in Sexual and Reproductive Health (DFSRH). Again initially you sit in with another doctor/nurse specialist. After 2-3 of these sessions, it’s good to start seeing patients yourself and have the senior doctor watch you.

Once sitting in your own clinic, discuss each patient with a senior and complete an e-portfolio assessment form towards the DFSRH. Once you have completed the DFSRH you can see patients on your own.



Jennifer Dobbie  re. honorary contract which needs to be completed prior to starting post.


5 x 3.5hr sessions a week

1-2 sessions per week will be 4-7pm, others all 8.30 – 16.30

Clinics held at Lydia clinic (St Thomas’) and Lloyd clinic (Guys)

Initially you sit in with another doctor/nurse specialist for 6 sessions before doing clinic yourself. There is always somebody senior to ask for advice and you are given a copy of the clinical guidelines for management of all the common conditions which is useful to refer to.

To be proactive try and ask to sit in a syphilis clinic and/or PEP clinic.

Obs & Gynae


For queries regarding rota, induction programme and annual leave.

Rotation consists of 6 weeks obstetrics and 6 weeks gynaecology.

There is a once a week on call with no nights or weekends! In obstetrics, you are on labour ward once a week with sufficient senior cover and spend the rest of the time working in community clinics, the day assessment unit or on the ward. In gynaecology, you are on call in the emergency gynaecology unit once a week and spend a mixture of the rest of your time in clinic, the ward or theatre.

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