Training at Devon Sexual Health

Training at Devon Sexual Health

We are proud to deliver and support a variety of training opportunities and training programmes at Devon Sexual Health.

We are a training centre for the Faculty of the Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) and for The British Association of Sexual Health (BASHH) approved STIF courses.

Please see below for more detail on specific programmes.

If you are just after updates on sexual health look out for our Primary care update sessions, Fitters Forums and other educational events which are listed on this page, advertised locally in the LMC newsletter and via direct communication to general practices and relevant local services.

 

Diploma Of the Faculty of Sexual Health and Reproductive Healthcare.

Diploma Of the Faculty of Sexual Health and Reproductive Healthcare.

Are you a Doctor, GP, Practice nurse, Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Pharmacist, Midwife, Physicians Associate or other healthcare professional working in primary care, community or integrated sexual health services? And are you interested in providing expert sexual healthcare to your patients, or leading the provision of such service with in your practice? Then the diploma may well be for you.

For more information and entry requirements please see the information on the FSRH website (training requirements )

For a more in-depth discussion about the diploma please contact:

Nici Buckley                        Exeter and East Devon                  nici.buckley@nhs.net

Nicky Morgan                     North Devon                                      nmorgan2@nhs.net

Michelle Crowe                  Torbay and South Devon              michelle.crowe@nhs.net

Sexually Transmitted Infection Foundation (STIF) and STIF Plus Courses

Sexually Transmitted Infection Foundation (STIF) and STIF Plus Courses

Devon Sexual Health is involved in running STIF courses. Please visit the STIF website for further information (STIF website)

Letters of Competence

Letters of Competence

If you are interested in learning to fit and remove subdermal contraceptive implants the LocSDI is the nationally recognised qualification for you.
The LocSDI –IR is a nationally recognised qualification awarded by the FSRH and allows you to fit and remove implants.
If you are a midwife or work in abortion services there is an insertion only qualification (LocSDI –IO) which might be more applicable for your work setting.
For further information about the LocSDI please see the FSRH training page  (https://www.fsrh.org/education-and-training/)

Wishing to learn how to fit coils? If yes you need to train for the nationally recognised LocIUT.
For further information and requirements about the LocIUT please see the FSRH training page  (https://www.fsrh.org/education-and-training/)

To apply for Loc training please contact the relevant training coordinator as detailed above under Diploma training.

Undergraduate and post graduate training

Undergraduate and post graduate training

Devon Sexual Health provides placements for F2 Doctors and Integrated Training Programmes for GP trainees.

Such placements are coordinated through the local Foundation schools and the local HEE Deaneries respectively. Please contact them for further information.

We also provide placements for Exeter Medical School students.

Training posts for nursing staff are advertised on NHS jobs when they arise.

Devon sexual health holds a GUM training number for GU specialist training posts.

General updates and other training events

General updates and other training events

If you work in primary care, obs and gynae or any field where sexual health care is a relevant part of your work look out for our open evenings, sexual health update sessions and fitters forums.

If you are unable to attend any of these events we do post all our talks on our website under previous events (Previous events (incl. slides) and you are welcome to access the presentations there at a time to suit you.

Upcoming events:

Will be posted here

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Accessing our service

In response to the emergence of COVID-19 we have implemented a telephone triage system for all of our clinics. Our central telephone number is 0300 303 3989.

We are currently experiencing high demand for our Sexual Health Services across Devon and Torbay with unprecedented demand in Exeter. Please note always review urgent cases the same day. If your need is urgent and you are struggling to reach us keep trying as our phone system will explain how to access same-day care with us.

We have updated information on the provision of routine contraception here.

Self-requested STI testing by post is available for those aged under 25- more info

We are now running an under 18’s sit and wait clinic at Exeter, Torquay, and Barnstaple for more information click here

If you are struggling to access sexual health services, alternatives may be available:

  • Emergency Contraception - from a local pharmacy - more info
  • Contraceptive pills and LARC procedures - obtained from your GP
  • HIV PEPSE - available via A+E departments - more info
  • Condoms by post (for gay and bisexual men only) - more info