“ Good course, it was good to change methods: big group, small group and discussions – I felt it kept me engaged and stimulated- brilliant content
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The aim of the course is to equip participants with the basic knowledge, skills and attitudes for the effective management of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) outside the GUM setting.
Early registration is preferable.
All Applications Should Be Returned Two week before the course.
It is highly recommended that delegates study the appropriate modules in e-Learning for Health before attending.
This will entail around 5 hours of study. Further information about the modules will be provided by the course organisers approximately four weeks before the course commences.
This is a multi-disciplinary course and applications are invited from: Doctors and nurses working in general practice, family planning and reproductive health, GUM, health advisers, secondary care clinicians who may encounter patients with STIs (e.g. O&G, A&E, rheumatology and ophthalmology), pharmacists, school nurses.
The National Sexual Health Strategy (2001) emphasised the provision of more sexual health care in the Primary Care setting. In response BASHH (British Association for Sexual Health and HIV) developed a 2-day sexually transmitted infection foundation course (STIF). This course has been updated (from August 2010) and is now structured to include approximately 7 hours of e-learning followed by one CORE/Foundation day and one STIF-PLUS contact day. New material has been introduced covering sexual assault, Hepatitis, Genital Dermatology and Syphilis.
This course provides multidisciplinary training in the attitudes, skills, and knowledge required for the prevention and management of STIs, using a variety of educational techniques. Core topics include national and local epidemiology of STIs, HIV and Teenage Pregnancies; principles of STI service provision; sexual history taking, HIV testing in non-GU settings; Partner notification and management. Each participant also rotates through small group workshops on common STI presentations.
In some deaneries all VTS trainees will have attended a STIF course before entering general practice. The STIF Foundation Course is accredited by the Royal College of Nursing (12 study hours) and also accredited by Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare.
“ Really useful – good preparation for working in GUM – kept my attention all day “
The STIF course is constantly being revised and updated to keep up with current trends – a national steering group with representation from BASHH, RCGP, RCN and the FRSH produces and reviews all course materials including course director’s manual, instructors’ manual and teaching material and a manual with self assessment tool for delegates.