Nursing Training

Sandyford offers training to nursing and midwifery professionals looking to expand their knowledge of Sexual & Reproductive Health and Genitourinary Medicine.

All our training opportunities for nurses and midwives are supported by the Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Health (FSRH) or the West of Scotland Managed Clinical Network (MCN). We offer both specialised training in IUDs and sub-dermal Implants, as well as the Diploma from the Faculty for a wider experience in sexual and reproductive health.

We currently offer the below training at the Sandyford for medical professionals:

  • FSRH Letters of Competence (IUD and/or Sub Dermal Implants)
  • FSRH Diploma (new diploma launching in spring 2020)
  • Managed Clinical Network Implants Training (Insertions Only/Insertions and Removals)


Diploma of the Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Health

The FSRH Diploma is aimed at doctors (DFSRH) and nurses (NDFSRH) already working in general practice, obstetrics and gynaecology or community and integrated sexual health services. The Diploma demonstrates the candidate can provide safe and effective sexual and reproductive health care in community, primary and secondary care settings.

The Faculty is currently revising the Diploma and a new Diploma will open for applications in Spring 2020. Individuals who have already enrolled for the current Diploma qualification, this must be completed by 31 March 2021.

Sandyford no longer offers the old Course of 5. Trainees who have passed the Course of 5 and would like to book clinical sessions should contact the training department at Sandyford.Training@ggc.scot.nhs.uk and arrange to complete these prior to 31 March 2021.

Available to: doctors and nurses

Cost: tbc

Prerequisites: tbc


Letter of Competence

A Letter of Competence from the Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Health allows doctors and nurses to training and gain experience in sub dermal implants (LoC SDI) and intra uterine techniques (LoC IUT) without first holding the Diploma of Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare.

They must demonstrate the evidence based knowledge, attitude and skills required to consult with a woman requesting contraception, and to appropriately provide intrauterine and sub-dermal implant insertion and removal methods and manage complications and side effects.

Letters of Competence in IUD / IUS & Sub Dermal Implant training are available to doctors and nurses. To start training you must have either a current Diploma of Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare or have passed the FSRH on-line knowledge assessment (eKA). More information regarding the e-KA can be found on the Faculty’s website.

Available to: doctors and nurses

Cost: £75 per session (generally most people need between 2-4 sessions for each LoC)

Prerequisites: Candidates must have passed the Faculty’s online knowledge assessment (eKA) and online modules for IUD/IUS and/or Sub Dermal implant (these modules are found on the e-Learning for Healthcare website which you must register on). Once the candidate has successfully passed the eKA and completed the above modules, dates can be arranged to attend Sandyford IUD / Implant training clinics with a Faculty Registered Trainer to complete the practical clinical training.


Nurse Implant Training (Insertions Insertions & Removals)

Sandyford delivers the West of Scotland Managed Clinical Network (MCN) nurse implant training. This is available to nurses and midwives across the west of Scotland who will undertake a minimum of 6 insertions per year, and allows candidates to gain experience in inserting and removing Nexplanon implants. We offer training in both insertions only, and insertions and removals. Training is delivered one-to-one or in small groups over, up to two, practical sessions with our nursing team. Theory and model arm training must be completed before commencing clinical training. Practical sessions should be completed within twelve months of undertaking the theoretical training.

Available to: nurses and midwives registered with the NMC

Cost: Please contact the Training Department

Prerequisites: Candidates must have passed the Faculty’s online modules (link to PDF on how to complete the e-learning) numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 10 and 17. We will also require a letter of support from the candidate’s line manager and proof of their registration with NMC. More information regarding the e-SRH modules can be found on the Faculty’s website.