Membership to the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) is now open to nurses, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has announced.
The move will mean that the RCN will no longer accredit individual nurses who work with long acting reversible contraception (LARC).
Nurses who currently hold accreditation are being offered the option of joining the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Faculty and being given a FSRH Letter of Competence.
The FSRH will become one of the very few medical Colleges and Faculties to include nurses within its membership, reflecting the key role that nurses play in the delivery of sexual and reproductive health care. The RCN is working closely with FSRH to promote and develop multi-disciplinary working in sexual and reproductive health.
Dr Peter Carter, chief executive of the RCN said: “Nurses undertake really important work in improving sexual health care in the UK, and we are pleased that this is being recognised in this new membership of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare.
"We are very pleased to be able to work in partnership with the FSRH, to ensure that everyone working in this field, from every profession, has access to the best possible training and development, and we look forward to working closely with the Faculty over the coming years.”
Dr Chris Wilkinson, president of the FSRH, said: “[We are] delighted to be able to offer RCN LARC accredited nurses the opportunity to transfer their qualification into the relevant Letter of Competence from the Faculty.
"We have recently opened up our membership to nurses and we very much hope that any nurse working in sexual and reproductive healthcare will choose to do our qualifications. We look forward to nurses contributing their considerable skills and experience to our growing membership and in turn benefiting from being part of the Faculty.
"We welcome the opportunity to work with the RCN to support excellence in sexual and reproductive health services across the UK.”
More information about the transfer of LARC accreditation is available on the RCN website.