LARC Training Pilot

Introduction

Training in IUD insertions and subdermal implant insertions and removals can be done in general practice under the supervision of an ICGP LARC tutor. Many GP trainees want to get training in LARC insertions but do not have a LARC tutor in their own practice. The LARC training pilot was set up to facilitate these GP trainees to get training from a LARC tutor in another practice. There is a limited amount of funding available to pay the LARC tutor locum cover to facilitate them to pay a locum to cover them while they provide the training. The training can occur in the trainees practice or the LARC tutors practice.

How much will the LARC tutor be paid?

LARC tutors can claim €240 per half day training session, up to a maximum of 4 training sessions per trainee. If the trainee has not completed training within 4 sessions, he/she can apply to for further funding by emailing jana.pickard@icgp.ie but further funding is not guaranteed.

The pilot has now been extended to include GPs in the community who are trained by a LARC tutor in another practice.

If you are a LARC tutor that is willing to provide training to a GP or GP trainee based outside of your own practice please contact Jana Pickard at Jana.Pickard@icgp.ie to be added to the list.

Who can apply?

GP trainees in 3rd or 4th year who get training from a LARC tutor from another practice. Any GP on the specialist register who gets training in LARC from a GP in another practice. It is advised that only those GPs and GP trainees, who are very experienced in contraception consultations, bimanual examination, passing speculum and counselling patients for LARC devices, should embark on LARC training. To maintain competence in LARC insertions/ removals, GPs should be regularly inserting and removing these devices. It is therefore advised that only those who intend to continue regularly inserting devices in the immediate future should embark on training.

Who cannot apply?

This grant is not available to LARC tutors who provide training to GP trainees or GPs who are working in the same practice as them.

How to apply for the grant?

To avail of the training grant, please register by emailing jana.pickard@icgp.ie with your name and practice address, name and practice address of LARC tutor and estimated date of start of training and estimated number of training sessions. 

At the end of the training sessions, your LARC tutor can apply for payment for each training session, by emailing jana.pickard@icgp.ie with an invoice stating name and practice address of trainee, name and practice address of LARC tutor, dates of training sessions, bank details for payment. Please also send a copy of the trainee training log book.

How long will this pilot be running for?

There is a limited amount of funding available so this pilot will run until funds run out. It will operate on a strictly first come first served basis and will close once places have been filled.

LARC training

  1. Before you embark on training, ensure your LARC tutor is on the ICGP LARC tutor register by emailing jana.pickard@icgp.ie
     
  2. Before you embark on training, you should complete the ICGP Contraception e-learning and LARC e-learning.
     
  3. Before you embark on training, you will be assessed by your LARC tutor to ensure you are competent in counselling patients for each device, selecting patients, performing bimanual examination and passing a speculum. 
     
  4. Arrange a training session with your LARC tutor.
     
  5. Keep a log of training sessions and procedures done.
    Click here for logbooks
     
     
  6. At the end of the training sessions, your LARC tutor can apply for payment for each training session, by emailing jana.pickard@icgp.ie with an invoice stating name and practice address of trainee, name and practice address of LARC tutor, dates of training sessions, bank details for payment. Please also send a copy of the trainee training log book.
     
  7. At the end of the training you can apply for the Advanced Certificate in LARC by sending in an application and completed log book under the Advanced Certificate in LARC New Inserter Route.
    Click here to apply

Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Bayer Healthcare and The HSE Sexual Health and Crisis Pregnancy Programme.

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