Practical information for contraception tutors and trainees

22 July 2016
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The Certificate in Contraception is a Certificate of Satisfactory Completion of Training in Contraception. The Certificate is awarded by the ICGP, Reproductive and Sexual Health Committee. For information regarding training requirements, please click here.

The logbook must be completed by candidates doing Part III, Practical Training, for the Certificate in Contraception, under the supervision of a contraception tutor.

Contraception tutors must attend clinical updates to remain active on the RSH Tutor Register. Please see for course updates.

To check if a doctor is on the RSH Tutor Register, please contact the Administrator, RSH Committee, ICGP.

A trainee must have completed Part I and Part II of the application form before starting Part III, Practical Training.

Contraception tutors must ensure that Parts I and II of the application form are signed before starting Part III.

The trainee must attend a minimum of 6 sessions with a contraception tutor. These sessions should be listed on page 5 of the logbook.

Initial Assessment (page 2 of the logbook)

At the first session, the contraception tutor must do an initial assessment of the trainee to assess their learning needs. Based on the identified learning needs, the tutor and trainee should then list the learning objectives and plan activities which will meet these objectives.

This plan should be laid out on page 2 of the logbook.

Knowledge and Skills List (page 3 of the logbook)

The trainee and tutor should refer to the Knowledge and Skills List on page 3 of the logbook when setting learning objectives. As the learning objectives are met, the tutor should give the candidates a score for each item on the list.

Log of Consultations, Tutorials, Practical Procedures (page 4 of the logbook)

Teaching can take the form of tutorials, observed consultants, role play and case reviews.

Trainees must record their consultations and tutorials on page 4 of the log book and indicate what learning outcomes were achieved.

Log of Sessions Attended (page 5 of the logbook)

The trainee must attend a minimum of 6 sessions with a contraception tutor. These sessions should be listed on page 5 of the logbook.

Final Assessment and Report on the Trainee (page 5 of the logbook)

At the last session, the contraception tutor must do a final assessment of the trainee. At the final assessment, the contraception tutor must ensure that the trainee has acquired a sufficient level of knowledge and skills. If the trainee has achieved a satisfactory grade for each item on the Skills List, the contraception tutor can sign the Report on Trainee on the last page of the logbook, stating that the trainee has completed satisfactory training in contraception.

A trainee may attend learning sessions with a number of different contraception tutors who can all assess different areas of knowledge but it must be decided which contraception tutor will do the final assessment and sign the Report on Trainee.

If the contraception tutor is not satisfied with the trainee's level of knowledge and skills, then they should indicate this to the trainee and make a plan for further learning sessions or refer the trainee to the ICGP to arrange further training.

A contraception tutor can ask a second contraception tutor to independently assess a trainee who he/she considers to be borderline.

Click here for the Certificate in Contraception logbook

Learning outcomes of practical training in contraception

The learning outcome is to acquire counselling skills and basic training in contraception, having acquired the following abilities:

  • Demonstrate a sensitive and non-judgmental consultation style
  • Discuss all methods of contraception currently available
  • Demonstrate skills to provide basic counselling and advice about all these methods
  • Demonstrate skills to initiate the use of hormonal and non-hormonal contraception and deal with common problems
  • Demonstrate skills to provide emergency contraception
  • Discuss the physiology of fertility
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of sexuality
  • Demonstrate skills to undertake a sexual health assessment/consultation
  • Explain cervical cytology screening
  • Discuss issues around crisis pregnancy
  • Discuss the law relating to young people
  • Discuss medico-legal and ethical issues specific to sexual health care
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