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Community sexual and reproductive health

Community sexual and reproductive health (CSRH) is a specialty concerned with caring for the sexual health needs of men and women. Services include contraception, treatment of sexually transmitted infections and the menopause, sexual assault and unplanned pregnancies.

Training and qualifications required

Training usually starts with a five year first degree in medicine, two years foundation doctor training, six years specialist training (ST1-6) leading to Fellowship of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FFSRH). Length of training can vary according to your circumstances.

Expected working hours and salary range

Doctors may work up to 48 hours a week. The working hours may sometimes extend beyond the normal working day to include early mornings, evenings and weekends, on call unlikely. Pay scales (2017): Consultants earn between £76,761 and £103,490.

Desirable skills and values

This role requires a holistic and non-judgmental approach. You'll have sensitivity, emotional resilience, compassion and patience. You'll also have manual dexterity. Excellent communication skills and listening skills are important as well as a positive attitude towards sexuality. You'll have good organisational skills and the ability to multitask. Good problem-solving and decision making skills are required. You'll also have team work and leadership skills, with an interest in the wider aspect of health.

Prospects

There are 69 consultants in community, sexual and reproductive health in England in 2016. Opportunities exist for research and teaching.
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