Training and development (community sexual and reproductive healthcare)

This page provides useful information on the training and development for this specialty and also has tips for people at all stages of their training including medical school.

Specialty training

Training in community sexual and reproductive healthcare (CSRH) is a run-through training from ST1-6. Once you have been accepted at ST1, you will not need to apply again. Training normally lasts six years.

You will need to pass part 1 exams of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health (MFSRH) by the end of ST2.  Part 2 of the MFSRH exams must be passed by the end of ST5 and before entering ST6.

The length of training can vary, for example it is possible to train flexibly if you fulfil the criteria for Less than Full Time Training (LTFT).


Selection panels also look for evidence of academic and research achievements, which as well as additional academic qualifications include prizes, awards, distinctions, publications and presentations. An understanding of research, audit and teaching is also important as is evidence of the ability to work in a multidisciplinary team. Good leadership and organisational skills are also important.

Experience of extra-curricular activities, achievements and interests relevant to CSRH are also desirable as is an intercalated degree and or higher academic qualifications.

Find out more about the specialty on the GMC website which provides information on the curriculum for CSRH training.

Getting in tips

It is important to develop your practical skills and interest in CRSH as early as you can. This will also give you valuable experience to add to your CV.

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