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Training in Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC)

The Sexual Health and Crisis Pregnancy Programme supported the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) to roll out a new training programme for primary healthcare professionals in methods and use of LARC.

Research from the UK found that LARC can be effective in preventing unwanted pregnancies. In 2008, the Programme (then the Crisis Pregnancy Agency) partnered with the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) to support the design and piloting of an independent, externally accredited training programme for primary healthcare professionals in the use of all methods of LARC. This pilot represented the initiation of the first such accredited training programme in Ireland. The programme worked to ensure standardised teaching and training and also included a framework for re-accreditation to ensure that standards are maintained.

Over 100 new tutors were trained in LARC through additional grant funding provided by the Sexual Health and Crisis Pregnancy Programme to the ICGP in 2012 (part-funding model), which will facilitate the continued roll-out of this training to GPs and family planning practitioners nationwide.

This course aims to teach doctors who wish to become contraception tutor for the purposes of certifying candidates for the Basic Certificate in Contraception. It will also serve as an update in the contraception for current instructing doctors/ contraception tutors. The course will be of particular interest to GP trainers and GPs working in GP training practices.

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