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The RCN is currently involved in the following fertility related projects.

New project - Fertility Preservation - what nurses need to know (Fertility Nursing Forum)

The Fertility Nursing Forum led a project in 2016-17 which resulted in the publication in 2017 of the RCN Clinical Professional Resource on Fertility Preservation.  Feedback from presentations at conferences confirm that fertility and non-fertility nurses would welcome more training about how to present the options available for fertility preservation for adults, young people and children with medical conditions which are likely to impair their fertility and how to raise  sensitive questions with patients. The workshops will benefit members by making them aware of the options and help them develop the knowledge and skills to enable them to discuss fertility preservation with patients.

These planned for 2019 on fertility preservation will be organised and delivered jointly between the RCN Fertility Nursing, Cancer Care Forums and the British Fertility Counselling Association (BICA).  Four workshops are planned - two in England one in Scotland and one in Wales. Northern Ireland is being investigated separately.

New project - Emotional Wellbeing and Fertility Care (Fertility Nursing Forum)

The Human Fertility and Embryology Authority (HFEA) will be updating the Code of Practice in October 2018 and will include a section on the emotional care and wellbeing of patients/women and men. This is extremely important for fertility nursing that and not all nurses may have the tools or support from a counselling team to assist the women and men appropriately. The guidance will provide information and resources for nursing staff to utilise and implement into practice. There are a number of studies that have shown that those seeking fertility treatment often experience anxiety and distress when trying to conceive, this guide will assist the nursing teams to support best practice.

The aim of the project is to produce guidance for Fertility Nursing teams to support the emotional needs of women and men accessing fertility services. This is being carried out in collaboration with the RCN Fertility Nursing Forum Committee, the Senior Infertility Nurses Group (SING), British Infertility Counselling Association (BICA) and the RCN Mental Health Forum.

Page last updated - 17/10/2018