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  • 10 May 2019

    Sexual and reproductive health: education, training and career progression in nursing and midwifery

    Publication Code : 007 502

    Nurses and midwives who wish to work in sexual and reproductive health need further education and training to do so. It is a specialist area that requires post-registration education, training and development not covered on undergraduate programmes in enough depth. This publication has been developed alongside an online resource available at: and offers detail on the routes available to train in these areas and signposts nurses and midwives to valuable information. Produced with support from Health Education England.

  • 7 Mar 2019

    Womens Health Cards part 3

    Publication Code : 007 293

    Part three of these handy pocket guides covers multiple women's health topics including fertility, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), pelvic organ prolapse and Gestational Trophoblastic Disease (GTD). Supported by Association of Early Pregnancy Units, The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust, Verity The Polycystic Ovaries Self Help Group and The Vulval Pain Society.

  • 15 Jun 2017

    Principles of Consent

    Publication Code : 006047

    This document aims to provide information to registered nurses and other nursing staff to guide their practice around consent.

  • 7 Apr 2017

    Fertility Preservation

    Publication Code : 005986

    This publication provides information for nurses who are supporting and caring for those beginning treatment for potentially life-limiting diseases and where the treatment may adversely affect their ability to have children in the future. It also encompasses those who may wish, for non-medical reasons, to defer having children until later in life, for example members of the armed forces or those considering gender reassignment surgery. It is important that registered nurses understand the reality of what is possible now, what may be available in the future, and to support people to manage fertility should they become infertile due to illness/treatment or through choice for non-medical (social) reasons.

  • 19 Jun 2016

    Fair care for trans people

    Publication Code : 005575

    The RCN recognises that trans people frequently experience prejudice and discrimination. This resource is designed to help you respond to the needs of patients and clients who identify as transgender. Initially created in response to an RCN Congress resolution, this guidance has been updated following further research from other organisations.

  • 17 Mar 2014

    Transvaginal ultrasound scanning

    Publication Code : 004581 ISBN : 9781910066256

    Outlines the key issues fertility nurses need to be aware of, including the importance of good communication with women.

  • 1 Nov 2011


    Publication Code : 003135 ISBN : 9781904114376

    This publication is being reviewed in 2017. Publication giving nurses the support they need to achieve the skills and knowledge necessary to provide a high standard of care.

  • 15 Dec 2009

    Infertility provision in England

    Publication Code : 003571

    Policy briefing looking at the provision of infertility treatment in England. Highlights the key role that specialist nurses play in IVF, as they care for and inform the patient during what can be a highly emotional and stressful treatment.

External resources

  • The Miscarriage Association has launched a set of resources for health professionals caring for women and couples with pregnancy loss.

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