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The STI Foundation and other educational initiatives from the BASHH Education Committee
  1. Karen E Rogstad1,
  2. Penny Goold2,
  3. Nick Theobald3
  1. 1Department Genitourinary Medicine, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield, UK
  2. 2Whittall Street Clinic, Department of Genitourinary Medicine, Heart of Birmingham Teaching Primary Care Trust, Birmingham, UK
  3. 3Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Karen E Rogstad, Chair of Education Committee, Department Genitourinary Medicine, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Glossop Road, Sheffield S10 2JF, UK; karen.rogstad{at}sth.nhs.uk

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Healthcare and information technology have dramatically changed in recent years, and one of the medical areas most affected is the field of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) (and its preceding organisations) have had a major role in the provision of education to those delivering STI and HIV care. Several years ago the Sexually Transmitted Infection Foundation (STIF) course was developed to provide education for general practitioners and family planning doctors. Although very successful, changes in healthcare delivery, providers and information technology have prompted the BASHH Education Committee (EC) to review the course, to ensure it is fit for 2010 and beyond. The result is an exciting and evolving programme.

STIF has been re-branded as ‘The STI Foundation’ (http://www.bashh.org/stif_ic; accessed 20 Sep 2010), a comprehensive education package for level 1 and 2 providers of sexual health and genitourinary medicine (GUM) nurses working in level 3 services. It …

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