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The Sexually Transmitted Infection Foundation: STIF level 1 competency
  1. Ashini Fox
  1. Correspondence to Dr Ashini Fox, Department of Sexual Health Medicine, Nottingham University Hospitals Trust, Nottingham NG5 1PB, UK; ashinifox{at}

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The Sexually Transmitted Infection Foundation (STIF) competency programme, launched in 2010 as an adjunct to the well-established STIF Theory Course, has become a nationally recognised sexual health training and assessment programme designed for nursing staff and non-specialist medical staff, from novice to advanced practitioner (figure 1).

Figure 1

Current STI Foundation portfolio.

The latest component, ‘STIF level 1’, is an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)-style assessment in which candidates undertake three distinct consultations designed to address clinical competencies required to provide a level 1 sexual health service as defined by the BASHH Sexual Health Standards.1 It is aimed at community pharmacists, sexual and reproductive healthcare (SRH) nurses, practice nurses, genitor-urinary medicine (GUM) healthcare assistants and …

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