The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) accepted a sponsorship opportunity from Higher Education Academy (HEA) in May 2012 to enable progression of an ongoing project to develop an RCN training and education framework for fertility nursing (hereafter referred to as ‘the framework’).
This report provides an overview of the project outcome and the utility of the grant fund provided by HEA.
The original project was developed as part of the strategic planning of the RCN Midwifery & Fertility Nursing Forum (hereafter ‘the forum’). Developing a career framework for fertility nurses has been a key objective of the forum since it was established. The project is also a direct result of ongoing work by the forum around developing specialist competences and identifying the education and training needs of specialist nurses and midwives working in fertility services in the NHS higher education and the independent/private sector care providers across the UK.
In 2009-10 the forum secured an educational grant to commission a survey with RCN members to ascertain the priorities for specialist nurses and midwives working in fertility services. The results of the survey identified the need to develop a pathway and framework for nationally recognised education and training. A paper describing the findings of the survey was submitted to the professional journal Human Fertility for peer review and accepted for publication in September 2011.