STI Foundation STIF-NHIVNA Advanced Competency is a workplace-based training and assessment programme developed by the National HIV Nurses Association (NHIVNA) and the STI Foundation (BASHH) and is designed for specialist clinicians working in HIV medicine who are working towards advanced practice and have already successfully completed STI Foundation STIF-NHIVNA Intermediate Competencies, and working in a specialist HIV Medicine setting (Out-patient or Community) or an Integrated GUM/HIV or ID/HIV setting, It is suitable for nurses working at an advanced level, physician associates and SAS doctors working in HIV medicine who do not wish to take the DipHIV exam.
The training and assessment is structured as a clinical attachment within an HIV service and comprises e-learning, a minimum of 50 clinical sessions including reflective writing, formal assessment of competence, multi-source feedback and completion of an audit.
Being able to prescribe ARV medication is not essential but more in-depth knowledge about ARVs, their use, resistance, interactions and adherence support are expected
Training is provided by Registered STIF Competency Trainers
STIF NHIVNA Advanced Competency
You do not need to be registered on the STIF-NHIVNA Advanced programme to begin the e-learning. It is highly recommended that you complete 50% of the e-learning before commencing your training and assessments.
Time frame for completion of training
The STIF NHIVNA Advanced Competency training and assessment pathway should be completed within 12 months of the date of the first assessment (unless extenuating circumstances).
On successful completion of the training and assessment programme, a Diploma of STIF (STIF-NHIVNA Advanced Competency) is awarded. The Diploma needs to be revalidated every five years. Link to the revalidation web page