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). It is designed to train and assess the knowledge and competence of nurses working in HIV services at an advanced level. The training is suitable for senior nurses, working in a Specialist HIV Medicine setting (Out-patient or Community) or an Integrated GUM/HIV or ID/HIV setting, with 4 years or more experience.
Training is provided by Registered STIF Competency Trainers.
Knowledge and skills required:
- NHIVNA Advanced Competency training is for nurses working in a Specialist HIV Medicine setting (Out-patient/Community) or an Integrated GUM/HIV or ID/HIV setting at an advanced level who has worked in the HIV field for 4 years or more and has an independent case load of stable patients.
- 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.
STIF NHIVNA Advanced Competency
You do not need to be registered on the NHIVNA Advanced programme to undertake 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 18 months of the date of the first assessment (unless extenuating circumstances).
On successful completion of the training and assessment programme, a Certificate of STIF NHIVNA Advanced Competency is awarded. The Certificate needs to be revalidated every five years. Link to the revalidation web page