Following the ongoing restrictions on face-to-face contact due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to deliver the Menopause Special Skills Course virtually.
This course will provide you with knowledge and confidence to advise and treat women before, during and after menopause within your working environment. It is aimed at healthcare professionals who primarily work in the field of women's health, including doctors, nurses or pharmacists. The course provides the theory component of the FSRH menopause special skills training module. Clinical training and assessment of competence can lead to the 'Certificate in Menopause Care of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology'
Meet the experts
The medical course organiser is Dr Sarah Gray, who has developed this training programme since its inception in 2003. She is a GP and previously the Clinical Lead for the Menopause Service in Cornwall. She is an accredited Faculty Registered Primary Trainer in Menopause. Dr Gray will be joined by Dr Jane Davis, who is also a GP and Primary Trainer in Menopause. Jane holds the BMS/FSRH Advanced Certificate in Menopause Care and was originally trained by Sarah. Additional experienced clinicians will be available for discussion and to answer questions throughout the two days.
Dr Sarah Gray
Sarah Gray is a GP in Cornwall with specialist expertise in Women’s Health. She ran an NHS menopause referral service for 16 years providing secondary and tertiary level advice. This was decommissioned to save costs and she continues in the private sector. She was a member of BMS Council for 10 years and one of the original group who developed NICE guidance and quality standards for Heavy Menstrual Bleeding. She provides clinical leadership for Cornwall Council and performance assessment for the GMC. Sarah is passionate about improving women’s health from the primary care setting and contributed the menopause chapter to the recent Cambridge University Press textbook “Women’s Health in Primary Care”.
Dr Jane Davis
Jane is a GP with a boundless enthusiasm for excellent Menopause management. Her vision is to enable all women to know how to self care around the Menopause and who to ask for help. As a doctor who has been fortunate enough to have gained so much job satisfaction from helping women in this way, Jane is delighted to have the opportunity to introduce more clinicians to this fascinating and wonderful branch of women's healthcare.
Why should I consider this course?
This course is suitable for a doctor or nurse who is already providing women’s healthcare whether in primary care, sexual health, community or acute gynaecology settings.
The course material is entirely NICE NG23 compliant. The format promotes discussion of how the recommendations can be applied to every day clinical practice. It is both pragmatic and practical in outlook. You will be sent a short list of resources to provide baseline information and enhance the experience. Speakers summarise each topic to the whole group which then divides into workshop groups of no more than 10 delegates plus a menopause expert to discuss a variety of related clinical scenarios. This provides the opportunity to handle products, ask questions and really make sure that you understand.
What is the Menopause Special Skills Course?
The overall combined Theory and Clinical Training module is aimed at healthcare professionals who primarily work in the field of women's health. Delegates on the theoretical course we are offering here will receive a certificate of attendance which, if followed by the completion of competence-based clinical training and assessment, will earn a 'Certificate in Menopause Care'.
Our course provides the theory component of the FSRH menopause special skills training module. It will enhance the practice and clinical confidence of any doctor or experienced nurse working in primary care or women’s health. It will explain the evidence base and encourage a reflective and pragmatic approach using an interactive lecture and workshop format.
Subsequent clinical training for those wishing to proceed to certification can be organised by contacting the Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare. Extended training to the level of an Advanced Certificate would be required to accept complex referrals from colleagues in the role of a Menopause Specialist.