Meet the experts

The medical course organiser is Dr Sarah Gray, who has developed this training program since its inception in 2003. She is a GP and previously the Clinical Lead for the Menopause Service in Cornwall. She is an accredited Primary Trainer in Menopause. Dr Gray will be joined by Dr Jane Davis, who is GPwSI in Women’s Health and Deputy Menopause Guardian for the BMS/FSRH. 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”.

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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. The 6th Edition of the British Menopause Society (BMS) Handbook is recommended pre-course reading. Speakers summarise each topic to the whole group which then divides into workshop groups of no more than 12 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.

This course will provide you with knowledge and confidence to advise and treat women before, during and after menopause within your working environment.

It will count towards the reaccreditation requirement of the Diploma of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) and provide evidence for professional revalidation.

The course has been developed as the theory component of the FSRH/BMS Special Skills Module in Menopause. In conjunction with an approved Primary Trainer, additional practical training and satisfactory assessment of competence, it can lead to the award of a Certificate in Menopause. This would support you to provide leadership within a practice or work within an existing menopause service.

If you are inspired to do more, this course plus extended training can lead to a FSRH/BMS  Advanced Certificate in Menopause. This is equivalent in status to the Menopause ATSM of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG). It accredits sufficient competence to provide expert advice as recommended by NICE or lead a specialist menopause service.

What is the Menopause Special Skills Course?

The overall combined Theory and Practical 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 practical training and assessment, will earn a 'Certificate in Menopause Care'.

Our course provides the theory component of the FSRH/BMS 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 practical 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 become a GPwSI taking referrals from colleagues.

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Your venue for the Special Skills Course

Venue: Radisson Blu, Broad Quay, Bristol BS1 4DA

Telephone: 0117 934 9500

Delegates may wish to book dinner, bed & breakfast at an additional cost. Please see the Registration section for more information.

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