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Training Programme for Menopause Care
BMS/FSRH Special Skills in Menopause.
This programme has been developed in conjunction with the Faculty of Family Planning and Reproductive Healthcare and offers two levels of training:
A. Basic certificate - aimed at
B. Advanced certificate - aimed at doctors wishing to lead a menopause service
Training Programme Structure
The hand book of the British Menopause Society is used as the core text.
The programme requires attendance at an approved training course.
The two day training course is case based, practical, interactive and workshop based. It can be taken alone but does not signify competence to practice. This might be suitable for
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A theory course must be attended within the first year of practical training and practical training must be completed within 3 years of the date of attendance of a recognised menopause theory course. This is supervised by a principal trainer in menopause who will conduct a learning needs assessment and plan a suitable and individualized programme. Skills training, competencies agreed and all relevant tutorials and discussion are recorded in a logbook (ffprhc.org.uk/pdfs/Menopause.pdf)
Membership of the British Menopause Society is encouraged before the certificate can be granted and in order to keep up to date.
When the required level of competencies are met a "Certificate in Menopause Care" can be awarded. This would indicate the ability to practice to a standard desirable for work within an established clinic or in primary care. Further training, a course project and a higher level of competency can lead to the award of an "Advanced Certificate in Menopause Care" which would recognize the ability to lead a Menopause Service.
The three day BMS/RCOG training course can be offered as an alternative for those seeking the advanced certificate but the interactive style of the two day course is more suitable for the basic certificate.
Trainers are jointly approved by both the British Menopause Society and the Faculty. They have both extensive experience of working in the field of menopause and either Training the Trainers or Faculty Registered Trainer status.
The FSRH holds a list of registered trainers for each SSM, these can be obtained by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
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