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Menopause Education for Nurses
Nurses are at the forefront of menopause practice, especially in primary care, but few have completed any formal training to demonstrate their knowledge and competence. The Nursing and Midwiifery (NMC) Code of Conduct highlights that you are personally accountable for your practice, regardless of direction from another professional and it is your own responsibility to ensure that your practice is competent. Completing a recognised course does not ensure competence but enhances your knowledge and may help demonstrate a defined level of practice. It will also help you when considering the Knowledge and Skills Framework within Agenda for Change.
2. “Choices at the Change” Menopause Study Days
Do you see women for smears, travel vaccinations, weight loss clinics and find yourself talking about menopause? Wish you had a better understanding of therapy choices ? Do you know what is normal, what is not? Want to understand how best to advise women?
These one day meetings are aimed at nurses who want an introduction to the impact of menopause on health and a better understanding of therapy and lifestyle options, including an HRT update.
A Certificate of Attendance will be issued.
Ask your Clinical Commissioning Group/Practice Nurse Group to hold one local to you.
3. Two Day Foundation Course
Developed in partnership with The Menopause Clinical and Research Unit, Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow, this two day course aims to provide nurses with a strong understanding and knowledge of issues relevant to menopause. This includes:
A Certificate of Attendance will be issued on completion.
4. Advanced course
The BMS is working with the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health to offer the current special skills module in menopause for nurses as well as doctors.
The programme, aimed at advanced practitioners, requires attendance at an approved training course followed by practice based learning with a medical trainer achieving a ‘Certificate in Menopause Care’. It is anticipated that nurses will have already completed a Foundation Level course from any provider before doing this course or can demonstrate a higher level of practice through clinical experience.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information and criteria.For details of other opportunities for nurse education in menopause see www.themenopausecourse.com
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