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Menopause Training

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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.


1. “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 - HRT and Non hormonals? 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.
This course is aimed mainly at primary care nurses but others are welcome.

Ask your Clinical Commissioning Group/Practice Nurse Group to hold one local to you.
For more details email Kathy Abernethy- menopause@btinternet.com

2014 dates:

Women want information, nurses want to offer it but are you up to date on the current evidence?

  • Find out what is available to women and when it is appropriate.
  • Learn how to assess a menopausal women both for HRT and non HRT interventions
  • Update on current evidence on HRT and alternative choices
  • Whats normal and what's not?

65 including refreshments


2. 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 foundation knowledge of issues relevant to menopause. This includes:

  • Physiology, signs and symptoms
  • An understanding of the relationship between ageing in women and osteoporosis, cancer, heart disease and mental health problems
  • An understanding of therapeutic options, hormonal, non hormonal and complementary.
  • Nurse assessment, monitoring and prescribing.
  • Practical case scenarios and care pathways
  • Premature Ovarian Insufficiency
  • Menopause after cancer

A Certificate of Attendance will be issued on completion.
This course is aimed at:

  • Practice Nurses
  • Sexual Health Nurses
  • Gynaecology Nurses
  • Endocrinology Nurses
  • Oncology Nurses
  • Menopause Nurses
  • Allied Health Professionals working in Women’s Health, such as pharmacists, dieticians, physiotherapists are also welcome.

Next course:


3. 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 admin@thebms.org.uk for further information and criteria.

For details of other opportunities for nurse education in menopause see www.themenopausecourse.com



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Women's Health Concern is the patient arm of the British Menopause Society
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Registered Charity Number: 279651
Company Registration Number: 1432023
Patron: Penny Junor
Registered Charity Number: 1015144
Company Registration Number: 2759439

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Last updated: 24 November 2014
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