Menopause Special Skills Course
Virtual courses to provide healthcare professionals with the key knowledge base for menopause care.
Register your interest for courses in 2024
ONLINE | £495
Why should I consider this course?
The course material is NICE compliant, and evidence based. The format promotes discussion of how guidelines and recommendations can be applied to every day clinical practice. It is both pragmatic and practical in outlook.
You will be sent a list of resources to provide baseline information and enhance the experience.
The course is delivered live, not pre-recorded,and will respond to current news and hot topics. Speakers will summarise each subject area and delegates will be divided into workshop groups of no more than 10, plus a menopause expert. The group format will allow you to ask questions and discuss a variety of related clinical scenarios. This helps to apply the learning to practice and make sure you really understand.
The course will explain the evidence base and encourage a reflective and pragmatic approach using the format of interactive lectures followed immediately by a workshop on that subject. It will enhance the practice and clinical confidence of doctors and non-medical prescribers who are currently working in a setting that provides women’s health clinical advice. There will be discussions calling on your experience, and our advice is to join this course when working in this environment and not before.
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 covers the knowledge criteria of the new FSRH Menopause Care Professional Certificate (MCPC). Completion of the certificate will equip you to provide leadership within a practice/PCN, or work within an existing menopause service.
If you are inspired to do more, extended training can lead to a FSRH Menopause Care Professional Diploma (MCPD). This will require further experience and assessment at a higher level to accredit competence to provide expert advice or lead a specialist menopause service.
Dr Sarah Gray
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 FSRH Menopause Care Principle Trainer. Dr Gray will be joined by experienced clinicians to deliver this two day course.
Dr Louise Price
GPwSI Gynaecology, Bath
Louise is a GP with a special interest in gynaecology based near Bath. She has almost 20 years clinical experience most of which has centred around women’s health. She initially trained in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, later changing to general practice to gain a better work life balance.
She currently spends her clinical time doing 2 days a week general practice and 1 day a week general gynaecology in secondary care. Her main area of interest is Menopause and she is currently completing her advanced special skills module which will enable her to work as a menopause specialist.
She is a board member of the Primary Care Women’s Health Forum.
Dr Lindsey Thomas
GP and Menopause Specialist, Sheffield
Lindsey graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2000 and early on decided to pursue a career in General Practice. After completing her training, including working in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. She became a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners in 2004.
She has worked as a GP for the last 16 years, in a large inner city practice in Sheffield, where much of her time has been spent working in women’s and sexual health. She developed a specialist interest in the menopause, after witnessing many patients, and friends, struggling during this stage in life. She is a registered British Menopause Society Specialist, with their highest level of training; the Advanced Certificate.
She is also an Accredited Menopause Trainer, helping others to develop a specialism in this area. She has developed an interest in women with an earlier onset of menopause but enjoys all aspects of menopause care.
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What is the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) Menopause Care Professional Certificate?
The Menopause Care Professional Certificate (MCPC) is aimed at healthcare professionals who work in the field of women’s health. The MCPC contains knowledge criteria that candidates must know before completion of the certificate. This theory course covers all the knowledge criteria required.
If you are inspired to do more, the FSRH has recently launched a Menopause Care Professional Diploma (MCPD) for those aiming to lead a menopause service and receive complex referrals. This will require further experience and assessment at a higher level to accredit competence to provide expert advice or lead a specialist menopause service.
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Sarah has worked and provided a professional lead role within the rural setting of Cornwall since 1992. She ran a specialist level NHS menopause referral clinic for 15 years until this was decommissioned to save funding costs in 2016. She now leads a team who provides primary care and specialist women’s health in the independent sector.
Sarah sat on the British Menopause Society Council for 10 years and was one of the joint working party, with the FSRH, who developed the Menopause Certificate in 2003. She has been involved ever since. She was one of only two GPs developing initial NICE CG44 guidance and Quality Standards for Heavy Menstrual Bleeding.
Sarah champions the need for education for health care professionals and is an executive director of the Primary Care Women’s Health Forum. Her most recent textbook chapter was published in July 2020.