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Study Week Modules 2021


Study Week Modules

  • Creating Modern Families

    Alka Prakash, Module Lead

    More people than ever before are creating families using donor gametes. This is a very important part of fertility provision and often captures public imaginations due to limited availability and regulatory provision around the use of donor gametes. This study day aims to highlight the complexities of modern families including the regulatory changes that have led to the evolution of such treatments. It also highlights the clinical and legal aspects associated with creating such families, the importance of counselling and some commonly encountered issues. It would benefit any staff (doctors and fertility nurse specialists) involved in providing or planning to provide this service. This study day is available as a BFS Certificated Module.


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  • Embryo Transfer & IUI

    Deborah Evans, Module Lead

    The Embryo Transfer and IUI Study Day provides a theoretical platform to develop your knowledge base in this area of fertility. We have a comprehensive program with lectures provided by some of the most respected and knowledgeable clinicians and embryologists within the UK. They will share their expertise and experiences within their area of speciality.

    The Study Day is open to clinicians, nurses, embryologists  and any other related discipline who would benefit from this educational event

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  • Fertility Preservation

    Melanie Davies, Module Lead

    As cancer treatments continue to improve, the prospect of long-term survival and cure is becoming ever more a reality. Infertility is the commonest long-term adverse effect of cancer treatment. Consequently fertility preservation in cancer survivors is becoming an increasingly important aspect of our daily clinical practice. This study day will address this important area crossing the boundaries between the various disciplines involved, with talks from Clinicians, Nurses and Scientists both in the fields of Reproductive Medicine and Oncology. The course will cover the effect of cancer treatment on fertility, approaches for male and female fertility preservation, as well as the ins and outs of setting up and managing an effective fertility preservation programme.

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  • GP Study Day

    Ally Richardson and Steve Davies, Module Leads

    One in six couples struggle to conceive.  This can have a profound impact on their biological, psychological and social well-being.  Half of these couples will often achieve a pregnancy with relatively simple advice that can quite easily be provided by their GP.  Although the remainder will require some form of intervention or treatment offered by secondary or tertiary care providers, their journey begins in primary care and it is likely that they will maintain a relationship with their GP throughout the process.  This study day aims to equip motivated GPs and GP trainees with the knowledge, skills and attributes required to be able to effectively manage these couples.

    The programme will focus on how to differentiate couples that can (at least initially) be conservatively managed in primary care (and how to effectively do this), from those that warrant an earlier referral to secondary care.  It will include advice on what investigations are useful and how to interpret the results.  The programme will include a brief summary of the different fertility treatments available including ovulation induction and intrauterine insemination as well as more advanced reproductive treatments including IVF and ICSI and the risks and complications associated with these, including what to do when fertility treatments fail.  Finally, there are sessions on more recent fertility developments including pre-implantation genetic testing and fertility preservation.

    All of these presentations have been specifically tailored to the target audience and are provided by speakers who are enthusiastic and experts in their field.

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  • Male Fertility

    Marc Lucky, Module Lead

    Male fertility problems are extremely common, but many fertility practitioners understandably lack experience and confidence in dealing with them. This popular course aims to improve the knowledge base and skills of Fertility Practitioners who work with men. The talks, which cover all aspects of male fertility, are given by leading UK / International Figures and the course has received excellent feedback, particularly in terms of addressing learning requirements. This course is suitable for Reproductive Physicians, Urologists, Fertility Nurses and Clinical Scientists –in fact anyone who deals with male patients.


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  • Nursing Study Day

    Jane Denton, Module Lead

    This study day will take place as live virtual event on Wednesday 16th June from 10:00 – 13:30.  

    It will also be available as a recorded module until 30 December 2021 however registrants are encouraged to attend the live virtual event, and to take part in the discussion sessions.

    The study day is designed to help fertility nurses review their personal career pathway and contribute to their re-validation and the development of knowledge and expertise.

    Fertility nurses at every level of practice will benefit from the day. Nurses with a longer career in fertility will be most welcome as it is an important opportunity to share experiences with newer fertility nurses and colleagues and shape the future of this specialist area of practice.

    Talks will focus on the RCN Education & Career Progression Framework for Fertility Nursing, developing your career and the importance of nurse-led research.

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  • Pelvic Ultrasound

    Ippokratis Sarris, Module Lead

    Ultrasound is an essential tool in the investigation and management of women with fertility problems. Delegates attending the course will gain a comprehensive overview, starting with basic principles through to advanced techniques, of how to use and optimize ultrasound as a tool essential in the practise of reproductive medicine and fertility. Delegates will understand how to best use 2D, 3D and Doppler modes to extract relevant information for the diagnosis and management of fertility problems and treatment cycles. Delegates will also learn how ultrasound
    can be used to perform diagnostic and operative procedures relevant to fertility. This course represents the mandatory Study Day for the BFS certification module in Pelvic Ultrasound.

    Target audience
    • Trainees currently registered, or considering completion of the BFS certification module in Pelvic Ultrasound
    • All trainees wishing to acquire gynaecological ultrasound skills targeted specifically to fertility assessment
    • Practising gynaecologists, nurses and allied health professional who wish to improve their fertility scanning skills

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  • PGT

    Tarek El-Toukhy, Module Lead

    This study day aims to give information on providing PGT as part of a  multidisciplinary service delivered by genetic and ART specialists. It will allow attendees to appreciate the burden of genetic disorders and their mode of inheritance whilst acquiring the latest knowledge on reproductive options for couples who are at risk of having a child affected by a genetic disorder. It will also discuss the application of PGS as an option to patients seeking treatment and its advantages and disadvantages. The session aims to ensure an understanding of the typical clinical pathway of PGT, and how regulation works in the UK, appreciate the embryology lab processes required , to familiarise attendees with the latest genetic diagnostic technologies and clinical scenarios will also be presented. This study day will be of interest to ATSM candidates, Consultants, ART specialists, Nurses, Embryologists and Counsellors.

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  • PR - Effective Fertility Services

    Mostafa Metwally (BFS) & Rachel Cutting (HFEA) – Module Leads

    This joint BFS/HFEA course will cover all aspects of developing and running an effective fertility service as well as help you gain a firm understanding of the legislation and quality management issues essential for running a high-quality fertility service.

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