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Study Week Modules 2022


Virtual Study Week will be accessible 23 June 2022 – 30 December 2022.

The modules can be completed at your leisure, in stages, in one sitting or revisited if required.


Why take part in virtual Study Week?

Study Week offers an impressive line-up of expert speakers covering 9 specialised modules, ensuring you receive quality training whatever your field or stage of your career.

BFS Module Certification

Study Week modules will be of interest to those already registered, or considering undertaking the BFS Module Certification.

BFS Membership benefits

If you are not already a BFS member, do consider joining as this ensures you can register for study days at discounted rates. As a member, you will also be able to enrol for the highly regarded BFS Training Modules that lead to certification, linked to many of the Study Days. For further information and application procedure please follow the link below:

Find out more about BFS certification and apply.


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.

    Speaker Session
    Alka Prakash Welcome from module lead
    James Barrett Fertility and gender reassignment
    Suzanne Dark The role of counselling in contemporary family creation
    Louisa Ghevaert Legal aspects of surrogacy
    Rhona Brown Patient Perspective
    Jan Grace Surrogacy (reasons for and outcomes)
    Jane Stewart  Eggs and Embryos: donation and sharing
    Alka Prakash  Treating single women and same sex female couples
    Rachel Cutting  Cross Border Fertility Care
    James Lawford Davies Regulation and legal aspects in the use of donor gametes
    Vasanti Jadva The changing face of the modern family
    Anya Sizer Moving from Fertility treatment to Adoption

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  • Embryo Transfer & IUI

    Srividya Seshadri, 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 together with one of the UK’s top medicolegal experts. 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.

    Speaker Session
    Srividya Seshadri Welcome from the module lead
    Guy Morris Structure of cervix, uterus and tubes
    Mollie McGrane Current trends in Embryo Selection
    Jackson Kirkman-Brown Aspects of Andrology
    Priya Bhide IUI Procedure
    Yadava Jeve Embryo Transfer Techniques
    Tommy Tang Optimising success rates including add-ons
    Stuart Lavery The IVF service of tomorrow
    James Nicopoullos ET IUI Procedures
    David Ogutu Controlled ovarian stimulation
    James Lawford Davies Medico-legal case discussion

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  • Fertility Preservation

    Julia Kopeika, 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 epidemiology of cancer in patients of reproductive age, overview of modern cancer treatments, chemotherapy regimens, 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.

    We are excited to have a NEW programme and are very grateful to many of our world renowned experts for sharing with us their knowledge and experience.

    Speakers Title of talk
    Julia Kopeika Welcome from module lead
    Robert Carr Epidemiology of cancers in the patients of reproductive age
    Mark Harries Overview on Chemotherapy Drugs
    Richard Anderson The effect of cancer treament on female fertility and an overview of female fertility preservation
    Gillian Lockwood Ooctye cryopreservation
    Dima El-Sharkawi Haematologist Perspectives: Update on modern Treatments for Lymphomas in patients of Reproductive Age
    Lynda Wyld Update on Breast cancer treatment and outcome
    Julia Kopeika Ovarian stimulation for fertility preservation
    Philippa Sangster Fertility Preservation in Male patients
    Christine Fotopoulou Surgical Methods of Fertility Preservation
    Michael von Wolff Experience of organising a Fertility Preservation Service and creating a network
    Valerie Peddie Provision of Fertility Preservation Services – NHS Scotland
    Melanie Davies Late effects of cancer treatment: subfertility, early menopause and the use of HRT
    Claus Andersen Ovarian tissue preservation

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  • GP Study Day

    Alison 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.

    Speakers Title of talk
    Alison Richardson & Stephen Davies Welcome from module leads
    Alison Richardson Fertility and Infertility
    Allan Pacey GP assessment of Male Fertility
    Kevin McEleny Urology and Fertility
    Susie Jacob Ovulatory dysfunction/PCOS
    Alison Richardson Ovarian reserve/POI
    Oli Donovan Tubal disorders including endometriosis
    Mostafa Metwally Fibroids and Fertility
    Stephen Davies GP management of infertility
    Fatima Husain Ethnic disparities in fertility treatment outcome – what can primary care do to help?
    Matt Prior OI, IUI, IVF and ICSI
    Ed Coats Risks and complications of ART
    Angela Pericleous-Smith What happens when IVF fails
    Maya Chetty Fertility preservation
    Ellissa Baskind Pre-Implantation Genetic Testing
    Raj Mathur Regulation and Funding of IVF

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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, linked to a BFS Training Module, 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.

    Speaker Session
    Marc Lucky Welcome from the module lead
    Kevin McEleny Male history, examination and investigation
    Asif Muneer Surgical sperm retrieval
    Ayo Kalejaiye The Male Reproductive tract and Male Sexual Function
    Marc Lucky Testicular causes of Male Infertility
    Allan Pacey Male Reproductive Physiology
    Bryan Woodward Tests of semen quality
    Miguel J Xavier The Genetics of Male Infertility
    Rowland Rees Varicocele and Post Testicular causes of male fertility
    Arie Parnham Testicular Cancer and Fertility
    Richard Quinton Pre-Testicular Problems

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  • Nursing Study Day

    Jane Denton and Yvonne Wedden, Module Leads

    This study day will take place as live virtual event on 22 June from 10:00 – 13:30.
    It will also be available as a recorded module until 30 December 2022 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.

    Based on the RCN Education & Career Progression Framework for Fertility Nursing, the programme includes progressing from novice to expert, nurse led research, fertility in the context of women’s health and a discussion on the future challenges for fertility nursing.

    Speakers Title of talk
    Jane Denton & Yvonne Wedden Welcome from module leads
    Francesca Steyn RCN Education and  training framework for fertility nursing: update in implementation.
    Niki Konsta Using the RCN Framework: a nurse manager’s experience.
    Kate Pleace Fertility nurses leading research
    Deb Panes Fertility in the context of women’s health
    Val Peddie From novice to expert
    Panel Discussion What are the future challenges for fertility nursing?

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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
    • 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

    Speaker Session
    Ippokratis Sarris Welcome from the module lead
    Gidon Lieberman HyCoSy / Hysterosonography
    Tommy Tang Early Pregnancy Scanning
    Mostafa Metwally Follicle Tracking/Endometrium Measuring
    Harish Bhandari Ultrasound Guided Procedures in Fertility Treatments
    Shyamaly Sur Pelvic Pathology
    Nazar Amso Transvaginal scanning: Anatomy, physiology and technique
    Neil Pugh Image Optimisation, Ultrasound Artefacts and Safety
    Geeta Nargund Diagnostic Ultrasound & Applications of Doppler
    Kanna Jayaprakasan 3D ultrasound

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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.

    Speaker Session
    Tarek El-Toukhy Welcome from the module lead
    Anne Lampe Introduction to genetic diseases, their mode of inheritance and their burden on health and reproduction
    Anne Lampe How does the HFEA regulate PGT?
    Yacoub Khalaf Reproductive options available to couples at risk
    Kathy Mann The current status of NIPT and prenatal diagnosis
    Tazeen Ashraf An introduction to PGT and expanded carrier screening
    Charlotte Tomlinson PGD counselling and clinical pathway
    Alpesh Doshi Embryology of PGT
    Roy Pascal Naja PGT diagnostic technologies
    Tarek El-Toukhy Clinical Assessment/preparation of PGT couples and factors that affect success and clinical results
    Emma Sowerby PGT Service Delivery Models Pitfalls and Trouble shooting in a Satellite PGT service
    Alison Lashwood Training in PGT – the who and the how
    Bulent Urman What is the Role of PGT-A in an evidence-based IVF practice?

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  • PR - Effective Fertility Services

    Mostafa Metwally and Rachel Cutting, 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. The course provides the basis for recognition and registration as a PR by the HFEA.

    Speaker Session
    Mostafa Metwally & Rachel Cutting Welcome from the module leads
    Dave Wales Quality Management and You
    Jane Stewart The role of the PR
    Louise Winstone Dealing with incidents-Legal requirements: the duty of the PR on what, when and how to report incidents
    Raj Mathur Dealing with incidents: Case reports from a clinical practice
    Tom Bamber Leadership styles and workplace culture: leading a multidisciplinary Fertility team, challenges and solutions
    Rachel Cutting HFEA overview of inspection and compliance in UK fertility clinics
    Chris White Developing a service and business planning
    Kate Brian What do patients, partners and donors think and want?
    Chris White The UK fertility market and commissioning
    Andrew Leonard, Jason Kasraie Top tips for inspection
    Joanne Anton The fundamentals: Consent and the Law
    *This talk to follow in August 2022
    Ruth Wilde Supporting patients


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