Study Week Modules 2024

STUDY WEEK 2024

Study Week will take place 16th – 19th September.

Millennium Gloucester Hotel, London, SW7 4LH.

 

Why take part in 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.


Study Week Modules

Creating Modern Families – 17th September

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.

Embryo Transfer & IUI – 18th & 19th September

The Embryo Transfer and IUI Study Days provides a theoretical platform to develop your knowledge base in this area of fertility. We have a comprehensive  programme with lectures (based on current evidence base) 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.

This course enables hands on practical training on simulators aimed to enhance skills. In addition, to the routine clinical procedures, this course also highlights the transmyometrial embryo transfer technique This course provides an unique opportunity to observe the procedure of embryo loading before the embryo transfer.

This course is open to clinicians, nurses, embryologists or any personnel who are keen on exploring the clinical aspects of ART.

Fertility Preservation – 18th & 19th September

In recent years, the landscape of fertility preservation services has undergone significant evolution, extending beyond patients with cancer diagnoses to encompass various other groups, including those with benign conditions, genetic concerns, elective non-medical indications, and transgender individuals. This study day aims to explore this vital area, bridging the gaps between different disciplines involved. The event will feature talks from clinicians, nurses, and scientists specializing in reproductive medicine, oncology, and surgery. Topics covered will include the epidemiology of cancer in reproductive-age patients, an overview of modern cancer treatments and chemotherapy regimens, the impact of cancer treatments on fertility, strategies for male and female fertility preservation, and the establishment and management of effective fertility preservation programs. Leading experts in the field will present the latest developments and insights into ovarian stimulation, ovarian and testicular tissue preservation, uterine transplantation, and other aspects of modern fertility preservation practices.

GP Study Day (online only)

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.

Male Fertility – 17th September

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.

Nursing Study Day (online only)

The nursing study day is tailored for nurses and allied healthcare professionals. This online event is a deep dive into the art of providing and receiving emotional care within the fertility setting.

Our line up of speakers bring a wealth of expertise covering an array of crucial topics. We’ll be exploring strategies for supporting Male Patients, navigating Baby Loss Support, reflecting on the application of the FertiQol tool as well as delving into the importance of peer support and self care.

Whether you’re an experienced fertility nurse or a healthcare professional looking to enhance your skills in emotional care, this study day offers an opportunity for professional growth and development. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to expand your knowledge and make an impact in the live of couples and individuals navigating fertility challenges.

PGT – 18th September

This study day aims to give information on providing Preimplantation genetic testing (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 PGT-A (testing for aneuploidy) as an embryo selection option to patients seeking treatment and its advantages and disadvantages. Carrier screening and genetic advice will also be discussed. The session aims to ensure an understanding of the typical clinical pathway of PGT, how regulation works in the UK, appreciate the embryology lab processes required, explain the latest genetic diagnostic technologies and discuss complex clinical scenarios. This study day will be of interest to ATSM candidates, Consultants, ART specialists, Nurses, Embryologists, clinical geneticists and Genetic Counsellors.

Challenges in managing a successful fertility service – 16th September

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.

Ultrasonography in Fertility – 16th & 17th September

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. These Study Days represent the mandatory Course 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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