The BMS Principles and Practice of Menopause Care (PPMC) training programme comprises progressive theory and practical training components that lead to a qualification in menopause care. It is designed for doctors, nurses and pharmacists working in menopause care, including those engaged in community, primary and secondary care. Trainees must be registered with the GMC/NMC/GPhC and hold current BMS membership.

The BMS Certificate in the Principles and Practice of Menopause Care is an appropriate qualification for doctors and nurses who undertake menopause consultations in general practice, including NHS and private clinics and who wish to utilise their knowledge and skills in menopause care. They will need support/advice for management of complex cases. It is also suitable for pharmacists (both clinical and independent prescribers).

The BMS Advanced Certificate in the Principles and Practice of Menopause Care is designed for doctors, independent nurse prescribers and pharmacist independent prescribers to provide specialist menopause care including the management of complex cases and who may have career ambitions to lead a service. This includes healthcare professionals working in hospital and community menopause services, GPs with an extended role in menopause (GPwER), and those leading menopause services in private healthcare organisations.

Trainees awarded the Advanced Certificate are eligible to become a BMS Menopause Specialist.

View the competency-based PPMC curriculum (PDF, 515KB).

Apply for the PPMC training programme

1. Complete a recognised menopause course: either a BMS Principles & Practice of Menopause Care course or the RCOG/BMS Post Reproductive Health Meeting. Information about courses is available in the BMS education calendar.

2. Secure a BMS Menopause Trainer to supervise training and sign off the ePortfolio and agree a provisional start date for training: a register of BMS Menopause Trainers is available from the BMS office, on request.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about many challenges. Hospitals and trusts have either suspended menopause services completely, or service has been intermittent, and menopause training has been limited in recent months.

COVID has also presented opportunities however. It has brought about changes in the provision of education as we consider ways to deliver teaching and learning remotely. As a result, trainees will not necessarily need to be in close geographic proximity to their trainer to participate in training/consultations – some may be undertaken via telephone or video, at the trainer’s discretion.

It is suggested that those interested in training contact the trainer(s) that they may be interested in working with to ask what training is currently being offered and to find out about possible start dates and waiting lists.

3. Apply for training via the BMS website and pay the £85 administration fee
Trainees will be provided with unique log-in details to the BMS PPMC ePortfolio. They will be linked to their BMS Menopause Trainer in the ePortfolio so that they can work together to review the competencies in the curriculum and complete the various forms.

It is well recognised that there is currently a shortage of trainers to meet the demand for menopause training and this is something that the BMS is working to address.

All BMS Menopause Specialists are encouraged to apply to become trainers, and all current RCOG and FSRH menopause trainers will be cross-recognised, to ensure that there are as many trainers available as possible to facilitate PPMC training. It is also believed that once training recommences fully, the continued use of telephone and video consultations will increase training capacity and availability.

If you have any queries about the PPMC training programme please refer to our answers to Frequently Asked Questions or email ppmcsupport@bms-whc.org.uk.

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