Many healthcare professionals in primary and secondary care have an interest in menopause.
A menopause specialist is a healthcare professional with a special interest in menopause demonstrating expertise in managing more complex cases and receiving external referrals.
BMS Menopause Specialist definition
A BMS Menopause Specialist is defined as a healthcare professional who:
- has been awarded the BMS Advanced Certificate in the Principles and Practice of Menopause Care;
- has been awarded the Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) advanced certificate in menopause care;
- has completed the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (RCOG)/BMS advanced training skills module (ATSM) in menopause care; or
- has completed an equivalent qualification (e.g. the menopause and premature ovarian insufficiency module of the subspecialty training programme in reproductive medicine)
- is a member of the British Menopause Society;
- attends a national (BMS) or international (e.g. International Menopause Society, European Menopause and Andropause Society) menopause society scientific conference at least once every three years;
Conference component for BMS menopause specialists
The 2020 BMS scientific conference was cancelled this year because of the Covid-19 epidemic. Therefore, for one year only, attendance at the virtual WHC 30th Annual Symposium counts as the national/international conference component for those applying to become a BMS Menopause Specialist or to re-certificate.
- provides a minimum of 100 menopause related consultations per year, of which at least 50 are new; and
- is responsible for ensuring that the specialism is documented in their job plan and is discussed and recorded at their annual appraisal in the UK or Ireland.
BMS Menopause Trainers
BMS Menopause Specialists are eligible to apply to become BMS Menopause Trainers.
Applying for recognition
Complete the online application and attach your CV and evidence of training. Successful applicants will be sent a certificate. If there is any uncertainty as to whether or not criteria are met, the application will be reviewed by the BMS Medical Advisory Council. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis and at their discretion.
Recertification is required every three years, when Specialists will be asked to confirm that they still fulfil the criteria.