Many healthcare professionals in primary and secondary care have a special interest in menopause.
A menopause specialist is a healthcare professional who has additional knowledge and skills, assessing and treating women with complex needs such as multiple treatment failures, POI, complex medical problems, high risk cancer genes or hormone dependant cancer. They accept referrals of more complex patients and support colleagues to manage patients with higher risk factors or where there are multiple factors that affect decision making.
BMS menopause specialist definition
A BMS menopause specialist is a healthcare professional who holds a recognised menopause educational qualification:
- BMS Advanced Certificate in the Principles and Practice of Menopause Care;
- RCOG/BMS Advanced Training Skills Module (ATSM) in menopause care;
- FSRH Advanced Certificate in Menopause Care;
- FSRH Community Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare (CSRH) curriculum, obtaining the Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT), or reaching the equivalent standard as assessed by the GMC and awarded a CESR in CSRH; or
- an equivalent qualification (e.g. menopause and POI module of the subspecialty training programme in reproductive medicine)
- is a member of the British Menopause Society;
- attends a national or international menopause society scientific conference at least once every three years (e.g. BMS, IMS, EMAS);
- 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 specialist responsibilities
Recognised BMS menopause specialists are expected to:
- adhere to national guidance, e.g. NICE Guideline: Diagnosis and Management of the Menopause (NG23)
- adhere to BMS recommendations and guidance for practice and prescribing, e.g. BMS consensus statements on HRT in menopausal women and bioidentical HRT
- provide local menopause education
- engage with multidisciplinary teams across specialties with development of local pathways, formularies and guidelines.
BMS Menopause Trainers
All BMS menopause specialists are encouraged to apply to become BMS Menopause Trainers.
The BMS Principles and Practice of Menopause Care (PPMC) training programme has been developed to address the increased demand for menopause education and it is critical that sufficient BMS menopause trainers are registered to enable the fulfilment of the programme.