Many healthcare professionals in secondary and primary 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.
Menopause Specialist definition
A menopause specialist in the UK is defined as a healthcare professional who has obtained the Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) / British Menopause Society (BMS) advanced certificate in menopause care, or completed the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (RCOG) /BMS advanced training skills module (ATSM) in menopause care (or equivalent, eg the menopause and premature ovarian insufficiency module of the subspecialty training programme in reproductive medicine) and who:
- is a member of the British Menopause Society
- attends a national (BMS) or international menopause society (eg International Menopause Society, European Menopause and Andropause Society) conference at least once every 3 years
- provides a minimum of 100 menopause related consultations per year, of which at least 50 are new
- is responsible for ensuring that the specialism is documented in their job plan and is discussed and recorded at their annual appraisal.
Until 1 December 2017, applications for certification may also be made under the ‘Grandfather clause’. These may be made by healthcare professionals who fulfil the above four requirements, have been practising at specialist level for at least 10 years, but do not have an advanced certificate and/or have not completed the ATSM.
To have been practising at a specialist level you would be expected to:
- receive referrals from both primary and secondary care from within and sometimes from outside your region
- see patients with complex needs and comorbidities including premature ovarian insufficiency (POI), previous cancer and cardiovascular problems
- be able to provide evidence of case mix.
It would remain the responsibility of the specialist to practise within their own areas of expertise and to seek further advice from other relevant specialists as required.
Applying for certification
Complete the online application and attach your CV. Successful applicants will be sent a certificate. If there is any uncertainty as to whether or not criteria are met, the application will be discussed and confirmed by the BMS Medical Advisory Council.
It is expected that recertification will be required every three years, when Specialists will be asked to confirm that they still fulfil the criteria.
For more information go to www.fsrh.org.