A BMS recognised Menopause Specialist is different from the many healthcare professionals in secondary and primary care who have an interest in menopause; this interest would be expected to be discussed/developed through personal development, local service need and annual appraisal. As such, should not need to be “policed” through BMS.

A Menopause Specialist in the UK is defined as a healthcare professional who has obtained the BMS/FSRH Advanced Menopause Certificate, or completed the RCOG/BMS  ATSM in Menopause Care (or equivalent, eg the menopause and premature ovarian failure module of the subspeciality training programme in reproductive medicine) and who:

  • is a member of the British Menopause Society  (BMS)
  • attends a National (BMS) or International Menopause Society (IMS, EMAS) conference at least once every 2 years
  • provides at least 100  menopause related consultations per year, of which at least 50 are new
  • has the responsibility documented as part of their job plan and discussed at their annual appraisal.
‘Grandfather clause’

A healthcare professional, who has been practising at Specialist level* for at least 10 years but does not have a certificate or completed ATSM as above, can be an approved Menopause Specialist if he/she:

  • is a member of a the British Menopause Society (BMS)
  • attends a National (BMS) or International Menopause Society conference at least once every 2 years
  • provides at least 100 new menopause related consultations per year, of which at least 50 are new
  • has the responsibility documented as part of their job plan and discussed at their annual appraisal.

It would remain the responsibility of the specialist to practice within their own areas of expertise and to seek further advice from other relevant specialists as required.

* To have been practising at Specialist level you would be expected to:

  • Receive referrals from both primary and secondary care from within and sometimes from outwith your region
  • See patients with complex needs and comorbidities including Premature Ovarian Insufficiency, previous cancer and cardiovascular problems
  • Be able to provide evidence of case mix.

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 case will be discussed 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.

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