Posted on 03/16/2017 in Business

BFS Study Week

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British Fertility Society Study Week

BFS Study Days


Each BFS Study Day is run on an annual basis. The BFS and RCOG have 2 joint courses (usually in April) called ‘Subfertility & Reproductive Endocrinology and Assisted Conception’. The Subfertility & Reproductive Endocrinology course corresponds to the Management of the Infertile Couple certification module. Registration for the Subfertility meeting is managed by the RCOG. If you are planning on participating in the BFS certification training then early registration is recommended for the Study Days as some places are limited. Registration for the BFS Study Week opens in December for the following June. Certificates of attendance from the Study Days are required for final certification. These should be emailed to delegates following their completion of the post event evaluation survey. If you have not received this please contact the BFS Office for assistance. Members applying for certification training who have attended a BFS Study Day earlier than the previous year should please note that certificates of attendance for these historic events will no longer be valid for completion of the certification module. Trainees will need to attend the next available Study Day to ensure that they have had access to the most up to date theoretical training.

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This year we offer an expert line up of speakers across 8 specialized modules which include 2 new study days, ensuring you receive quality training, whatever your field or stage of career. As part of the Effective Fertility Services module we include the popular sessions on Statistics and Breaking Bad News, in collaboration with our friends at ACE.

New Study days include:

PGD PGS, which will aim to update embryologists, clinicians, nurses and counsellors on the current status, in collaboration with our friends at ACE. The Nurses Study day which brings together specialists, practitioners and experts, with sessions on education, ART stimulation regimes, communication, abstract writing and presentation skills along with interactive case studies and more.

Who should attend Study Week?

Clinicians, Scientists, Fertility Nurses, Urologists, Embryologists, Gynaecologists, Reproductive Physicians,

Managers, Administrators, and those in the field of Oncology and other allied health professionals

Study Week modules will be of interest to those already registered, or considering to undergo the BFS Module Certification.  Find out more about BFS certification and apply.

Study Week Modules

(1) “Effective Fertility Services”: 21–22 June 2017 (2 Days) in association with ACE [The Association of Clinical Embryologists]. 

Whether or not you are directly responsible for quality within your clinic, this module will help you understand the requirements to deliver the best professional service to your patients efficiently. Effective Fertility Services has proved a popular and informative course for Clinicians, Nurses, Scientists as well as Managers and Administrators across the two days. It provides rounded appraisals of the issues affecting Clinicians and Clinics in delivering quality care. It also aims to help you understand the regulatory, managerial and commercial aspects of delivering a quality service and supports Clinicians in preparing for the rigour of providing an Effective Fertility Service.

(2) Embryo Transfer & IUI: 21 June 2017 (1 day)

The Embryo Transfer and IUI Study Day provides a theoretical platform to develop your knowledge base and an opportunity to have practical experience in this area of fertility. We have a comprehensive program with lectures provided by some of the most respected and knowledgeable clinicians and embryologist within the UK. They will share their expertise and experiences within their area of specialty. The Study Day is open to clinicians, nurses, embryologist and any other related discipline who would benefit from this educational event

(3) Male Fertility: 19 June 2017 (1 day)

Male fertility problems are extremely common, but many fertility practitioners understandably lack experience and confidence in dealing with them. This popular course, now in its fourth year and linked to a BFS Training Module, aims to improve the knowledge base and skills of Fertility Practitioners who work with men. The talks, which cover all aspects of male fertility, are given by leading UK / International Figures and the course has received excellent feedback, particularly in terms of addressing learning requirements. This course is suitable for Reproductive Physicians, Urologists, Fertility Nurses and Clinical Scientists –in fact anyone who deals with male patients.

(4) Modern Families: 22 June 2017 (1 day)

More people than ever before are creating families using donor gametes. This is a very important part of fertility provision and often captures public imaginations due to limited availability and regulatory provision around the use of donor gametes. This study day is aimed to highlight the complexities of modern families including the regulatory changes that have led to the evolution of such treatments. It also highlights the clinical and legal aspects associated with creating such families, the importance of counselling and some commonly encountered issues. It would benefit any staff (doctors and fertility nurse specialists) involved in providing or planning to provide this service.

(5) Nurses Study Day: 21 June 2017 (1 day)

This study day brings together nurse specialists, practitioners and experts to enable you to update your clinical knowledge, communication skills and more. The session’s objectives are to enable attendees to further their fertility nursing education, gain updates on legal issues, also covering the role of the fertility nurse and ART stimulation regimes. Through both interactive case study discussions and afternoon workshops, attendees will gain further understanding on the complex issues around patient management and communication skills, for example, breaking bad news, other difficult scenarios and ethical and moral dilemmas. In workshops, nurses will also consider ways in which they can participate in or lead research and quality improvement projects in their clinical setting, such as how to identify potential projects, write proposals, seek funding and scholarly output, such as abstracts, posters and manuscripts.

(6) Pelvic Ultrasound: 19–20 June 2017 (2 days)

Ultrasound is an essential tool in the investigation and management of women with fertility problems. Attendees will gain a comprehensive overview, starting with basic principles through to advanced techniques, of how to use and optimize ultrasound as a tool essential in the practice of reproductive medicine and fertility. Attendees will also gain an understanding in how to best use 2D, 3D and Doppler modes to extract relevant information for the diagnosis and management of fertility problems and treatment cycles. This session also ensures attendees learn how ultrasound can be used to perform diagnostic and operative procedures relevant to fertility. This course represents the mandatory Study Day for the BFS certification module in Pelvic Ultrasound. This session will be of interest to trainees currently registered, or considering, to undergo completion of the BFS certification module in Pelvic Ultrasound, all trainees wishing to acquire gynaecological ultrasound skills targeted specifically to fertility assessment, practicing gynaecologists, nurses and allied health professionals who wish to improve their fertility scanning skills.

(7) PGD PGS: 20 June 2017 (1 Day)

This study day aims to give information on providing PGD as part of a  multidisciplinary service delivered by genetic and ART specialists. It will allow attendees to appreciate the burden of genetic disorders and their mode of inheritance whilst acquiring the latest knowledge on reproductive options for couples who are at risk of having a child affected by a genetic disorder. It will also discuss the application of PGS as an option to patients seeking treatment and its advantages and disadvantages. The session aims to ensure an understanding of the typical clinical pathway of PGD and PGS, how both are regulated in the UK, appreciate the embryology lab processes required , to familiarise attendees with the latest genetic diagnostic technologies and clinical scenarios will also be presented. This study day will be of interest to ATSM candidates, Consultants, ART specialists, Nurses, Embryologists and Counsellors.

(8) Preserving Fertility in Cancer: 22 June 2017 (1 day)

With continuous improvement in the management of various types of cancer, the prospect of long-term survival and cure is becoming ever more a reality. Consequently fertility preservation in cancer survivors is becoming an increasingly important aspect of our daily clinical practice. This study day will address this important area crossing the boundaries between the various disciplines involved, with talks from Clinicians, Nurses and Scientists both in the fields of Reproductive Medicine and Oncology. The course will cover the effect of cancer treatment on fertility, approaches for male and female fertility preservation, as well as the ins and outs of setting up and managing an effective fertility preservation programme.

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Contact information: 

The BFS Secretariat [British Fertility Society Secretariat]

British Fertility Society Secretariat,

Boston House, 69 – 75 Boston Manor Road,

Brentford, Middlesex, TW8 9JJ

Tel: 020 3725 5849


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