Diagnostic Hysteroscopy and Therapeutic Management
Attendance mode: Part-time
Award: PG Certificate
Start date: September intake
Faculty of Health Studies
This programme develops the multi-professional (i.e. RN, ODP, GP) in order to practice and lead a 'see and treat service'.
Students will develop interpersonal skills whilst extending their scope of practice. The programme expands knowledge of relevant gynaecological anatomy and physiology, co-pathologies and the empirical evidence base to enable the safe diagnosis and management of women with abnormal uterine bleeding.
The programme aims to enable students to master clinical skills in all aspects of hysteroscopic examination, including clinical reasoning, differential diagnosis and insertions and removals of IUS/IUDs, within an outpatient hysteroscopy setting.
I was a gynaecology cancer nurse specialist and clinic nurse in gynaecology outpatients before my studies. This was an intense course but the content was well taught and the support I received allowed me to get the most out of my learning. I'm currently working in York Teaching Hospital as a nurse hysteroscopist and colposcopist. If you are given the chance to do this programme you should grab it with both hands!
The University of Bradford is the sole provider of this programme, and is supported by the British Society of Gynaecology Endoscopy (a branch of the RCOG).
- Be a registered practitioner on either the NMC (level one) or GMC register, and in current practice
- Hold a degree or have evidence of recent study at a minimum of level 6
- Be working in a gynaecology service, with agreed access to Outpatient Hysteroscopy clinics, and a BSGE trainer
- Have approval from your line manager, and will need to complete a placement self-audit prior to an offer being made
- Become a member of the BSGE upon entry to the module / programme
The following documents should be submitted with an application:
- A copy of your highest qualification
- A copy of either your passport or birth certificate
- If you are applying for funding through Health Education Yorkshire and Humber you will also need to submit a SSPRD Funding Form
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Learning activities and assessment
The programme covers the following topics:
- Revision of the normal anatomy and physiology of the female reproductive system.
- The reproductive continuum from menarche to menopause, abnormal reproductive function including ovarian dysfunction, recurring pregnancy loss, anatomical abnormalities pre-malignancy and malignancy.
- Perimenopausal and postmenopausal women and associated pathological conditions.
- Decision making for treatment options with specific reference to the intra-uterine system, Evidence based practice, appropriate sources of literature and research critique.
- Models of reflection and reflective practice. medico legal and ethical aspects of professional practice including consent and litigation.
- Professional requirements of the BSGE.
- Communications with clients, colleagues and the multi-disciplinary team.
- Professional and personal factors associated with leading a nurse led service
- Pharmacology and application to specific pathologies.
- Policies, protocol and procedures.
- Protocols for specialist investigations and interpretation of same.
- Advanced Practice, Clinical governance and Clinical Effectiveness.
- Links between primary and secondary care and pathway development.
Assessments will include:
- Competency log book of up to 150 hysteroscopies
- Portfolio of case studies
- Audit Report
- Final assessment through OSCE
Career support and prospects
The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.
Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.
On completion of this programme you will have the skills to provide operative treatments in a "see and treat" outpatient hysteroscopy service as the lead nurse.
Past nurses have progressed to work as nurse consultants. They present at national conferences and have an active support network.
Fees, Finance and Scholarships
Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.
Funding for eligible staff within the region will be reviewed by Health Education England (HEE) in the coming months for the 2017/18 academic year. We advise all applicants to apply as normal for 2017/18 courses and further information will be provided as soon as it is available.
Students applying to study a Specialist Skills and Post Registration Development (SSPRD) module or programme, and who work for an approved provider in the Yorkshire and Humber region, may be able to access funding through Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber Contract for the cost of their course fees. This funding is subject to availability.
Students who wish to apply for the above funding will need to provide a funding letter from their employer (on a letterhead) confirming their employment in that organisation and that their employer supports their studies.
Alternatively, please complete one of the funding forms attaching a compliment slip or stamp to verify employer support as part of the application process:
Please be aware that employer support does not guarantee the availability of funding.
How do I find out more?
Steps to Postgraduate Study
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How to apply
The easiest way to apply is online.
- Apply for 2016/17 courses (September 2016 - July 2017 start dates)
- Apply for 2017/18 courses (September 2017 - July 2018 start dates)
This will help us process your application more quickly and allow you to submit your supporting documents electronically.
If you are unable to apply online, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a paper application form.
We will also need the following supporting documents, along with any other information specified on the course page:
- Degree certificates/transcripts
- Research proposal (if required)
- Two references (including one academic reference)
- Evidence of English language level (if required)
- A copy of your passport
Once you have applied you will have access to the University's Applicant Portal, where you can track the status of your application.
You should also start thinking about how you plan to fund your postgraduate study — you may need to apply for loans or grants at this stage.
Download the programme specification for Diagnostic Hysteroscopy and Therapeutic Management
This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.