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.
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).
-Outpatient Diagnostic Hysteroscopy and Diagnostic Service Development
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
-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.