This Master’s degree is delivered in partnership with Liverpool Women’s Hospital and bridges the theory of fertility and assisted conception with the practice related to assessment, investigation and treatment of the infertile/subfertile couple. The programme is designed to ensure you will be able to plan and implement a treatment pathway for infertile couples, with opportunities to focus on areas such as ultrasound scanning for reproductive medicine, embryo transfer, oocyte retrieval and clinical andrology. There are practice competencies to achieve that will allow you to develop and enhance your clinical skills, underpinned by exploration of the evidence base that supports fertility practice. The overall aim is to ensure that on completion of the programme you will meet and exceed the standards of an advance practitioner in fertility and assisted conception.
WHAT WILL I STUDY?
You will study the clinical assessment and diagnostics that relate to practice within assisted conception. Modules cover topics centred round the anatomy, physiology and pathology of the male and female reproductive systems, alongside therapeutic and pharmacological interventions aimed at assisting conception and the medico-legal aspects of fertility practice.
You will be able to choose from a range of clinical practice modules which are designed to develop specific clinical skills relating to embryo transfer, oocyte retrieval and ultrasound scanning in reproductive medicine. In addition, you may choose to complete a non-medical prescribing module or undertake negotiated learning around a specific topic of interest within reproductive medicine.
An introduction to research methods and approaches will engage you with the evidence base that supports practice and prepare you for the final dissertation. This is an advanced practice project that allows you to make use of your newly developed skills and immerse yourself in a specific area of fertility practice.
HOW WILL I STUDY?
The theoretical component of the course is delivered 50% online (via the virtual learning environment) and 50% through attendance at taught sessions at Liverpool Women’s Hospital and Edge Hill University
The taught sessions typically run on Saturdays so that attendance can be incorporated with clinical work. Online delivery includes podcasts and lecturers by consultants working with reproductive medicine and also incorporates interactive sessions relating to anatomy, physiology and pathology.
Several modules contain practice competencies that need to be met so a significant amount of time for learning is allocated to this work in practice supported by a clinical mentor.
WHO WILL BE TEACHING ME?
The programme will be delivered by consultant gynaecologists, obstraticians and andrologists from the field of reproductive medicine, together with specialist nurses, councillors and sonographers.
HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
There are a range of practice competencies to be met in clinical practice. Also, case studies, reflections and presentations will be assessed to allow you to demonstrate your engagement with the evidence base that supports practice and the application of best practice guidance to your clinical work.
WHAT ARE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?
This programme will develop and enhance your skills and knowledge in reproductive medicine and is designed to provide a strong foundation to progress your career within this discipline.
The normal minimum requirement is a lower second-class honours degree in a health or social care related subject. You must be employed within a clinical environment that delivers reproductive medicine. You should also be registered as a professional with a regulatory body based in health care, such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council. A clinical mentor must be identified within this environment to support learning.