About this event

  • Date and time Thu 7 Oct 2021 from 9:30am to 7 Oct 2021 at 4:45pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Sexuality and Sexual Health Section, British Society of Abortion Care Providers

This webinar will provide information about undergraduate and postgraduate training, safeguarding women, and update abortion care providers on approaches to care for clinicians as well as service users. 

Speakers include Dr Helen Garr, Medical Director Designate at NHS Practitioner Health and General Practitioner (UK)Dr Jayne Kavanagh, Associate Clinical Professor in Medical Education (UK), Dr Laura MacIsaac, Professor and Associate Director of Fellowship in Complex Family Planning (USA), and Dr Rebecca McKay, Consultant in Obstetrics & Gynaecology and FSRH Abortion Module Guardian (UK).

Abortion care has been evolving rapidly in recent years and this webinar will address the importance of training and best practice to formalise this at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. 

Participants will also learn about how to ensure self-care and care of colleagues. 

This is a joint webinar between the RSM Sexuality and Sexual Health Section and the British Society of Abortion Care Providers (BSACP).

During this webinar attendees will learn about: 

  • The new Special Skills Module (SSM) in Abortion Care 
  • Effective approaches to undergraduate teaching 
  • The new UK Service Specifications for Abortion Care 
  • The value of the clinician and service user relationship 
  • The importance of safeguarding  
  • Prudent use of ultrasound in abortion care 

Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting.

We would like to thank our sponsors British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), Gedeon Richter, MSI Reproductive Choices, National Unplanned Pregnancy Advisory Service (NUPAS), Quadratech Diagnostics Ltd and Robinson Healthcare Ltd for their support of this webinar. 

Please note that the scientific programme and content has not been influenced in any way by the sponsors.

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Key speakers

Dr Helen Garr

Dr Helen Garr

GP and Medical Director Designate at NHS Practitioner Health and General Practitioner, Nottingham, UK

Speaker's biography

Dr Helen Garr is a General Practitioner (GP) working in Nottingham with a keen interest and extensive experience in mental health and wellbeing. 

She is passionate about supporting the wellbeing of health care professionals and has worked as a Clinician and Clinical Lead of the National GP Health Service since its beginning and is known for her down to earth, caring and empathetic approach.

She has a background in psychology and nursing prior to qualifying in medicine from the University of Leicester and utilises her psychology interest to underpin her work as a coach and mentor for doctors. 

Helen is a Public Health England Clinical Champion for physical activity and a Director of the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine. She is a recognised leader in the field of health care professional wellbeing and regularly delivers national keynote speeches and runs successful wellbeing and burnout workshops. She is also Nottinghamshire LMC Wellbeing lead and sits on the RCGP National Wellbeing Working Group and BMA Wellbeing Stakeholders Committee. 

Jayne Kavanagh

Dr Jayne Kavanagh 

Associate Clinical Professor in Medical Education, UCL Medical School, Royal Free Hospital, London, UK 

 

Speaker's biography

Dr Jayne Kavanagh is Associate Professor (Teaching) at UCL Medical School and a sexual and reproductive health specialty doctor in London. She is clinical education lead of the RCOG’s Making Abortion Safe programme and co-chairs Doctors for Choice UK. In 2021 she co-founded the charity Abortion Talk.

Laura MacIsaac

Dr Laura MacIsaac 

Professor and Associate Director of Fellowship in Complex Family Planning, Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, USA

Speaker's biography

Dr Laura MacIsaac received her undergraduate degree from Columbia University, a medical degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, residency in Obstetrics/Gynecology at Columbia University Presbyterian Hospital, fellowship in Family Planning at the University of California, San Francisco and her MPH in Health Policy and Management from Columbia University's School of Public Health. Dr MacIsaac has created and led family planning training programmes in academic medical centres as well as the public hospital system in New York City. She was the first recipient of the Ryan Residency Training Grant for Family Planning and has won national teaching awards. She has held graduate medical education (GME) leadership roles as Ob/Gyn Residency Director and Family Planning Fellowship Associate Director. She served on the expert working group at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to create U.S. medical eligibility criteria for contraceptive use and the U.S. selected practice recommendations for contraceptive use.

 

She gained corporate and regulatory experience as Chief Medical Officer of FEI Women’s Health, a contraceptive device company in 2005. Dr MacIsaac has served many roles in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), including serving on the National Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) Committee and Scientific Co-Chair for the District II Annual Clinical Meeting. She received the Women’s Health Policy Award from ACOG, as well as the 2018 ACOG District II Outstanding District Service Award. She is a frequent media spokesperson for the ACOG national office on topics of reproductive health, policy and health system delivery reform. Dr MacIsaac’s current international work includes directing the annual Family Planning CME course at Soft Power Health in the Jinja District of Uganda, consultant and voluntary visiting faculty for British Pregnancy Advisory Services (BPAS), and oral board examiner for the Fellowship in Family Planning in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Dr Rebecca McKay

Dr Rebecca McKay  

Consultant in Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Peterborough City Hospital, Peterborough, UK, and FSRH Abortion Module Guardian

Speaker's biography

Dr Rebecca McKay has worked in abortion care for over 20 years. She is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist working in a busy district general hospital. She is lead for the Abortion Service. She is also the Abortion Module Guardian for the FSRH and has been a doctor member on BSACP Council for 3 years. She is passionate about education and developing easily accessible evidence-based resources for abortion providers.

Dr McKay will give a lecture on New BSACP/FSRH Special Skills Modules (SSM) in abortion care.

Lecture abstract - The Special Skills Modules in Abortion Care have been completely updated. This has opened up all modules to nurses and midwives as well as doctors making it the only truly transferable multidisciplinary qualification in Abortion Care. This talk aims to share information about the new qualification, including the application process.

Agenda

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Morning session: "Training"

Welcome and introduction
Lecture one: How can abortion care providers help healthcare students get the comprehensive abortion teaching they want?

Dr Jayne Kavanagh, Associate Clinical Professor in Medical Education, UCL Medical School, Royal Free Hospital, London, UK and
Dr Corrina Horan, Academic Trainee in Community Sexual and Reproductive Health, London, UK and Education Representative for Doctors for Choice UK

Lecture two: New BSACP/FSRH Special Skills Module (SSM) in abortion care

Dr Rebecca McKay, Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Peterborough City Hospital, Peterborough, UK and FSRH Abortion Module Guardian 

Lecture three: Pain relief in gynae procedures – evidence, tips and best practice

Mr Jonathan Lord, Specialist Committee Member for the NICE Abortion Care Quality Standard and Medical Director, MSI Reproductive Choices, London, UK

Coffee break and Workplace stretches/movements for energy and flexibility

Dr Charlotte Gatenby, Trainee in Community Sexual and Reproductive Health, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Norwich, UK

Keynote lecture four: Clinician wellbeing

Dr Helen Garr, Medical Director Designate at NHS Practitioner Health and General Practitioner, Nottingham, UK

"Free communications" session one
Co-creating abortion care e-learning

Pollyanna Cohen

Repeat Abortion- A retrospective observational cohort study before and during the COVID-19 pandemic in Glasgow

Helena Young

Abortion Stories from African, Caribbean, and Asian people in England and Wales

Manna Mostaghim

Lunch break with sponsor presentations and virtual poster viewing

How to correctly fit Levosert® in your patients given by Dr Paula Briggs

Sponsored presentation by Gedeon Richter

 

Medical Under Graduates in an Abortion Care Setting given by Jane Pollock, MSI UK Lead for Clinical Education

Sponsored presentation by MSI Reproductive Choices

Afternoon session: "Caring"

Welcome and introduction
Lecture five: Safeguarding and teleconsultation for abortion during Covid-19

Ailish McEntee, MSI UK Named Midwife for Safeguarding Adults and Children, MSI Reproductive Choices, London, UK and Dr Elizabeth Chloe Romanis,Assistant Professor in Biolaw/Co-Director Gender and Law at Durham, Durham Law School, Durham, UK

Lecture six: Kindness as a driver - Abortion care in challenging circumstances

Dr Laura MacIsaac, Professor and Associate Director of Fellowship in Complex Family Planning, New York, USA

Lecture seven: Telemedicine medical termination of pregnancy (MTOP): learning from research and founding the charity Abortion Talk

Professor Lesley Hoggart, Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies at the Open University, UK

Tea break and Brain and Breathe Space (mindfulness session)

Dr Annette Schlaudraff, Consultant in Sexual and Reproductive Health, Cardiff & Vale University Health Board, Cardiff, UK

"Free communications" session two
Treatment adherence and experience of side effects with telemedicine medical abortion at home

John Reynolds-Wright

Contraception use and continuation after telemedicine medical abortion during the COVID-19 pandemic: an observational study

Margherita Vianello

Uptake of long-acting reversible contraception after telemedicine delivered early medical abortion during Covid-19

Angharad Dixon

Lecture eight: Is routine ultrasound scan in abortion care unkind and unnecessary?

Dr Patricia Lohr, Medical Director, British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), London, UK

Announcement of prize winners and closing remarks
End of webinar

Sponsors

Location

Online

Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are those of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM, BSACP nor the speakers' organisations.

Special rates for difficult times 
The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s ​weekly COVID-19 Series ​webinars remain free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic.

Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted.

This webinar will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be  distributed  in future on various internet channels. 

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