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Advanced Practitioners' Pessary Course - 19 October 2024

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Course type: Practical

Advanced Practitioners' Pessary Course


Date: 19 October 2024

Venue: Portsmouth


£350 POGP member/affiliate

£400 non-member


This POGP short course provides participants with an opportunity to understand more about the use of pessaries in the non-surgical management of prolapse. The teaching components include the use of artificial models for pessary fitting, handling a range of pessaries and there is the option of peer to peer/self-practice of pessary sizing, fitting and removal with cube and ring pessaries.

The day includes up to date evidence for use of pessary in prolapse, advanced anatomy, assessment of prolapse, clinical reasoning to support pessary provision and group work to look at pessary use in different clinical situations. The risks and complications of pessaries will be included. The course is suitable for physiotherapists working in the public and private sector.

Participants will be offered post-course support in the form of follow-up virtual discussion opportunities within a few months of the course completion. It is hoped to develop a POGP Pessary course Facebook resource for ongoing support.

Programme objectives:

To provide an understanding of the implementation of evidence-based practice in the use of ring and cube pessaries for prolapse

To provide relevant experience to be valid for inclusion in the UK Pessary Guideline  accreditation framework portfolio (further practical experience and sign-off is required for full accreditation)

Learning outcomes:

On completion of the day course the participants should be able to:

Provide experience and understanding of how to fit ring and cube pessaries

Learn how pessary provision might be brought into the participant’s scope of practice

Feel confident about assessing suitability for a pessary trial

Understand the possible limitations and complications of pessary use and how to mitigate where appropriate

Understand how to take forward the pessary accreditation framework

Be aware of and conform to professional standards in relation to the assessment of women with pelvic floor dysfunction

This course WILL: 

Extend your understanding and knowledge of pessary use for prolapse

Introduce the practical skill of sizing and fitting cube and ring pessaries

Provide experience of self-managing pessary skills

Align to the UK Pessary Guideline accreditation framework and form part of your portfolio for submission

This course WILL NOT: 

Provide sufficient standalone experience to establish a pessary service on completion of the course

Confer accredited status as a pessary practitioner

Deliver a transferable business model for set up in NHS or Private Practice

Attendance on the course requires the participant to have at least 5 years’ experience in pelvic health including urogynaecology and to be confident in the assessment and management of pelvic organ prolapse. 

Organised by: Karen Armitage of POGP

Please find a list of tickets for this event below.

Ticket Price
Any member £350.00
Any non-member £400.00

Delegate Terms and Conditions


This cancellation policy sets out the terms and conditions relating to bookings for courses offered by POGP, including receiving payments, course cancellations and refunds.


1.    Definitions


POGP:          Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy

Delegate:      A person attending the course 


2.    Scope


This policy covers all courses offered by POGP


3.    Policy Detail


3.1    Payment of course fees

Confirmation that a place on the course has been finalised will be sent by POGP to the delegate on receipt of payment of the course fee or received proof of a purchase order number for the course fee invoice. 


3.1.1.   Cancellation, Refunds and Transfers to an alternative course date by Delegates

Summary of cancellation charges are as follows:


Timescale of cancellation notice

Refund/Transfer of course fee

28 days or more before the course start date

90% refund will be given -or-

90% transfer will be given towards another POGP course


27-15 days before the course start date

50% refund will be given -or-

50% transfer will be given towards another POGP course


14 days or less before the course start date

We regret that no refund or transfer to an alternative course can be given if a cancellation is made 14 days or less before the course start date (including online day)



To prevent cancellations where possible, POGP may accept a change of delegate name, with no administration fee, up to 96 hours before the start of the course.  Requests will be dealt with on an individual basis, considering whether this allows time for any pre-course learning requirements to be completed.

Refunds will only be made to the payee’s account from which the original payment was made.  Refunds must be claimed within 28 days of notice of the cancellation. 

All requests to cancel, change a delegate name or transfer to a new course date must be made in writing to


Refunds for non-accessibility: where the delegate has not informed POGP about a special accessibility requirement, cancellation and refund of the course fee is not possible. When notified in advance, if POGP are not able to offer a solution to the special accessibility requirement the delegate may transfer to another POGP course without penalty.


3.1.2.   Non-attendance

Delegates who fail to attend the course without giving notice, or who give notice after the course has started, are not entitled to a refund or a transfer to another course regardless of the reason for non-attendance.


3.1.4.   Course cancellation by POGP

Minimum delegate numbers

To ensure the best learning experience possible, there will be a minimum number of delegates required for each course to run effectively, this number may vary for each course type.  If the minimum course threshold is not met POGP reserve the right to cancel the course.  For cancellations made in these circumstances delegates will be notified within at least 14 days of the course start date.  Delegates will be offered an alternative date(s).  If the delegate is unable to attend an alternative date a full refund will be given.


Course tutors

All courses offered by POGP will be delivered by experienced tutors within a course specific tutor group.  In the event of illness, or unforeseen circumstances, POGP may, at short notice, substitute a tutor for another tutor from the course specific tutor group.  If for any reason a replacement tutor cannot be found at short notice, POGP reserves the right to cancel and reschedule the course at its sole discretion.  Where possible 24 hours’ notice will be given to delegates but, in the event of emergencies, this may happen on the day of the course.



POGP reserves the right to cancel a course at any time without incurring any additional liability to the delegate or organisation in which they work.  Such circumstances are, but not limited to: weather conditions, fire, flood, transport strikes, closures or delays or any other force majeure.  In such circumstances, POGP will offer alternative dates where possible, with delegates able to transfer their booking, free of charge, to an alternative date.  Special consideration may be given to individual cases if necessary if this occurs.  Refunds given are at the sole discretion of POGP.


POGP is not responsible for any travel or other expenses which may have been incurred and recommends that travel and accommodation bookings for the courses are made on a fully cancellable basis.


3.1.5.   Covid cancellations

Delegate cancellations relating to Covid will be treated on an individual basis where necessary and at the sole discretion of POGP.


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