Course type: Online
Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy
Pelvic Health Physiotherapy:
pelvic organ prolapse – advancing your practice
19 November 2022
£140 POGP member/affiliate
This POGP course provides participants with the opportunity to better understand pelvic organ prolapse. It has been developed for Registered Physiotherapists who wish to deepen their understanding and improve their management of women with pelvic organ prolapse. As the study day includes no practical sessions it will be of most value to those who have already received training for vaginal examination and who are looking to develop further knowledge in the speciality. It is not suitable for students.
The advancing your practice pelvic organ prolapse course requires all participants to have one year’s minimum experience in the assessment/management of women with urinary tract symptoms. The skills learnt on the course are to enhance and build on existing experience and knowledge. Without this experience and knowledge it is unlikely participants will meet the learning objectives.
The course includes: relevant anatomy and physiology; the components of subjective and objective assessment; review of the current research and evidence for treatment; theory of conservative management and surgical treatment options and professional considerations. Please note: there are no practical sessions on this course.
- To provide evidence based information on the epidemiology, presentation and symptomology of pelvic organ prolpase (POP).
- To provide evidence based information on the assessment and treatment options for POP, including an effective programme of physiotherapy management.
On completion of the course the participant should:
- understand the anatomical changes related to pelvic organ prolapse (POP), the classification of POP and the relationship to symptomology
- understand the prevalence, causes and symptoms relating to POP and the impact on quality of life
- be able to undertake a subjective and understand the components of an objective assessment of POP
- be able to deliver an appropriate conservative management programme including pelvic floor muscle exercise and training
- understand the role of pessaries in a conservative management programme
- have up to date knowledge on the role of surgery in POP
- be able to choose and use valid outcome measures in POP
- be aware of and conform to professional standards in relation to the assessment of women with pelvic floor dysfunction
- be able to identify what physiotherapy service is required for women with POP
Prior to the course the participant will be provided with a link to the learning platform with modules to complete on POP anatomy, assessment and professional issues. Participants should allow 2 hours for this modular pre-learning. This will help the participant develop the necessary skills required to further their knowledge on the day. It is expected these modules will be completed before the live course and the participant risks jeopardising their learning experience if not completed.
If you practice in the UK it is recommended that you familiarise yourself with the following document prior to the workshop:
- PD092 Pelvic floor examination – CSP expectations 2012
Whilst course does not include any practical teaching it is important that you are familiar with this document.
For those participants who have not previously attended the ‘Physiotherapy assessment and management of female urinary dysfunction’ programme it is recommended that you review the anatomy of the pelvic floor – the endopelvic fascia, levator ani, perineal membrane, external superficial muscles, external anal sphincter and associated pelvic muscles (eg obturator internus & piriformis).
You may find it helpful to view diagrams to demonstrate the layers, especially regarding the muscles that you are able to palpate. If you have an Athens password you may be able to access www.anatomy.tv or you may find the following YouTube link helpful: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3BBAMWm2Eo
The following book will be helpful as further pre-workshop learning:
- Laycock J., Haslam J. (eds) (2008) Therapeutic Management of Incontinence and Pelvic Pain (2nd Ed). Springer, London.
Suggested chapters: patient assessment and pelvic organ prolapse
RELEVANT PRE-COURSE EXPERIENCE
By booking on this course you are confirming that you have at least one year’s experience in the assessment/management of women with urinary tract symptoms.