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Educational opportunities for professionals,

trainees and students

Following the government’s latest advice regarding the Coronavirus, we are currently not taking student placements. We hope you understand that we are in unprecedented times and our responsibility is to ensure that we operate responsibly.

Training and awareness sessions

BPAS offers sessions on pregnancy options, contraception, sexual health, and personal values when dealing with abortion. These can be delivered for public health teams, school nurse/health visitor teams and youth workers. Please email tracey.forsyth@bpas.org if you are interested in training and awareness sessions.

Externships at BPAS for medical students or post-graduate trainees

BPAS offers week-long externships for medical students and trainees interested in learning about abortion care. 

Applications are invited from students who have completed at least the first year and have a good understanding of the importance of confidentiality and medical ethics.  Trainees are generally from the fields of Obstetrics and Gynaecology or Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare.  Applications are accepted from individuals inside and outside of the UK

Externs will observe each step of the patient care pathway including pregnancy options counselling, medical assessment and consent, medical and surgical abortions up to 24 weeks' gestation, and aftercare. Testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, and contraception counselling and fitting are also part of the care pathway.

Externs may also be able to perform scanning procedures and assist with theatre preparation.

Externships are offered at several locations and students will be attached to a local mentor.  These include London (Richmond), Bournemouth and Portsmouth, or Merseyside and Chester. Locations and dates will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

This opportunity is offered in collaboration with Medical Students for Choice who also can provide funding for travel and accommodation.

If you wish to apply for a BPAS externship please complete the application form and return to rhe@bpas.org or contact:

Pearl Hudson - Clinical Department
BPAS Head Office,
20 Timothys Bridge Road,
Stratford Enterprise Park,
CV37 9BF

For more information please call 01789 265 808 or email rhe@bpas.org

Ad-Hoc Student Placements /Observational Opportunity

We welcome applications of interest from a wide range of students (including medical, nursing and midwifery), trainees and health care professionals who wish to visit a BPAS clinic to learn about abortion-care pathways and the services we provide.  These short term observational opportunities can be arranged for up to three days duration.  A signature from an educational supervisor for students and trainees, as well as an explanation of the request for placement will be requested.  If you require a placement of longer than three days, you will be directed to apply via the MSFC externship programme (see  above).

Please complete this form and return it to student-placements@bpas.org for the attention of Pearl Hudson if you wish to visit a BPAS clinic for a short-term observational opportunity .