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Course syllabus for abortion care ATSM

The abortion care ATSM course syllabus below lists the minimum requirements for a course to be suitable for the theoretical component of this module. The course should last 1 day.

Any times given or descriptions of activities within a course are given for guidance and as an example only. To establish whether a course is suitable, please compare this syllabus and the syllabus of a course on offer and take advice from your ATSM Preceptor. Please also read our general guidance on ATSM courses.

The College can’t offer advice or information relating to the suitability of courses except for courses run by the RCOG or jointly run by the RCOG and specialist societies.

Course syllabus – lecture topics and timings

Historical public health and legal issues (2 hours)

  • Evolution of the law
  • Public health and epidemiology
  • UK statistics
  • Ethical and legal controversies
  • Discussion

The package of care – abortion methods and complications (2 hours)

  • Who needs service?
  • The law – HSA1 and 4
  • What service is required?
  • Who provides it?
  • The team
  • Methods
  • Complications
  • Review

The client’s perspective (2 hours)

  • The client’s voice
  • Influence of the media
  • Supporting the woman and her family

What constitutes a good service (2 hours)

  • What constitutes a good service?
  • Government
  • Professional organisation
  • Service provider
  • Staff
  • Client/Partner/Family

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