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Manual Vacuum Aspiration

Start: 08/02/2018 09:00
End: 08/02/2018 16:00

Location: RCOG
Programme: MVA 2018.pdf

Places are now limited for this course. Please call Enfys Hughes on 020 7772 6437 to enquire about spaces and bookings.


This one day, hands-on and theoretical training course focuses on the outpatient management of miscarriage and abortion using manual vacuum aspiration. 

Manual vacuum aspiration (MVA) is an alternative to electric suction or dilatation and curettage for evacuation of the uterine contents. The MVA procedure is performed with a hand-operated vacuum syringe, typically under local anaesthetic. 

The Curriculum Committee works with the Specialty Education Advisory Committee to ensure the curriculum evolves in response to (or in anticipation of) changes in practice. With the high safety profile of this procedure and the increasing potential for the delivery of uterine evacuation outside of theatre, there is a need to improve access to this in the UK. The MVA procedure is accessible, easy to deliver, does not require a general anaesthetic and is cost-effective. In addition to providing a grounding in the MVA procedure, this course covers the equipment, staffing, analgesia and other requirements for surgical uterine evacuation in the outpatient setting. 

We recommend you book early to avoid disappointment. There are a maximum of 28 places.

Who should attend?

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology ATSM/FSRH Special Skills Abortion Care trainers
  • Experienced staff in miscarriage/abortion care keen to expand their competence/skills

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Learn to confidently fit together and operate a MVA kit
  • Gain knowledge of appropriate pain relief
  • Safely undertake MVA of uterine contents in a model
  • Learn to provide appropriate support for the woman and her support person
  • Gain skills to develop a business case for MVA
  • Meet others with experience of setting up similar services
  • Make contacts for sharing guidelines and pathways 

Course Organiser

Dr Patricia Lohr FACOG, London

Honorary Director of Conferences

Mr Nick Panay FRCOG, London

Honorary Deputy Director of Conferences

Mr Philip Toozs-Hobson FRCOG, Birmingham

Course fees

The registration fee (inclusive of online discount and VAT at 20%) for this event is:

  • Standard Rate: £345.00
  • RCOG/Member inc SAS Doctors Rate: £295.00
  • Trainee Rate: £2350.00
  • Allied Healthcare Professional Rate: £220.00

How to book

1.     Sign into the RCOG website or create your account here – you need to be registered with the RCOG website to book on to an event

2.     Check that your card billing address is listed in ‘My account’ > ‘My details’ > ‘Addresses’, as you will need this in order to complete your booking

3.     Check that your details are correct in ‘My account’ > ‘My details’ > ‘Career stage’, as we will use this to calculate your registration fee

4.     Return to this page

5.     Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the booking form, which will appear once you are logged in

Alternatively, you can book using the postal booking form, although if you book using this method you will not receive the £10 online discount.

Places are now limited for this course. Please call to enquire about spaces and bookings.

For any queries regarding this event, please contact Enfys Hughes:

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