Oocyte Retrieval HEA4114


This module has been devised primarily for the development of clinical skills associated with a safe and effective retrieval of oocytes as part of a whole programme for invitro-fertilisation. The skills combine a thorough knowledge of ultrasound techniques relevant to the speciality, together with the clinical skills necessary for safe and effective recovery of oocytes from the ovary.

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Module Code: HEA4114
Level: 7
Credits: 20
Cost: £720 for Sept 2021 to July 2022

Who is this module for?

This module can be accessed by appropriately qualified applicants working within assisted conception practice and seeking to develop their skills.

What are the key aims of the programme?

Changes in service delivery in reproductive medicine over the past twenty years has placed greater emphasis on the role of nurse practitioner resulting in an enhanced clinical responsibility. This module will focus on the surgical and ultrasound techniques and clinical practices relating to oocyte retrieval.

Practice will be based on a thorough working knowledge of the anatomy, physiology and pathology associated with the procedure of oocyte retrieval.

What will I study?

  • Applied surgical anatomy, physiology and metabolism.
  • Applied surgical techniques involved in oocyte retrieval.
  • Equipment involved in oocyte retrieval to include a thorough working knowledge.
  • Complications following oocyte retrieval and their management.
  • Consent and communication skills, medical record keeping and risk management.
  • Medical legal issues.
  • Ethical issues relating to oocyte retrieval and storage.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment will occur within the e-learning elements of the taught delivery. Online assessment will be built into this section of learning so that students can ensure that their emerging understanding and knowledge is correct. For example, a short MCQ quiz will be provided, relating to signs and symptoms of complications. Marks will be revealed to students on completion so that they can see the areas that they need to review. A mid-point discussion will take place with the clinical mentor, to review progress in the practice competency assessment and individual tutorials will allow for development of the written component of the assessment.

On successful completion you will:

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge in the embryological techniques of oocyte and retrieval preparation for fertilisation.
  • Synthesise the theories that underpin best practice in oocyte retrieval.
  • Critically analyse the risks associated with oocyte retrieval and the clinical policy and regulatory frameworks synthesising and applying conclusions to assist management of these risks.

Study Dates and Venues

Further Information

Module availability varies from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Due to the popularity of some modules it may be that the module is fully booked when your application is received. We will include your details on a waiting list and allocate you a place on the next available intake.

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For further module information, please contact the Module Coordinator, Jane Mutch at Liverpool Women's Hospital, on 0800 103 2644 or email [email protected].

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This module can be studied on a stand alone basis. It is a compulsory module on the: