Pelvic Mesh Complications - elearning for healthcare
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This programme has moved to the NHS Learning Hub. We recommend you read the information on this webpage to find out more about the programme before you access the learning (

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About the programme

This programme for GPs has been designed to provide up to date information about pelvic mesh complications and the services available, ensuring that women are assessed and referred to specialist services.

The programme topics include:

• introduction and background to pelvic floor disorders for women
• a review of the background history to pelvic mesh in the UK
• pelvic mesh complications
• overview and information about the patient referral process into specialist mesh centre services
• follow a case study about a woman with mesh complications

On completion of the programme learners will understand that women presenting with pelvic mesh complications may have a complex history. They will have a good understanding of the referral process to specialist mesh centres and their role in supporting women to access these services.

Learners will also feel more confident to support women presenting with pelvic mesh complications and will be able to explain the care pathway within specialist mesh centres and the multi-disciplinary team provision.

Furthermore, they will have a better understanding of the care options available to women suffering from pelvic mesh complications; improving the care experience and access to information.

More information

The complications arising from some pelvic mesh implantation surgeries have long been recognised. Reports of complications secondary to vaginal mesh implants started to emerge worldwide. In the UK, women self-reported complications to the Medical Healthcare Regulatory Authority (MHRA). The issues raised by the women with mesh complications led to the Baroness Cumberlege’s review of this complex arena culminating in the First Do No Harm report published in July 2020. There were several recommendations in the report and one of these has led to the development of specialist mesh centres. This training package has been designed to provide up to date information about pelvic mesh complications and the services available, ensuring that women are assessed and referred to specialist services.

Swati Jha, Consultant Urogynaecologist at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust introduces the Pelvic Mesh Complications elearning programme

Primary and secondary audiences

General practitioners in primary care


Janice Rymer, Chair of the Pelvic Floor Health Oversight Task and Finish Group, NHSE
Sohier Elneil- Consultant Urogynaecologist UCLH
Karen Ward- Consultant Urogynaecologist , Chair of British Society of Urogynaecology
Swati Jha- Consultant Urogynaecologist Sheffield FT
Ranee Thaker- Consultant Obstetrician and Urogynaecologist
Julie Ellis- Specialist Physiotherapist, Pelvic Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy (POGP)
Mo Belal- Consultant Urological Surgeon, British Association of Urological Surgeons (BSUG)
Chris Harding- Consultant Urological Surgeon

Patient Voice Representatives for NHSE Pelvic Floor Health Group
All members of the Pelvic Floor Health Oversight Group
Royal College of General Practitioners

Meet the team

  • Karole Smith

    Karole Smith

    Programme Manager, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Rob Taylor 80 x 80

    Rob Taylor

    Project Manager, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Victoria Ward

    Victoria Ward

    Learning Designer, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Catherine Moran

    Graphic Designer, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Louise Garrahan

    Senior Marketing and Communications Officer, elearning for healthcare

How to access

To access this elfh programme, you will require a Learning Hub account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below. Note that if you hold a full elfh account, you can sign into the Learning Hub using your existing login credentials.


To view the Pelvic Mesh Complications programme, select the View button below. If you already have a Learning Hub account, you will also be able to login and access the resources within the programme.


NHS healthcare staff in England – ESR

The Pelvic Mesh Complications programme is also available to NHS healthcare staff via the Electronic Staff Record (ESR). Accessing this e-learning via ESR means that your completions will transfer with you throughout your NHS career.
Further details are available here.

Not an NHS organisation?

If you are not an NHS health or care organisation and therefore do not qualify for free access to the Learning Hub, you may be able to access the service if you have an existing OpenAthens account. Please go to Learning Hub and sign in with your existing credentials.

If you do not have an existing OpenAthens account, please contact elfh directly to check whether you may be eligible for access.

Registering large numbers of users

If you are a HR, IT or Practice Manager and would like to register and enrol large numbers of staff within your organisation for access onto the Pelvic Mesh Complications programme, please contact elfh directly.

Organisations wishing to use their own LMS

For HR departments wanting to know more about gaining access to courses using an existing Learning Management System please contact elfh directly to express interest.

More information

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