Kathie Cooke Menopause Expert

I’ve recently retired from my NHS role as Gynaecology Consultant Nurse – however I am retaining a consultancy contract, so I’m continuing to supporting NHS colleagues and services.

I have nearly 40 years’ extensive experience in all aspects of women's health care. For many years I was a ward sister on busy Gynaecology wards and have also worked in an emergency department.
I have undertaken further training to work at an advanced clinical level throughout Gynaecology.

I enjoy talking to, advising and empowering women to make informed personal decisions about all aspects of their female health.

My particular area of expertise is menopause care.

I hold the British Menopause Society (BMS) recognised Faculty of Reproductive Healthcare Special Skills Certificate in Menopause Care (advanced) and have provided independent Menopause clinics since 2012.

I opened my private practice September 2019. I decided that if women wished to have private, rather than NHS care, they should have the best possible experience. Whilst I give the same advice and level of personal investment into all my consultations, having the luxury of time in my private clinic is so refreshing. Being able to properly answer questions, explain and discuss research findings and really “hear” each woman’s story, as a clinician has been a revelation.

I generally establish rapport quite quickly – working in Gynaecology, when examining, and discussing intimate health issues - being approachable, supportive and empathetic becomes second nature. However, having an hour to really focus and understand each client’s needs has been refreshing. Some specialist products are only available privately; being able to prescribe these when required has given me huge satisfaction, ensuring the best “fit” for each woman.

As well as running my private clinic, I continue to facilitate on the BMS recognised menopause course for nurses. I also deliver work-based menopause sessions, present at professional conferences, review professional articles, collaborate with NICE and NHS England and am involved in menopause-related research.

My qualifications include Registered General Nurse, Ba Hons Specialist Practitioner, MSc Clinical Nursing and Independent Prescriber. I also hold the BMS Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Menopause Symptoms qualification, enabling me to facilitate self-management strategies for women with problematic menopause symptoms.

I am a member of the British Menopause Society, the International Menopause Society and the British Gynaecological Cancer Society.

Kathie Cooke


Following publication of NICE guidance 2015, the British Menopause Society has defined a menopause specialist as “a healthcare professional with a special interest in menopause, demonstrating expertise in managing more complex cases and receiving external referrals.”
A BMS recognised menopause specialist is defined as a healthcare professional who has obtained the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH)/British Menopause Society (BMS) advanced certificate in menopause care, or completed other equivalent qualifications.
These qualifications can take up to 3 years to achieve, and are revalidated 3 yearly. To find a local specialist with recognised menopause qualifications search the BMS database here:
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