The School oversees all aspects of training in O&G in the North Western Deanery. Presently this is over 18 units.
Overall, the School is responsible for 163 O&G trainees across the Region which extends from Barrow-in-Furness in the North to Stockport in the South and from the Pennine moors in the East to the West coast. The population is 5 million. There are approximately 200 O&G consultants providing clinical services and training across the Deanery.
The core function of the School is to manage the quality of training, ensuring that trainees have access to the highest standards of teaching at all stages of their careers. The School has a lead role in trainee recruitment, assessments and appraisals, preparation for examinations, practical skills training and the development of non-technical skills. The School has close links to the Manchester Medical School and other Universities in the region who provide health related education and research. The Region has an excellent reputation in O&G research and trainees are encouraged to become involved in the academic aspects of O&G. There are successful Academic Clinical Fellowship and Lectureship programmes.
Trainees move units in August but there are no fixed rotations. Each trainees placement is based on their individual educational needs.
The transition from ST2 (1st on call) to ST3 (2nd on call) has been smoothed by the decision that trainees usually spend these 2 years in the same unit. Training therefore tends to be very focused on developing registrar competencies and this process has so far been a success.
As one of the largest schools of O&G in the country we have been able to facilitate the setting up within our region of all basic and core courses requiring study leave.
The Region is able to offer all aspects of the PMETB approved RCOG O&G curriculum within the programme. This includes all Advanced Training Skill Modules (ATSMs) and Subspecialist Training in Feto-maternal medicine, Gynaecological Oncology, Urogynaecology and Subfertility.
The Annual Review of Competency Progression (ARCP) process in O&G in the region involves an individualised evidence based discussion utilising the e-portfolio and a matrix of training needs from ST1-7. The trainee is then invited to join the discussion for their annual review before the education plan for the next year is set. The rotation is then determined to ensure that trainees have the maximum benefit from the next year of training.
The Associate Dean leading for the North Western Deanery and responsible for the School is Dr Shirley Remington.
Last updated: 13th November 2012