North West School of Obstetrics and Gynaecology


Welcome to Obstetrics & Gynaecology




Head of School

Dr Liz Haslett

Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals FY3 8NR                         Email:


Deputy Associate Postgraduate Dean

Dr Ruth Gottstein                                                           Email:

Training Programme Directors:

Deputy Head of School (including ATSM/SITM director)           Dr Rebekah Samangaya

TPD – ST1-2 NW

Dr Rachel Owen


TPD – ST1-2 Mersey

Dr Helen Bradshaw

TPD – ST3-5 NW

Dr Andrea Pilkington

TPD – ST3-5 Mersey

Dr Nira Ramachandran

TPD – ST6-7 NW & Mersey

Dr Clare Mullan 

TPD – Community Sexual & Reproductive Health

Dr Liz Stephens 

TPD - Exam Support Dr Louise Howarth










  Deanery Support:

Programme Support Manager

Sarah Mrozek-Jackson

Programme Support Officer Jennifer Shaw

Programmes Support Administrator

Ashely Gallagher






Lead Employer:

St Helen’s & Knowsley




College Tutors:

Dr Rao Usha

Arrowe Park – Mersey

Dr Sunday Ajayi

Barrow – NW

Dr Sophia Goh

Blackpool – NW

Dr Juthica Bardapure

Dr Bim Williams

Bolton – Salford – NW;

Dr John Shanks

Burnley - NW

Dr Lisa Canavan

Chester – Mersey 

Dr Michael Smith

Dr Eva Myriokefalitaki

Christie – NW

Christie – NW (deputy);;

Dr Amy Judson

Lancaster – NW

Dr Emily Fairclough

Dr Ben Choo

Liverpool Women’s – Mersey; 

Dr Shanti Pinto

Leighton – Mersey;

Dr Mazhar Chaudry

Macclesfield – Mersey

Dr Tarun Ghosh

Nobles – Mersey

Dr Ritu Dalmia

Oldham – NW;

Dr Swapna Patankar

Pennine (Bury, NMGH, Oldham, Rochdale) – NW

Dr Syma Ahmed

Preston – NW

Dr Emilie Lewis

Salford - NW;

Dr Uma Karthikeyan

Southport – Mersey

Dr Rachel Owen

Stepping Hill – NW

Dr Patricia Seddon

Kathryn Parker (deputy)

St Mary’s – NW

Dr Natalie Smilovici

Tameside – NW

Dr Paul Adinkra

Warrington – Mersey;

Dr Nidhi Srivastava

Whiston – Mersey

Dr Uzma Ghaffar

Wigan – NW

Dr Louise Howarth

Dr Sreebala Sripada

Wythenshawe – NW;







































Further contacts:


Dr Tom Aust

Education Lead;

Dr Zainab Aljawahiri

Eportfolio Champion

Dr Nasira Misfar

Joint SuppoRTT Champion & LTFT Lead

East Lancs

Dr Syma Ahmed

Joint SuppoRTT Champion & LTFT Lead


Dr Ciara Carpenter               

Laparoscopic/hysteroscopic regional simulation coordinator

Southport & Ormskirk

Dr Zoe Boyes

Laparoscopic/hysteroscopic regional simulation coordinator


Dr Mohamed Elsherbiny Laparoscopic/hysteroscopic regional simulation coordinator
East Lancs

Dr Kenn Lim

Laparoscopic/hysteroscopic regional simulation coordinator


Dr Mohamed Hagir

Laparoscopic/hysteroscopic regional simulation coordinator


Dr Uzma Ghaffar

Laparoscopic/hysteroscopic regional simulation coordinator


Dr Judith Kundodyiwa

MTI Champion

Dr Kirtana Vallabhaeni

PGDrs rep for Equality, Diversity & Inclusion


Dr Arathy Ramdas

PGDrs rep for Equality, Diversity & Inclusion


Dr Helen Collier

Regional Ultrasound Co-ordinator

East lancs

Dr Karl McPherson

Regional Ultrasound Co-ordinator


Dr Martin Maher Regional Ultrasound Co-ordinator East Lancs

Dr Natalie Macleod

Trainee Representative


Dr Natalie Croghan

Trainee Representative


Dr Ayooluwa Olateju

Trainee Representative


Dr Suranjan Ghoshal    Trainer Representative Oldham
Dr Fatima Abu Amna  Trainer Representative Wigan
Dr Lakshmi Sandu Aana    Trainer Representative Southport & Ormskirk

Dr Andy Pickersgill

Workplace Behaviour Champion


Dr Devender Roberts

RCOG Representative

Liverpool Women’s;

Dr Dharani Hapangama

University Representative


Dr Ed Johnstone

University Representative

NW ;

Dr Andrew Drakeley 

Subspecilaity Representative




ATSM Preceptor’s:

Gynaecology ATSM

Preceptor – NW

Preceptor - Mersey

Benign abdominal Surgery: open and laparoscopic

Andy Pickersgill – Wythenshawe 

Kevin Thomas – Ormskirk

Urogynaecology and Vaginal Surgery

Eric Mutema – Blackpool

Lorraine Dinardo – Chester

Subfertility and Reproductive Health

Raj Mathur - St Mary's

Richard Russell – Liverpool Women’s 


Nick Wood

Rob MacDonald – Liverpool Women’s

Acute Gynaecology & Early Pregnancy

Fiona Clarke

Kat Pavlidi 

Advanced Laparoscopy for the excision of benign disease

Tom Aust – Arrowe Park

Abortion Care

Ash Alam – Arrowe Park


Nick Wood

Bridget DeCruze – Liverpool Women’s


Hani Shuheibar 

Vicky Cording

Paediatric & Adolescent gynaecology

Cara Williams

Sexual Health

Helen Ribbans


Anan Buolos

Vulval Disease

Ursula Winters – St Mary’s

Helen Bradshaw - Liverpool Womens



Obstetric ATSM

Preceptor – NW

Preceptor - Mersey

High Risk Pregnancy

Bindu Singhania – St Mary’s

Karen McIntyre – Leighton

Fetal Medicine

Koon Chan – St Mary’s

Devender Roberts – Liverpool Women’s 

Labour Ward Lead

Sam Bonner – St Mary’s

Libby Shaw – Arrowe Park

Obstetric Medicine

Andrea Pilkington – Wythenshawe

Mark Clement Jones – Liverpool Women’s

Medical Education

Judith Kundodyiwa

Advanced Labour Ward Practice

Sam Bonner – St Mary’s

Kate Alldred – Liverpool Women’s


Key Links

Royal College of Obstetrcians & Gynaecologists -

Curriculum -

National Recruitment -

Local Recruitment -



Trust Information for PG Doctors

North West and Mersey


Arrowe Park                          Trust information Arrowe Park  

Trust Information Blackpool

Bolton   Trust Information Bolton and Salford  
Barrow   Trust Information Barrow  
Burnley   Trust Information Burnley  
Chester   Trust Information Chester  
Christie   Trust Information Christie  
East Lancashire   Trust Information East Lancs  
Leighton   Trust Information Leighton
Macclesfield   Trust Information Macclesfield  
NMGH   Trust Information NMGH  

Trust Information Oldham

Royal Lancaster   Trust Information Royal Lancaster  
Royal Preston    Trust Information Preston  
Salford   Trust Information Salford  
St Marys   Trust Information St Marys  
Southport and Ormskirk   Trust Information Southport and Ormskirk  
Stepping Hill   Trust Information Stepping HIll  
Tameside   Trust Information Tameside  
Warrington   Trust Information Warrington  
Whiston    Trust Information Whiston  
Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh   Trust Information Wigan  
Wythenshawe   Trust Information Wythenshawe  



ST1-2 Teaching 2023/24


ST3-5 Teaching 2023/24


 ST6-7 Teaching 23/24


Attendance for ST3- 7 

  1. Trainees are not expected to attend regional teaching if on call, on nights, on rest days, on a non -working day if LTFT, on annual leave or sick leave. However they are expected to send their apologies. ST6-7 teaching apologies to Sally Hodgson, Education Administrator at Blackpool ST3-5 teaching apologies to Sharon Clorley, Medical secretary at Wythenshawe hospital


  1. If you are LTFT and teaching falls on a day you would not normally work you are welcome to attend and take a different day as non-working however you will need to arrange this with your unit.


  1. Teaching attendance of 66% of sessions is expected. Obviously this is pro rata for those who are LTFT. Your attendance should be documented for your ARCP on your ES report in Section 3 under ‘other requirements’ .This information will help us to facilitate trainee attendance as it will become clear if units are not releasing trainees for regional teaching. As an example an ST6 trainee works 80% LTFT and there are 7 regional teaching sessions being held August 2023- July 2024. His/her attendance would be expected to be 0.8 x 7x 0.66= between 3-4 sessions attended in the year. If you are able to attend more than 66% then great but 66% is the expectation.


4.Going forward most sessions will be face to face however those sessions being held virtually will be recorded and uploaded to the Advance Platform when possible. This will not be possible with virtual sessions provided by a private provider as they will not allow the session to be recorded understandably. If you do wish to watch a virtual session that you were not able to attend on the day then you can apply for study leave to do this.



The following is a guide on the ARCP process and requirements for PG Doctors.

ARCPs will be conducted virtually using Microsoft Teams.

This means the panels will review the eportfolios remotely prior to the ARCP date. Therefore, all PG Dr’s must ensure all evidence required, is uploaded at least 1-2 weeks prior to the ARCP date. 

* Please note that your Educational Supervisor report MUST be completed and uploaded 1-2 weeks prior to the ARCP

On the day of the ARCP the panel will review all evidence and reach a decision.  The PG Dr will be invited to join the meeting to receive and discuss the ARCP outcome as well as offer a 2-slide presentation. All PG Dr’s being assessed will be required to make themselves available.


Evidence required for the ARCP

For further information regarding your ARCP during the Covid 19 pandemic, please refer to the ARCP guidance on the Royal College of Obstetrics & Gynaecology website:  Link  

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Form R/Self-Declaration Form:

This is mandatory.

Link to Form R: 

All fields must be completed.

  • You must reflect on any serious incidents or complaints that you have been involved in as well as note any compliments.
  • Your Form R will be reviewed by your Educational Supervisor as part of the Educational Supervisor Report.
  • Please complete Part A and B; only complete the COVID Declaration section if your training has been affected by COVID. Your Educational Supervisor will need to review and sign the form if you complete the COVID declaration.
  • Please upload completed Form R to the 'other evidence section of your e-portfolio at least 1 week prior to your ARCP. 
  • Please also email a copy of your Form R to:


Educational Supervisor’s Report.


Please complete your Educational Supervisor's report with your supervisor a minimum of 1 week before your ARCP.

This is to enable our ARCP panel member to review prior to the ARCP date.


CCT calculator:


  • Link to CCT calculator
  • Please complete a CCT calculator recording all your placements, dates, grades and WTE.
  • Once complete please upload to your Eportfolio in the ‘other evidence’ section marked CCT calculator (month/year of ARCP)
  • Please also email a copy of your Form R to:


Decision Aids:


PG Dr’s MUST ensure they carefully read requirements for ARCP and upload all required evidence by the required dates noted within your ARCP invite email.


The ARCP panel will assess evidence against the decision aid.


2 slide presentation

If you haven't been seen this year for an ARCP, you will need to prepare a 2-slide presentation covering your past year in training and future year.

Please upload this to your portfolio in the 'other evidence' section marked Presentation (Month/year of ARCP)


If you are OOPR/E/T, the panel would like to see a report from your current supervisor. This can be in the form of a letter, or a short report detailing your progress.

If you are OOPC please upload an update for the panel.

This needs to be uploaded to your portfolio in 'other evidence section'




May 2024

15th&16th May

22nd & 23rd May

July 2024

3rd,4th &10th July