Obstetrics and Gynaecology - Mersey


This is the official website of the Health Education North West - Mersey (HENW-Mersey) School of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (MSOG). Its aim is to provide useful information relevant to obstetric and gynaecology training for all our Mersey trainees. Those planning to work in HENW-Mersey may also find the information of interest.


The site provides detailed information about the local organisation of the HENW-Mersey O&G training programme. It is hoped that by doing so, we can meet the needs of trainees and facilitate an unproblematic, fulfilling and ultimately enjoyable journey through to CCT. Key documents are available to read and download where required.


The School of Obstetrics and Gynaecology oversees all aspects of training in O&G including the specialty of Community, Sexual and Reproductive Health. The school sits within the HENW-Mersey and the hospitals in the rotations are Liverpool Women’s Hospital, Arrowe Park, Chester, Warrington, Leighton, Southport and Ormskirk, Whiston, Macclesfield and the Isle of Man (ST1 only).


The school of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, through its executive school board, is responsible for the local implementation of the relevant GMC approved specialty training programme(s). The school provides and co-ordinates high-quality training to enable the progression of trainees to CCT. It works in partnership with the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and the Faculty of Community, Sexual and Reproductive Health which develop the specialty curricula. The school also works closely with the University of Liverpool. The School of O&G currently offers training for the full seven years from ST 1- 7 including a number of nationally approved training programmes for those who want to sub-specialise.


The schools are responsible for selection and recruitment, supervision of the education process including assessment and implementation of the curricula. Quality monitoring and evaluation of training systems is undertaken using information from the GMC survey, the ARCP process, and training evaluation forms specific to HENW-Mersey and feedback through the annual assessment visits by the deanery.


HENW-Mersey is relatively compact meaning no large travelling distances between units. It is close to some spectacular areas of natural beauty including the Lake District and Snowdonia. Liverpool has benefited from being European Capital of Culture in 2008 and is now a thriving and lively city, truly a great place to live and train.


School Structure

The Executive and School board, Workforce Planning and Assessment Boards will take place on the same day three times per annum, in January, May and September.

Appointments in February are in line with national recruitment.

The Education and Training Committee may meet separately.

The Training unit Assessment Committee will meet as dictated by the need to visit Units. They may report directly to the Dean.

The Assessment panels will sit in June, January and for the time being September.


Health Education North West - Mersey School Board of Obstetrics & Gynaecology


Objectives (overall scope) of the School Board

To support the Postgraduate Dean in the development of effective commissioning of Obstetrics & Gynaecology training in Health Education North West - Mersey.

To support the Postgraduate Dean in the quality management of training and ensure that the School proactively supports the quality agenda as set by the regulator GMC and the HENW - Mersey.

To oversee and implement strategic and operational direction for training in Obstetrics & Gynaecology in the HENW - Mersey.


Reporting arrangements

The School Board will report to the Postgraduate Dean. Minutes of School Board meetings will be received for information by the HENW - Mersey Senior Management Team (SMT).



The School Board will meet a minimum of three times per annum. Board meetings will only be quorate if there are at least six Board members present. The Board will be arranged and serviced by the relevant School Administrator.