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Images of a doctor taking a pregnant woman's blood pressure, a pregnant woman resting her hand on her bump and a pregnant woman in a hospital bed being attended to by a nurseSchool of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

The Wessex School of Obstetrics & Gynaecology (O&G) training programme aims to meet the needs of all trainees to ensure a fulfilling and enjoyable journey through to CCT. We oversee all aspects of training in O&G including the specialties of reproductive health, fetal maternal medicine and gynaecological oncology.

Where we provide training

The hospitals in the rotations are located in

  • Southampton
  • Portsmouth
  • Bournemouth
  • Poole
  • Salisbury
  • Winchester
  • Basingstoke
  • Dorchester

For further information, please click on the following link to take you to the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Prospectus.

Quality of training


Findings from the 2018 GMC Survey for Wessex:

1st in the UK for overall trainee satisfaction out of the 16 HEE deaneries

Findings from the January 2018 RCOG TEFs

1st Overall recommendation by trainees in the UK

1st for General Obstetric Training in the UK

1st for Gynaecological training in the UK

1st for Gynaecological Procedural training in the UK

1st for Professional Development in the UK

1st for Behaviours Experienced in the UK


Opportunities in Wessex

The School of O&G currently offers training for the full seven years from ST 1- ST 7 including a number of nationally approved training programmes for those who want to sub-specialise. We have strong links with the University of Southampton and offer encouragement to those who want to follow on an academic career.

Wessex has a strong tradition of less than full-time training (LTFT) and this is supported. Enquiries regarding LTFT should be directed to the Training Programme Director who also takes a lead in this for the school, you can also find guidance on our website. Inter-deanery transfers are also possible.

Wessex offers a range of local courses, some level specific and some for all training levels. For more information please see our courses webpage.

We also have a Community Sexual and Reproductive Health programme offering ample opportunity for those who wish to specialise in Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare.


The RCOG-franchises obstetric operative delivery simulation course (ROBuST) was held again on two separate days this year for out ST1-2 trainees, with significant additional interest from non-deanery delegates and overseas.

The feedback was very good and there are further plans within the faculty to develop more advanced simulation courses. A new obstetric ultrasound simulation trainer has been purchased with deanery funds to help supplement local hands on training. This will be housed with the gynaecology ultrasound trainer and Sim-Mom in the simulation suite at Southampton for use by all deanery trainees.

The Step Up course in June for ST2s moving into ST3 was also well received. The education fellows continue to help organise laparoscopic and hysteroscopic courses for basic to intermediate level minimal access training. The team are involved in a national role out of this training into a fixed format with the RCOG/BSGE.

Request for Intermediate Ultrasound Training by completing this form


The education fellows continue to co-ordinate a successful teaching programme. There have been some excellent multidisciplinary training days linked to regional deanery teaching this year, covering antenatal diagnosis/genetics; perinatal mental health and NICE normal birth guidelines as well as third degree tear; FGM and second stage of labour management workshops.

Another multidisciplinary teaching day is planned in November focusing on Critical Care in obstetrics. The trainees mentoring scheme was relaunched at the AGM in December 2015 with a training day this October.

Out of Programme

Wessex School has been supportive of various types of OOP in past including Global Health fellowships, considering each application individually using agreed guidance (pdf).

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