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Courses & Workshops


Keep Calm Workshop

Who is it for?

A resilience workshop for new specialty trainees in Obstetrics and Gynaecology

The clinical environment is challenging for many individuals and can be particularly traumatic for doctors in their first year of practice in Obstetrics and Gynaecology as they undergo transition from one level of responsibility to the next.

There is increasing evidence that resilience is a key skill needed for professionals working in demanding and traumatic environments (both inside and outside of medicine). Self awareness and strategies for increase resilience are fundamental to retain wellbeing in the face of high degrees of stress and emotional trauma.

This workshop aims to provide our new doctors with a basic framework for assessing their own wellbeing and setting up healthy habits to support them in their careers.

The workshop has the following objectives

  • to acknowledge the stresses of clinical work
  • to recognise the impact clinician stress has on patients and colleagues
  • to look at quick and simple ways to manage stress and increase resilience
  • to set goals to help embed healthy habits in personal practice

At a time when caring and compassion in the workplace are under scrutiny, this workshop offered a positive supportive interaction between the new doctors and their senior colleagues in an acknowledgement that it is hard to care in the way you want to when you are stressed and, perhaps, feeling uncared for yourself.

Wessex has developed an online resource to support the workshop



RCOG Basic Practical Skills Course (BPS)

Who is it for?

ST1-2 trainees (mandatory for entry into ST3)

This course is designed to introduce trainees to safe surgical techniques and obstetric clinical skills, in a structured workshop environment. The course is standardised to ensure common objectives, content structure and assessment methods are followed and can be linked to the RCOG Training Portfolio and OSATS.

Redesigned in 2014, the new two-day format enables trainees to focus on hands-on skills whilst in the classroom, by introducing pre-course eLearning materials including videos and assessments. The course also looks at the increasingly important topic of human factors and enhanced recovery principles, complementing the new RCOG curriculum..

Find more information RCOGs website



Wessex Basic Ultrasound Theory Course

Who is it for?

This course is aimed to cover the theoretical requirements for the Basic Ultrasound modules. This year it will be held on Friday 28 April 2017 at Princess Anne Hospital, Southampton.

Please email to book your place.



Step Up Course

Who is it for?

ST2 trainees

Progression onto the registrar rota can be a time of apprehension for many trainees and here in Wessex we have developed a one day course to help ease this. Run by consultants and senior trainees, clinical scenarios that often make trainees anxious are discussed and taught through role play activities or mini tutorials. Senior trainees share their experiences and tips to help ease the transition. 

The course was first run in 2014 and has been positively received and has helped improve the general confidence and team working skills of those about to step onto the registrar rota.

The next Step Up course will be held on Tuesday 10th July 2018 in the Parentcraft Room at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth.




Who is it for?

ST2-3 trainees (mandatory for entry into ST4)

The ROBuST course has been successfully running for the last two years within the Wessex. The course has an excellent and experienced Faculty from all the Trusts around the region. The course is very interactive and aims to provide hands on training.

The next ROBuST courses will be held on 3 June 2019 and 25 November 2019. The course is also open to non Deanery trainees and non trainees.


This is a one day Intensive course with the aim of teaching skills related to operative vaginal birth. This course provides instruction and hands-on practice in all methods of operative vaginal birth (both non-rotational and rotational) to facilitate the achievement of the OSAT competencies on the RCOG Training matrix. Techniques for performing a caesarean section at full dilatation are also covered. The course is very interactive and gives opportunities for the delegates to practice on simulators.

The course consists of:

  • Short lectures
  • Hands-on workshops
  • Small group discussions
  • One to one teaching
  • Team working and communication
  • Technical and Non technical Skills for Surgeons (NOTTS)

The ROBuST Manual will be sent to you prior to the course. Lunch and Refreshments will be provided



Education Room, Princess Anne Hospital, Southampton Coxford Road, SO16 5YA


Gynaecological Minimal Access Training (GMAT)

Who is it for?

ST1-4 trainees

Course to allow basic diagnostic laparoscopic and hysteroscopic skills to be ascertained in a safe unpressured environment. The course is heavily funded by the deanery so costs just £50 per person normally.

    Stations are laparoscopic and hysteroscopic using operative surgical stacks as found in theatres with routine tasks on wet and dry stations. Skills worked on are hand eye co-ordination and multiple instrument use including diathermy. There are also simulated ectopic pregnancies to operate on. If time and skills permit some suturing if requested. 
    A day in the parent craft room with live links to theatre. Up to 6 Live surgical cases at slower rate than usual operating allowing for explanation & questions, with lectures surrounding safety and entry interspersed.


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