Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Trainee post evaluation August 13- 'Very well supported job with lots of opportunity for learning and supervision by senior colleagues'

Friarage Hospital, Northallerton (FHN)

This is a modern and progressive unit, with 12 gynaecology beds and 31 maternity beds.  All consultants are actively involved in the teaching and training of junior staff.  As well as routine obstetrics and gynaecology, GPSTs will be able to gain experience in ultra sound, fetal assessment, early pregnancy assessment, infertility, urodynamics, minimal access surgery and colposcopy.

There is a departmental teaching session every week which is attended by all medical staff, as well as regular perinatal, gynae, pathology and ultrasound meetings.  Peripheral clinics are held in Richmond, Stokesley, Catterick and Thirsk.

From August 14 this post will include a two month placement at James Cook Univerity Hopsital, Middlesbrough.  This will provide excellent learning opportunities in the acute setting.  This placement will be carefully managed to avoid disruption ensuring learning needs are met.


Obstetrics & Gynaecology

James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough (JCUH)

The obstetrics and gynaecology unit was built in 1988, with 25 in-patient and six day-case gynaecological beds and 69 (in total) obstetric beds. The number of deliveries for 1998 was 3517.  Subspeciality training opportunities include colposcopy and gynaecological oncology; minimal access gynaecological surgery, infertility and assisted conception, obstetric ultrasound and feto-maternal medicine and urogynaecology.  In addition, specialist services that GPST have dedicated exposure to as a training opportunity include – early pregnancy assessment including the medical management of miscarriages, genito-urinary medicine, family planning and pregnancy advisory service.

As well as the above training opportunities there is dedicated teaching time in the form of one session per month for departmental audit and postgraduate teaching.  Each trainee is encouraged to pursue an audit project during their attachment.  In addition there are two lunchtime tutorial sessions per week.  GPSTs are expected to be involved in the teaching of attached undergraduates, from Newcastle or Dundee University.  All GPST posts are recognised for both DRCOG and MRCOG.  At present a team system is maintained with each GPST attached to one or two consultants (obstetrics and/or gynaecology) for three months at a time.

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