Our training programme
UK training in O&G requires a minimum of 7 years of specialty training (ST1–ST7), to be completed following the two years of foundation training. The programme is divided into basic, intermediate and advanced levels of training.
The programme follows the core curriculum, and also incorporates ultrasound training. Once you progress into advanced training, you’ll start to develop the specific skills needed for the areas in which you wish to practise as a consultant by choosing Advanced Training Skills Modules (ATSMs) or by applying for subspecialty training. If you wish to pursue an academic career, you’ll need to complete the academic curriculum.
Once you’ve successfully completed the programme, you’ll be awarded a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) or a Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration – Combined Programme (CESR(CP)), depending on your route through training. This qualifies you for entry onto the Specialist Register in the UK, which you need to be able to practise as a consultant in the NHS.
The HEIW Obstetrics and Gynaecology training programme training programme has approximately 70 trainees in total.
Our ST1 intake is usually 10, depending on training numbers. The usual split is: 3 of our training posts in North Wales and 7 in South Wales.
Example of previous rotations for ST1-3:
PCH/ Royal Gwent/ Royal Gwent
Wrexham/Ysbyty Gwynedd/ Ysbyty Gwynedd
Obstetrics and Gynaecology trainees in the Wales Deanery rotate around the following health boards:
Aneurin Bevan health board
Betsi Cadwaladr University health board
Cardiff and Vale health board
Cwm Taf Morgannwg University health board
Hywel Dda health board
Swansea Bay University health board
When applying for O&G training in Wales you will be able to preference your placements. A three year rotation will be advertised to you, although years two and three are subject to change we try and adhere to these as much as we can. These three year rotations will give you an idea of where you will be for the first three years of training. When you enter ST4+ you will be able to preference your placements. We try to allocate you with one of your top three placements where possible.
All trainees will spend at least 2 years training in a larger hospital in South Wales.
The curriculum, set by the RCOG offers broad-based training in both Obstetrics and Gynaecology for the five years with opportunity to specialise in different areas in the final two years of training.
We are happy to support less than full time training and out of programme opportunities. Please see our policies regarding LTFT and OOP below: