A new competency-based ultrasound training programme that is compulsory for doctors undergoing speciality training in obstetrics and gynaecology is now being implemented nationally.
It has been agreed that much of the training will be delivered by sonographers following discussions between the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR).
Mr Christoph Lees, RCOG national ultrasound training co-ordinator said, “The RCOG programme provides for ‘deanery ultrasound co-ordinators’ who will normally be obstetricians-gynaecologists and local ’ultrasound education supervisors’ who may, for example, be ultrasound department managers or lead sonographers.
“The intention is that there are local discussions between these individuals as to how the RCOG training can be delivered, taking into account the number of potential trainees of all disciplines, the numbers already being trained within the department (including sonographer trainees), the available workforce and department capacity.”
NHS trusts and boards will be expected to implement the training as part of the core syllabus requirements.
Audrey Paterson, Director of Professional Policy at the SCoR said, “The aim of the training is to improve maternal and women’s healthcare, especially outside of normal hours when sonographer cover may not be available. Sonographers have traditionally played a major role in the training of doctors in obstetric and gynaecological ultrasound and their involvement is not new.
“Everyone recognises the need for an inter-professional approach to ensure the new training programme is delivered effectively.”
To view the joint statement between the RCOG and SCoR on ultrasound training, please click here.
For more information about the O&G training programme and to speak to Mr Lees or Ms Paterson, please call 020 7772 6446.
Details of the new RCOG programme can be found here .