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RCOG Educational Observership Programme

Applications were open from Monday 3 July to Friday 11 August 2023 5pm UK time.

All applications submitted successfully before the deadline are currently being reviewed and applicants will be informed of the outcome in due course.

The RCOG is piloting an Educational Observership Programme for international RCOG Fellows and Members in low and middle income countries. Educational Observerships provide the opportunity for doctors to observe clinical practice in the UK. We are offering Fellows and Members the opportunity to apply for one of three awards (up to £3,000 each) to cover the costs of travel and subsistence contribution and to match successful applicants with an RCOG approved host site organisation for a 2-4 week observership placement. The aim is to disseminate knowledge in specialist areas of O&G, for example, urogynaecology, gynaecology oncology, reproductive medicine and surgery, maternal medicine, fetal medicine and labour ward practice.

Prize

Three placements of up to £3,000.

Eligibility

The RCOG is committed to promoting equal opportunities. We value diversity, promote equality and challenge discrimination. We encourage and welcome applications from people of all backgrounds. Applicants must be either an RCOG Fellow or Member and must be working in a low or middle income country. Please refer to the RCOG country bandings. Low and middle income countries are listed in bands B and C.

RCOG approved host site organisations, and the specialist areas of O&G that they are able to support:

Host site 1:

Areas of specialist interest available:

Fetomaternal medicine, obstetrics

Hospital site:

The Jessop Wing, Royal Hallamshire Hospital (Sheffield)

Trust/Health Board website:

www.sth.nhs.uk

Estimated length of time to complete observership applicant approval:

4-6 weeks

Preferred dates for an observership placement:

From October 2023

Will the host site provide accommodation or assist the observer in securing reasonably priced accommodation nearby?

The host site will direct the observer to reasonably priced accommodation but the observer will need to make their private arrangements.

Host site contact:

workforce@rcog.org.uk

Host site 2:

Area of specialist interest available:

Maternal medicine

Hospital site:

Epsom and St Helier University Hospital NHS Trust

Trust/Health Board website:

www.epsom-sthelier.nhs.uk

Estimated length of time to complete observership applicant approval:

4 weeks

Preferred dates for an observership placement:

Flexible, but please avoid August 2023

Will the host site provide accommodation or assist the observer in securing reasonably priced accommodation nearby?

No

Host site contact:

workforce@rcog.org.uk

Host site 3:

Areas of specialist interest available:

Urogynaecology and childbirth related pelvic floor trauma

Hospital site:

Croydon University Hospital

Trust/Health Board website:

www.croydonhealthservices. nhs.uk

Estimated length of time to complete observership applicant approval:

2-4 weeks

Preferred dates for an observership placement:

January 2024

Will the host site provide accommodation or assist the observer in securing reasonably priced accommodation nearby?

No

Host site contact:

workforce@rcog.org.uk

How to apply

Applications for the programme are now closed.

If you would like to apply for the RCOG Educational Observership Programme you will need to complete and submit an online application form via Oxford Abstracts.

For further guidance on how to submit your application, please see Oxford Abstracts' guidance on making a submission.

As part of your application, you will be prompted to upload a short CV and a completed copy of the preliminary host site agreement form to support your application.

Before submitting your application form, you will need to make contact with your preferred host site to obtain further information about what is offered at the site, the requirements of the observership and any other relevant information. If the host site believes that the organisation is able to meet the learning objectives and professional needs of the observer, and that the observer is a suitable candidate for the host site’s observership, the host site will need to sign the host site preliminary agreement form. This signed form must be uploaded as part of your application. Applications without this form will not be eligible for this award.

Submissions will be dealt with in accordance with the RCOG Data Protection Policy. For more information please refer to the RCOG Privacy Policy.

To ensure a fair process to determine those who are successful for the RCOG educational observership programme, applications will be shortlisted by a panel and subsequent shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview. All applicants will be informed on the outcome of the application once shortlisting and interviews have been completed.

Dates of the placement for successful applicants will be agreed with the host site directly. All placements must be completed within 6 months of the award being confirmed.

If you have any queries regarding the programme, please email workforce@rcog.org.uk