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Practical courses – franchising

Our practical skills courses use a ‘train the trainers’ model to help delegates teach safe techniques to colleagues and future doctors, with the aim of reducing preventable harm to mothers and their babies. These courses are available for franchising.

RCOG Basic Practical Skills course

RCOG Basic Practical Skills course

RCOG Basic Practical Skills course

RCOG Operative Vaginal Birth Simulation Training (ROBuST)

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 consists of short lectures, hands-on workshops and small group discussions on teamwork and communication.

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Basic Practical Skills in Obstetrics and Gynaecology

This course introduces trainees to safe surgical techniques and obstetric clinical skills in a structured workshop environment. It is run at the RCOG but can also be run at regional centres provided the necessary requirements are met (this is confirmed during the application process).

The course covers basic surgical skills across 3 modules:

  • Basic open general surgical techniques
  • Obstetric skills
  • Gynaecological procedures (hysteroscopy and laparoscopy)

Get involved with Basic Practical Skills

PROMPT (PRactical Obstetric Multi-Professional Training)

PROMPT is a multi-professional obstetric emergencies training package that aims to reduce preventable harm to mothers and their babies by improving knowledge, clinical skills and team working. It consists of interactive drills and workshops that provide hands-on experience of practical skills and decision making in simulated obstetric emergency situations, such as:

  • Maternal sepsis
  • Major obstetric haemorrhage
  • Uterine inversion
  • Vaginal breech birth
  • Newborn resuscitation

PROMPT has been developed for use in local maternity units and can be adapted for a variety of local settings.

Each unit receives a ‘Course in a Box’ to facilitate in-house multi-professional obstetric emergencies training. The Course in a Box includes the Course and Trainers’ Manuals and a DVD of algorithms, implementation tools, scenarios and videos.

To buy PROMPT course manuals, please visit the Cambridge University Press website. The RCOG and Cambridge work in partnership to publish books for women’s health care professionals.


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Franchising policy
Read the College’s policy and procedures relating to franchised courses
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