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ASMs

The Advanced Skills Modules (ASMs) are concise modules which concentrate on a specific area of clinical practice.

How to register for an ASM

To register for an ASM, you need to apply prospectively to the RCOG.

Before applying

  • If you’re an NTN holder, you should discuss your ASM plans at your ARCP at the end of year 4. Please note that the ASM will not count as an ATSM towards CCT.
  • If you’re in a non-training grade, you should discuss your ASM plans at your annual appraisal
  • All doctors need to consult with their deanery ATSM Director to confirm that training in the requested ASM is available

Application process

This includes obtaining signatures from the people involved in the specific ASM module:

  •  ASM Educational Supervisor(s) in charge of that ASM, these are likely the same individuals as the ATSM Educational Supervisors to date
  •  ASM Preceptor(s) with responsibility for that module, these are likely the same individuals as the ATSM Preceptors
  •  Deanery Director of ATSMs
  • Clinical Director if you are a non-NTN holder

Send the completed registration form with all required signatures either as hard or an electronic copy to the Trainees' Coordinator at the RCOG:

  • Email: ppayne@rcog.org.uk
  • Post: Trainees’ Coordinator, Education Policy, RCOG, 27 Sussex Place, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4RG

 

How to pay the registration fee

The ASM registration fee is £141.00. On receipt or your completed form the registration fee will be added to your RCOG account for payment online.

How completion of an ASM is signed off

An ASM is complete once all of the components have been completed to the satisfaction of your ASM Preceptor and ASM Educational Supervisor.

  • Once you’ve completed an ASM, you’ll need to complete the ASM notification of completion of training form (Word document)
    (Note – this is the same form as for ATSMs and again all references to ATSMs have been replaced with ASM)
  • You’ll need to sign the form, and also obtain signatures from:
    • your ASM Educational Supervisor(s)
    • your ASM Preceptor(s)
    • your deanery ATSM Director
  • Send the completed form to the Trainees’ Coordinator at the RCOG

 

ASM in Safe Practice in Abortion Care

This ASM replaces the Abortion Care ATSM.

The Safe Practice in Abortion Care ASM (Word document) will prepare you to provide abortion care based upon best practice and covers medical and surgical methods of termination up to 23+6 weeks’ gestation. The surgical skills, however, may be undertaken to one of three thresholds: 13+6 weeks, 18+6 weeks or 23+6 weeks.

  • The application process for the 13+6 and 18+6 weeks threshold follows the ATSM application process. The module can be undertaken by NTN holders, non-training grades and consultants.
  • For the 23+6 weeks gestation threshold, a national recruitment process will be introduced and further information will be available here once the process has been determined.

This ASM can be undertaken by NTN holders (ST6 and above) in advanced training, non-training grades and post-CCT holders.

Curriculum

The ASM in Safe Practice in Abortion Care (Word document) provides full details for the content of this module

The ASM has no work intensity score.