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Course syllabus for labour ward lead ATSM

The labour ward lead ATSM course syllabus below lists the minimum requirements for a course to be suitable for the theoretical component of this module. The course should last 1 day.

Any times given or descriptions of activities within a course are given for guidance and as an example only. To establish whether a course is suitable, please compare this syllabus and the syllabus of a course on offer and take advice from your ATSM Preceptor. Please also read our general guidance on ATSM courses.

The College can’t offer advice or information relating to the suitability of courses except for courses run by the RCOG or jointly run by the RCOG and specialist societies.

Course syllabus – lecture topics and timings

  • Life as a labour ward lead (30 minutes)
  • How to set up scenarios and drills (30 minutes)
  • Demonstration of scenario teaching (30 minutes)
  • A guide to practical teaching – three examples of scenario teaching (30 minutes):
    • Shoulder dystocia after instrumental delivery
    • Maternal collapse due to massive haemorrhage
    • Fulminating PET
  • Principles of risk management (30 minutes)
  • Theories of root cause analysis (30 minutes)
  • Root cause analysis – practical demonstration (30 minutes)
  • Following up an incident from a legal perspective and anatomy of a claim (30 minutes)
  • New NHSLA standards (30 minutes)
  • Practical tips on how to achieve level 3 (20 minutes)

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