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ATSM: Advanced labour ward practice (2018)

The Advanced Labour Ward Practice (2018) ATSM provides in-depth training in intrapartum care and should be undertaken if you expect the labour ward to form a significant part of your future consultant role. It is compulsory if you wish to undertake the Labour Ward Lead (2018) ATSM.

Updates to the obstetric ATSMs, April 2018: The GMC has approved revisions to the obstetric ATSMs, which take effect from 1 April 2018. Find out more about the changes and how they affect you.


Curriculum and course syllabus

This ATSM has a work intensity score of 1.0. If you undertake this ATSM and the Labour Ward Lead (2018) ATSM concurrently, there is a combined work intensity score of 2.0.

Conferences and courses

  • Check our ATSM events listings for relevant courses and conferences, including Management of the Labour Ward.

Clinical guidelines


Workplace-based assessments (WPBAs)

For guidance on how WPBAs work, please go to the workplace-based assessments page.


You have to be competent in the following (please click on each bullet point for full details):


Log of experience 

The log of experience is designed to help you monitor your clinical experience and record your training. You don’t need to submit this log to the RCOG, but your School may want to see evidence of your experience. You can develop your own spreadsheet if you prefer.

Keep this log of experience in your Training ePortfolio. Record your training in as much detail as possible, for your own benefit as well as for your ATSM Preceptor and deanery.


Find out more

If you need any help or advice, please email the Trainees' Coordinator at or call +44 20 7772 6348.


Elsewhere on the site

Assessment of training
Information about sign-off of competencies, workplace-based assessments, ARCPs and more
Resources and support for trainees
Training guidelines, advice, useful resources and sources of support for trainees