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Optional laparoscopic urogynaecology module

This page provides details of the optional laparoscopic urgogynaecology module within subspecialty training in urogynaecology.

We have introduced an optional laparoscopic urogynaecology module for subspecialty trainees in urogynaecology. The module should be integrated into the training programme on an optional basis where the opportunity exists, as this form of surgery is integral to patient service provision in the centres where it is offered.

Who can undertake the optional module?

You can undertake the optional module if:

  • You started your subspecialty training after 15 April 2015, or
  • You have more than 12 months left of your subspecialty training from 15 April 2015, subject to laparoscopic procedures being integral to patient service provision in your centre, and provided you can meet all the required elements of the subspecialty curriculum in urogynaecology within the expected timeframe for completion of your training

You will not fail subspecialty training if you do not progress in the optional module. However, before registering for the module, please discuss with your trainer:

  • Your aptitude for laparoscopic surgery
  • Whether your subspecialty timetable would allow you to undertake the optional module while completing the essential competences for accreditation.

How to register

To register for the optional laparoscopic urogynaecology module, your Subspecialty Training Programme Supervisor (STPS) needs to submit a timetable to demonstrate that the module can be delivered alongside the urogynaecology subspecialty curriculum. As this is an optional module, your subspecialty training cannot be extended if you have not completed the optional module by the end of your subspecialty training.

The Subspecialty Committee would need to know the named supervisor for the optional module, as it may not be your STPS. The Subspecialty Committee would also need to be assured that undertaking the optional module would not impact the delivery of the mandatory components of the subspecialty curriculum. For this reason, laparoscopic pelvic floor surgery should be integral to service provision in your centre, so you can access appropriate caseload and supervision. This applies if you have already registered for subspecialty training in urogynaecology and if you are yet to register. If you fall into the latter category, please indicate if you intend to complete the optional module when you register.

Centres where a trainee has registered for the optional laparoscopic urogynaecology module:

  • Birmingham
  • Cambridge
  • Croydon University Hospital
  • Glasgow
  • King’s College Hospital
  • Leicester
  • Liverpool
  • Oxford
  • St Mary’s Hospital, London
  • St Mary’s Hospital, Manchester
  • Sheffield
  • University College London Hospital

We have added competence progression in the optional module to the subspecialty training assessment form.

Contact us

If you need further information, please email the Advanced Training Assistant or call +44 20 7772 6271.