Recruitment to RCOG ATSM: Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery for the Excision of Benign Disease

Sub-Specialty Training Posts 1

Recruitment Timetable

Apply from 15 January 2018
Closing date 29 January 2018
Interview dates 16 March 2018.

Health Education England, working across the south west are pleased to ask for applications for the RCOG Advanced Training Skills Module – Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery for the Excision of Benign Disease.  This module provides an exciting opportunity to develop skills in the area of advanced laparoscopic surgery.  This is a highly specialised training programme and details of the curriculum are available on the ATSM page of the RCOG website .  Successful completion of the ATSM requires candidates to achieve a wide range of competencies and this is expected to require 24 months in training.

One post is available in the Severn Postgraduate Medical Education, Bristol commencing in August 2018.  The preceptor is Mr Sanjay Vyas, Consultant Gynaecologist . This post is for up to 24 months.  

Applicants must have a UK NTN and should have a desire to develop a special interest in laparoscopic surgery, being able to demonstrate a degree of aptitude in this surgical field.  The successful applicant may require to move Deanery to take up post – this will involve requesting an Inter-Programme transfer within HEESW.

It is expected that the trainee will be able to complete a second RCOG ATSM during this advanced laparoscopic training in order to complete the requirements for CCT.

The applicant will continue on national terms & conditions as a specialty trainee and will be employed by NBT for the duration of this post.


Levels recruiting to

At the start of the ATSM programme (August 2018) the trainee will be a UK NTN holder working as a year ST5 or ST6 trainee with at least 18 months whole time equivalent training time until CCT.


Application process:

South West HEE is holding a local process for recruiting trainees into RCOG ATSM Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery for the Excision of Benign Disease. Before applying please read the person specification in the 'RESOURCES' tab to assess your suitability. This will be available at the time of the application opening. Please note that MRCOG Part 3 must be held by the time of interview.


Applications open on 15 January 2018 at 10am:

Applications should consist of:

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Personal Statement outlining interest in this post
  3. Letter of Recommendation from a Mentor


All of the above documents should be sent to Caroline Stitfall by the closing date*


Interview date

Interviews will be held at Southmead Hospital on the morning of Friday 16 March 2018.


Key dates

Applications open:           15 January 2018 at 10:00am

Applications close:           29 January 2018 at 10:00pm*

Interview date:                 Friday 16 March 2018 - am           

Interview venue:              Southmead Hospital


The post is available from August 2018.


Interview process

Length of interview: 60 minutes

Interview structure:  A three station interview. Each station will cover different criteria from the person specification and last for twenty minutes. There will be a station comprising of a structured interview, a practical skills test on a mannikin and a clinical scenario.  


General ATSM queries will often be answered by the RCOG FAQ page at  

Training Programme

Programme details will be confirmed directly with the successful candidate by the Severn Postgraduate Medical Education.

Training for the advanced gynaecological laparoscopic surgery ATSM

Southmead Hospital


Bristol BS10 5NB


Preceptor: Mr Sanjay Vyas MD FRCOG, Consultant Gynaecologist,

Lead for advanced gynaecological laparoscopic surgery and endometriosis,

President elect BSGE



The department of Women’s Health at Southmead Hospital, Bristol is one of the largest in the country. We have 6,500 deliveries a year, a level 3 NICU and strengths in all areas of benign gynaecology.

The department is based in a modern, dedicated unit within the site of a major teaching hospital.



The gynaecology unit at Southmead Hospital is a tertiary referral centre for the care of women with severe endometriosis, urogynaecology and subfertility. It is a BSGE Accredited Centre for the treatment of severe endometriosis.

We run weekly endometriosis clinics, and five laparoscopic surgery lists a week. Patients are seen in the dedicated clinics and further assessment determines the involvement of the colorectal and urology teams. On average, we operate with the colorectal team on at least one list per month.

We have dedicated gynaecology operating theatres with twin 4K Olympus stacks and a wide range of modern energy devices.


Training in advanced laparoscopic surgery

The fellow will be attached to Sanjay Vyas and will be exposed to laparoscopic ovarian surgery, excision of recto-vaginal, bowel and bladder endometriosis and total laparoscopic hysterectomy. Mr Valentine Akande will provide training in laparoscopic myomectomy. The trainee will also be able to attend ultrasound and MRI sessions with a particular focus on gynaecology and endometriosis as well as Mr Madhu’s laparoscopic urogynaecology lists. The 2 year programme will cover the entire ATSM syllabus, and provide exposure to wider surgical expertise. We have an extensive range of training boxes and a LapSim for use by the trainee.


General duties

The fellow will participate in the general obstetrics and gynaecology on-call rota. Depending on the structure of the middle grades at the time, some of this may be as third on-call. The trainee will be a member of the organising committee of the Cardiff / Bristol BSGE Annual Scientific Meeting at Celtic Manor in 2019.


Educational supervision

Sanjay Vyas ( will be the educational supervisor for the fellow (PA: Alison Hodges on 0117 414 6748).



Sanjay Vyas

6 December 2017