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

Sub-Specialty Training Posts 1

Recruitment Timetable

Apply from 13 November 2020
Closing date 11 December 2020
Interview dates 4 February 2021.

We 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 commencing August 2021. The preceptor is Miss Jessica Preshaw, Consultant Gynaecologist. This post is for up to 24 months.

Applicants must have an 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.

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

Please note: Any ST5 trainee who has completed their intermediate competencies and should be eligible to enter ST6 by 4 August 2021, but has been unable to sit MRCOG part 3 due to exam cancellations, can still progress to ST6 and is eligible to apply for the ATSM in advanced laparoscopic surgery.

The applicant will continue on national terms and conditions as a specialty trainee and will be employed by North Bristol NHS Trust for the duration of this post.


Levels recruiting to

Applicants must be working at ST6 level with a minimum 18 months whole time equivalent training time until CCT from commencement of the ATSM programme (August 2021).


Application process

South West HEE is holding a local process for recruitment. Prior application please read the person specification 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 13 November 2020 at 10:00am:

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*

**Please note that late applications cannot be accepted**


Key dates

Applications open: 13 November 2020 at 10:00am

Applications close: 11 December 2020 at 5:00pm*

Interview date: afternoon of 4 February 2021


Interview process

Online interview; details and structure of the interview to be confirmed.



General ATSM queries will often be answered on the RCOG FAQ page.


Training Programme

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

Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery for the Excision of Benign Disease ATSM: Job Description

Southmead Hospital, Bristol BS10 5NB



Miss Jessica Preshaw MRCOG, Consultant Gynaecologist & Endometriosis Lead



North Bristol NHS Trust is the largest trust in the South West region and one of the largest trusts in the country. Last year the trust treated over 100,000 inpatients, over 350,000 outpatients, 90,000 emergency department patients and helped deliver over 6,000 babies. It employs more than 9,500 staff and has approximately 1,050 inpatient beds and income in excess of £540 million.

The trust provides medical, surgical, neonatal and maternity care for its population of approximately 1 million people in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset. The trust also provides regional services including neurosciences, orthopaedics, pathology, plastic surgery and burns, renal medicine, transplant and urology and is a major trauma centre for the West Country.

The main Brunel building is regarded as one of the best hospital facilities in Europe. The women and children’s services are delivered on the same site in a closely adjacent building. The trust has teaching status and is linked with the University of Bristol and the University of West of England.



The gynaecology unit 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.

With two full time consultants and one endometriosis clinical nurse specialist we run fortnightly endometriosis clinics (average eight per month), and approximately four 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 jointly with the colorectal team on at least one list per month. There is a monthly endometriosis MDT.

Training in advanced laparoscopic surgery

The fellow will be attached to Jessica Preshaw and will be exposed to laparoscopic ovarian surgery, excision of recto-vaginal, bowel and bladder endometriosis and total laparoscopic hysterectomy. Mr Valentine Akande provides training in laparoscopic myomectomy. The trainee will also be able to attend ultrasound and MRI sessions with a particular focus on gynaecology and endometriosis. The 2-year programme will cover the entire ATSM syllabus and provide exposure to wider surgical expertise. The department also has a LapSim VR trainer and variety of laparoscopic box trainers.


General duties

The fellow will participate in the general obstetrics and gynaecology on-call rota. Depending on the configuration of the middle grade tier, a 2-tier registrar on-call system is adopted.


Educational supervision

Jessica Preshaw ( will be the educational supervisor for the fellow.

Secretaries: Shelagh Gosling and Alison Hodges 01174146748