Non Technical Skills for Trainee Obstetricians

From: £200.00

Duration: 1 Day
Course Facilitators: Dr Sarah Barr, Dr Kate Patrick & Dr Oliver Milling-Smith

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Obstetrics and Gynaecology is a unique specialty. Obstetrics is particularly unusual in that our patients carry a passenger, have a tendency to become unwell or to bleed heavily, remain awake during elective and many emergency deliveries and have a partner, friend of parent by their side when the clinical situation deteriorates. All these stressors mean that the non-technical skills of communication and teamwork, situational awareness, leadership and decision making, are very useful skills to possess and develop.

Defined as ‘the cognitive and interpersonal skills that complement practical and technical competences, such as decision making, leadership and team working. In surgical specialties, these behavioural or non-technical aspects of performance (e.g. communication failures) are often the underlying causes of adverse events, rather than a lack of technical expertise.’ (RCOG)

The four main domains covered in the RCOG NOTSS tool are:-

  • Communication and team-working
  • Situational awareness
  • Decision making
  • Leadership

The course is scenario-based, using in-situ simulation facilities. The scenarios are NOT designed to test your knowledge or technical skills and these are not the focus of the day. We are aware of slight variations in clinical protocols in the various units across Scotland, therefore local Forth Valley or widely used national protocols and guidelines will be made available to you on the day.


  1. To promote non-technical skills education and training for Obstetrics trainees.
  2. To introduce ST1 to 2 and ST3 to 5 trainees in obstetrics and gynaecology to the NOTTS (non technical skills) for Labour Ward tool .
  3. To demonstrate candidates’ non-technical skills through 6 real-time filmed scenarios using video debriefing.

Duration:  1 Day

Course Facilitators: Dr Sarah Barr

Individual Rate: £200.  **WEST OF SCOTLAND TRAINEE PLACES ARE BEING FUNDED CENTRALLY**  If you are a WOS trainee, please let us know in the notes section of the online booking form and use the ‘request invoice’ payment option. 

To ensure that your place is funded, you MUST apply for study leave in advance of the course.

Candidates: 6 ST 1 TO 2 Trainees and 6 ST3 to 5 Trainees

Useful pre-course materials:

Pre-course reading:

Jackson S, Brackley K, Landau A, Hayes K. Assessing non-technical skills on the delivery suite: a pilot study. The Clinical Teacher 2014; 11: 375-380

Jackson S, Hayes K, HInshaw K. The relevance of non-technical skills in obstetrics and gynaecology. The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist 2013;15:269-274