London Specialty School of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

We aim to provide the most comprehensive and advanced training in obstetrics and gynaecology for postgraduate doctors in the UK. Based on their research and dedication to the challenging standards of the specialty, consultants trained at the London School will be committed to giving the highest quality of care throughout their careers.

Why choose this school?

Our school provides postgraduate medical training in obstetrics and gynaecology with balanced rotations through some of the best hospitals in the UK. These include eight major University hospitals and 21 busy district general hospitals. All rotations deliver the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology curriculum to a high standard.

Opportunities exist for training in all subspecialties at basic, intermediate, advanced and subspecialist level across London.

Trainees can undertake high-quality research through academic clinical fellow and clinical lecturer posts. We offer subspecialty training in all subspecialties and the full range of advanced specialist training modules (ASTMs) in the higher years.

The diversity of London’s population ensures that every trainee has the opportunity to treat all clinical conditions included in the curriculum, providing the richest and most rewarding training experience in the UK.

Head of School and Deputy

Greg

Mr Gregory Ward, FRCOG, Cert Hum (Open), is Head of London Specialty School of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Associate Postgraduate Dean and Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist at Croydon University Hospital.

His clinical interests include maternal medicine, gynaecological oncology, medical education and ethics. He has a long time interest and involvement in both undergraduate and postgraduate medical education and has been Chairman of the London South/KSS STC (2005-2012) and RCOG Regional Assessor for the Confidential Enquiry into Maternal and Child Health (2003-2011). He sits on the Specialty Education Advisory Committee of the RCOG and examines for the MRCOG.

He teaches in Faculty Development courses and is a trained mentor/ coach using this expertise to support and develop specialty trainees, including doctors in difficulty.

Sonji

Dr Sonji Clarke is a consultant obstetrician with an interest in high risk obstetrics, including neurological diseases in pregnancy and pregnancy with complex social factors.

 She has wide ranging educational interests, including contributing to careers programmes in secondary schools and providing PHSE materials for both primary school children and their parents. She is an honorary senior lecturer at King’s College London with some responsibility for pastoral care of medical students as well as teaching. She has a Masters in Academic Practice and works together with Greg Ward as his deputy for the London School of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

She is passionate about providing the tools during training to develop consultants appropriate for the 21st century. Sonji has 3 children and 2 ocicats that her children think she's obsessed with. She is a strong believer in laughter being good medicine.

 Our programmes

All our programmes offer high quality core training in the first two years. In years two to five the web based learning tool StratOG forms the foundation of the curriculum delivery. Progress to ST3 requires the MRCOG Part 1 and completion of core skills including decision making, leadership and team working. Progression is based on appraisal and assessment processes with matching schemes that promote the educational needs of the individual but also reward excellence, hard work and commitment to the specialty.

At years six and seven assignment of the ASTMs is by competitive interview and workforce requirements. Subspecialty training is awarded through open competition across the UK and EU.