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Date: October 14th 2018
Time: 09:00 – 15:00 including a lunch break
Location: to be confirmed
Language: English
Organisers: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

You can join the RCOG President and Vice Presidents as the RCOG offer delegates insight into two of our world class global health programmes with this two-part pre-congress workshop.

The workshop is suitable for all healthcare professionals and will be interactive with ‘hands on’ and skills based learning objectives.

This is a unique opportunity to network and develop your skills with a globally recognised faculty. Places are limited and we anticipate that there will be high demand.

Workshop 1 –  Quality Improvement and Safety in the Second Stage (QISSS)

This workshop is for doctors working in maternity services and any other professionals competent to perform caesarean delivery. It is part of the ongoing RCOG QISSS training package which promotes not only the appropriate, safe and successful use of operative vaginal delivery (vacuum and forceps) but also focuses on clinical decision making in the second stage of labour to enable high quality and safe care for women at the end of their labour.

The workshop will also include other quality improvement issues in second stage of labour management such as the prevention of obstetric anal injuries and techniques to minimise the complications of second stage caesarean section.

Our experienced international faculty come from high and low resource environments and we will consider the impact of resource when delivering the modules. The workshop style will be small group teaching together with practical, ‘hands on’ methods and a small proportion of lecture time.

This workshop has the potential to reduce unnecessary caesarean sections and where they are performed to minimize complications, saving womens’ lives. Other benefits may be to reduce rates of obstetric anal sphincter injuries and increase the accurate identification and grading of the injuries, as well as reducing rates of iatrogenic and obstructive fistula.

The RCOG is best placed to lead such a workshop on quality improvement and safety, given its reputation and experience in delivering high quality, relevant and evidence-based training in women’s healthcare.

There is also a professional and advocacy aspect to QISSS. We believe that there is a role for the RCOG in clearly recommending that doctors in training should gain skills in operative vaginal delivery, rather than seeing caesarean section as the ‘easy

option’ when there are problems in the second stage of labour.

Workshop 2 – Essential Gynecological Skills (EGS) and supporting survivors of gender-based violence.

This workshop is based on our Essential Gynaecological Skills programme.(EGS).

EGS is a training package which focuses specifically on identification, early intervention and management for gynaecological conditions.

The training is aimed at frontline health workers (nurses, doctors and midwives) who are based in low- and middle-income settings to support them in caring for women with a range of gynaecological health needs including: contraception, cervical cancer, sexually-transmitted infection, infertility and urogynaecological problems.

All of the training focuses upon delivering care to women and girls in a respectful and dignified way, using a human-rights based approach.

The training package also includes a module on gender-based violence because of the links between violence towards women and girls and gynaecological health problems. This can include violence such as sexual assault and rape, domestic violence, FGM, human-trafficking, forced prostitution and forced marriage.

In this workshop, attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about supporting survivors of gender-based violence through the guidance in the module from the EGS programme.

This will include:

  • Understanding risk factors and identifying ‘red flags’
  • Developing awareness of health consequences that may result from forms of violence against women and girls
  • Advice on health worker interventions – prevention of and response to violence against women and girls
  • Medical care for women who have suffered sexual assault
  • Helpful advice on taking a history sensitively and respectfully with someone who has survived a form of violence against them

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