The relevance of non-technical skills in obstetrics and gynaecology



Key content

  • The non-technical skills (NTS) as identified in the literature.
  • Developments in NTS training.
  • Current assessment practices and approaches to skills assessment in obstetrics and gynaecology.
  • Potential use of assessments of NTS in obstetrics and gynaecology.


  • Describe the NTS required in obstetrics and gynaecology and their relationship to performance.
  • Develop an awareness of how these skills may be formally assessed and the potential role of NTS feedback.

Ethical issues

  • What are the ethical issues relating to the involvement of trainees in education research at the same time as performing an assessment?
  • Is another assessment feasible within the constraints of our training programme?