The Covid-19 pandemic brought substantial changes in clinical practice in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (O and G). Redeployment of staff and restrictions in elective services raised training concerns. We sought to assess the impact on subspecialty training, to identify issues to help mitigate the impact. We conducted cross-sectional anonymous electronic surveys of UK subspecialty trainees at three time points: June 2020, February 2021, September 2021. Surveys were analysed by descriptive statistics and thematic analysis of free-text responses. Response rates ranged from 30% to 40%, with higher response rates from urogynaecology trainees. Up to 72% reported an impact on training, most notable in gynaecological subspecialties, and particularly urogynaecology, which persisted over time. More than a third anticipated needing extra time to complete training. This raises serious future workforce and patient care concerns. Clinical recovery should consider training needs as essential when re-establishing services. Subspecialty trainees may need additional time to achieve competencies required of future consultants.


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Currie, J., Saso, S., Guerrero, K. & Davies, M. 2022, 'Impact of covid-19 on subspecialty training in obstetrics and gynaecology', Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 42(8), pp. 3545-3551. https://doi.org/10.1080/01443615.2022.2153654

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