Delivering Excellence – Ulster Hospital Among Top Ten Training Hospitals In UK

10th August 2023
• Dr Craig Renfrew (Associate Medical Director), Mr Charlie Martyn, (Medical Director), Dr Cathryn Sproule (Trainee Doctor, Obstetrics), Dr Caroline Bryson (Consultant Obstetrician) & Dr Claire Dougan (Consultant Obstetrician)

For the fourth time, the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust has been highly commended by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, following a National Training Evaluation Survey, placing the Maternity Unit at the Ulster Hospital within the top ten across the United Kingdom for Obstetric training.

The survey completed by Trainee Doctors, included data from over 200 training hospitals nationally. The range of topics in the survey addressed educational supervision, support and training, regional teaching, professional development, clinical governance and the work environment. An average score was used to give an overall ranking of performance in Obstetric training and professional development.

Delighted with the commendation, Medical Director, Mr Charlie Martyn said, “I am immensely proud of our Consultant body and wider team around the provision of support and training they provide for our next generation of Doctors and Specialists.  This recognition is a major achievement.

Special thanks are extended to Dr Caroline Bryson, Dr Claire Dougan (College Tutor, South Eastern Trust) and Dr Craig Renfrew.”

Recognising the achievements of staff, Associate Clinical Director for Obstetrics & Gynaecology and former College Tutor, Dr Caroline Bryson added, “ We are delighted to receive this recognition of excellence in training form the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. It is very positive feedback, particularly as it comes directly from our trainees in the specialty. I wish to express my gratitude to the trainers, especially the Consultant body, Specialty Doctors and our Midwifery colleagues.”

Acknowledging the award, Associate Medical Director, Medical Education, Dr Craig Renfrew stated, “ I would like to congratulate all the trainers in the Obstetrics Department in the Ulster Hospital on their recent award by the Royal College as highly commended for Obstetric training.

“This award is a result of reports from the trainees who have benefitted from being on placement this year in the unit.  It reflects the dedication of the trainers in providing training in a safe and high quality programme.”

Further information on the survey can be found on the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists website –