Applications for the 2023 BSGE RIGS HUB National Training programme are now closed. This a centralised, standardised BSGE programme, that is delivered through a series of hands on workshops at laparoscopic hubs within each deanery and online webinars. Each workshop will be facilitated by RIGS regional representatives, along with a BSGE faculty within each hub. There are 3 programme streams (Basic, Intermediate and Advanced) and the content aligns with the requirements of the core RCOG curriculum.

This year we have changed the programme so that each stream is completed in 1 day. If you are successful in gaining a place on the programme you are required to book study leave as follows: 

12th September 2023 – Basic

19th September 2023- RIGS HUB Webinar at 18:00

16th October 2023- RIGS HUB Webinar at 18:00

19th October 2023 – Intermediate

14th November 2023 – Advanced

29th November 2023- RIGS HUB Webinar at 18:00


Full programme details will be available soon. Once we have confirmed your application to the programme was successful, we will be able to confirm the location within your region where the training will take place. As some regions are large, and this year we may combine regions, you should expect to travel for the training.

To view a list of RIGS regional representatives and their contact details (Click here)

Donna Ghosh (BSGE Chair for Laparoscopic Training)
Jessica Preshaw, CP Lim & Angharad Jones (BSGE Laparoscopic Training Sub-committee)
Lina Antoun & Samantha Kirkwood (BSGE Trainee Representatives)
BSGE RIGS HUB National Training Programme Committee


  • All applicants must be BSGE members at the time of application.
  • All trainees are eligible to apply whether or not a national training number (NTN) with the RCOG is held.
  • All trainees must be based in the UK or Ireland.
  • Applicants on maternity leave or out of programme will be eligible to apply.
  • If you have completed a programme stream in 2022 you are eligible to re-apply to the same stream.

Selection criteria

  • Those who applied in 2022 who were not offered a stream will be offered a place this year if they complete registration and meet the eligibility criteria
  • Trainees who have not completed the programme stream will be prioritised above those who have already completed a stream
  • Trainees should apply to the stream appropriate to their level of training if they have not completed any previous streams (e.g. ST1/2 = Basic, ST3-5 = Intermediate, ST6/7 or completing ATSMs = Advanced)

NEW FOR 2023

  • A trainee may apply to a higher stream if they have completed the lower stream programme e.g. ST2 can apply to intermediate if they have completed basic programme, ST5 can apply to advanced if they have completed intermediate programme.
  • However we will not accept ST1 into intermediate or ST4 or lower into advanced.
  • NTN in clinical post are selected above NTN in a current research post.
  • Non-NTN trainees doing ATSMs are selected above Non-NTN not doing ATSMs
  • Where a trainee has requested to enter a lower programme stream, and spaces permit, they are applied to their requested lower stream
  • Trainees cannot apply to a higher stream that their level of training at time of application. If you apply to a higher stream than your training position your application will be void.
  • The higher training level is prioritised a place within a stream where it is oversubscribed (e.g. ST7 above ST6 etc) as lower training levels in each stream have further opportunity to apply within their stream in subsequent years.
  • If all trainees are at the same level, selection is made by those who completed a previous stream and then by earliest application.
  • If a trainee does not get a place in their default stream, they are offered a place in the lower stream (if there are sufficient spaces available in the lower stream to accommodate them) or an alternative training venue.
  • ATSMs are used to select trainees in the advanced stream where it is oversubscribed in this order Advanced laparoscopy, BAS, sub spec gynae, Acute gynae, oncology, other.