PROMPT training uses a variety of teaching methods to embed the latest evidence-based practice into labour ward teams’ clinical care. We encourage the use of:

  • Lectures
  • Hands-on skills stations
  • Simulation scenarios in the clinical area


Our lectures cover the key aspects of safe obstetric care in labour, and the management of obstetric conditions and emergencies. Key topics include:

  • Team-working and human factors
  • National reports
  • Impacted fetal head at caesarean section
  • Pre-eclampsia and eclampsia
  • Maternal sepsis
  • Maternal haemorrhage
  • Shoulder dystocia
  • Vaginal breech birth
  • COVID-19 in pregnancy

Skills stations

The skills stations on PROMPT allow the entire labour ward team to practice a variety of practical skills. In this way, even team members who would not usually perform the skills have a better understanding of what each skills involves, and therefore how they can best provide support and assistance.

Our skills stations include:

  • Management of shoulder dystocia
  • Management of vaginal breech delivery

Examples of how these skills are taught on PROMPT can be seen on the PROMPT YouTube channel.

Simulation scenarios

PROMPT simulation scenarios are designed to take place in the clinical area, thereby replicating the environment, equipment and challenges that occur when real emergencies occur. We encourage the use of patient actors to emphasise communication skills; and low-tech, cost-effective but realistic props to support the learning needs without unnecessary expense.

Our scenarios concentrate on team-working skills as well as clinical skills, giving clinical staff a deeper understanding of why teams perform the way they do rather than just how they perform.

PROMPT provides the tools to run over 20 potential simulation scenarios, including:

  • Impacted fetal head
  • Pre-eclampsia and eclampsia
  • Maternal haemorrhage
  • Maternal sepsis
  • Maternal critical care
  • Twin birth
  • Uterine inversion
  • Local anaesthetic toxicity
  • Maternal collapse
  • Pre-hosptial emergencies for Paramedics and ambulance staff