The Officers and Council of the RCOG are pleased to announce that Dr Anthony Dale Falconer has been elected as the new President. Dr Falconer will take up his post from 24 September 2010.
Dr Falconer is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust and was lead clinician for gynaecological oncology and colposcopy services at Derriford Hospital from 2000 – 2007.
In his hospital management responsibilities, he has been involved in service reconfiguration, standards-setting, guideline formulation and the audit of surgical activity. He has also undertaken enquiries of services and individual doctors in difficulty. Dr Falconer is currently Senior Vice President of the RCOG with responsibilities for International work. His main role has been to ensure that the specialty is actively involved in helping to fulfil the UN Millennium Development Goals through reducing maternal mortality and morbidity in under-resourced countries. This ongoing work is in collaboration with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. To that end, he oversees the development of the College’s international development policies at a strategic level. At a tactical level, he is a firm advocate of capacity building schemes and has advanced the College’s efforts in knowledge and resource sharing with healthcare professionals through the Life Saving Skills – Emergency Obstetric Care courses run in partner countries.
Dr Falconer is a graduate of the University of Bristol. He undertook his clinical training at the Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh (his home city), University and City Hospitals of Nottingham and Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa. He undertook basic science research training at the University of Nottingham. He was appointed Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in Plymouth in 1986.
Dr Falconer said “I feel privileged to have been elected by my peers for this very important role and would like to thank them for giving me the opportunity to lead the specialty over the next three years.
“The current challenges facing the NHS include workforce, quality of care and training on a background of financial instability and possible political change. The needs of our patients must always come first but we require imaginative and ambitious ideas to tackle these fundamental principles. Within the global context we must continue to translate our educational resources and leadership skills to assist in the provision of women’s healthcare in very different and often disadvantaged communities. The Millennium Developments Goals will only be reached by the continued involvement of the West.
“Our role as a medical professional body is to work with government, the civil service and other organisations such as the Royal College of Midwives so that safe and good quality services are provided on the NHS. There will be occasions when we will need to speak out on behalf of the women we serve and our specialty, and when the need arises, we shall do so with steely determination and commitment, confident that our voice will be heard.”
Professor Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, RCOG President said “Dr Falconer is an exceptional clinician and trainer. He is passionate about women’s health in under-resourced settings and has done much to improve his local services. I have no doubt the RCOG will achieve much under his leadership.”
Current President Prof Sir Arulkumaran congratulating President-elect Dr Falconer
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