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Honorary Chair | RCOG World Congress 2025 Scientific Programme Committee

Responsibilities of the Honorary Chair include:

  • Chair regular meetings of the programme committee
  • Deliver a balanced programme across the spectrum of obstetrics and gynaecology that is of interest to a global audience
  • Ensure that the final Congress programme is delivered in a timely manner, within budget, to enable promotion and organisation of the event 

The Scientific Programme Committee is responsible for all clinical aspects of the Congress programme including:

  • Scientific programme
  • Workshops
  • Abstracts, oral and e-poster presentations

The committee meets once a week remotely.

This appointment is for a one-year term beginning in July 2024 and will be appointed by interview. 

UK Fellows, Members and SAS/LE doctors are eligible to apply for this position.

Please see the role description, person specifications and other information at the bottom of the page.

How to apply

To apply, please complete the form via the button below. Once completed, you will be asked to share a CV with us via email to lwhitley@rcog.org.uk

 

Should you have any additional enquiries please email lwhitley@rcog.org.uk

Application deadline: Friday 31 May 2024

Interview date: Mid June 2024 (date tbc)

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Role description

Honorary Chair – Scientific Programme Committee, RCOG World Congress 2025

  • Senior and Global Health Vice President
  • President and Council

July 2024 – 31 July 2025

The RCOG World Congress 2025 will take place in London Excel on 23-25 June. Pre Congress workshops are likely to be held on Sunday 22 June at our headquarters in Union St. 

The Congress Programme Committee is responsible for all clinical aspects of the congress programme including:

  • Scientific Programme
  • Workshops
  • Abstracts, oral and e-poster presentations

The role of Chair of the programme committee is a key leadership role in the successful delivery of the 2025 Congress.

  • Chair
  • Senior Vice President, Global Health
  • Honorary Directors of Conferences x 2
  • International Council Representatives
  • Trainee Committee Representatives
  • RCOG Congress Manager
  • PCO Project manager and programme manager
  • Chair regular meetings of the programme committee
  • Ensure that the final Congress programme is delivered in a timely manner, within budget, to enable promotion and organisation of the event
  • Deliver a balanced programme across the spectrum of obstetrics and gynaecology that is of interest to a global audience
  • As an international Congress, ensure the programme has ample representation from non UK speakers
  • Ensure all speakers are leading experts in their topics with a good track record of speaking at international conferences, published work and research
  • Liaise with UK Specialist Societies to deliver their specialist sessions ensuring the above points. 
  • Oversee the work of a separate abstract and a workshop committee
  • Work with the PCO on speaker invites, acceptances and queries
  • Work with the rest of the scientific committee to select chairs for all sessions
  • Ensure inclusion of eponymous lectures such as the Green Armytage
  • Approve sponsored lunchtime symposia content
  • Committee members including Honorary Directors of Conferences
  • Council Members
  • President and Vice Presidents
  • International Representative Committees
  • Specialist Societies
  • Professional Conference Organiser
  • Congress Manager

This is a busy role and requires an individual who has the time and enthusiasm to devote to it. All meetings are held virtually and in recent years held weekly for one hour. Extra ad hoc meetings will be needed occasionally to meet with different interest groups.

The Chair will also be required to attend the Congress in person on 22 – 25 June 2025 at London Excel. RCOG will pay reasonable expenses in accordance with the RCOG travel and expenses policy. The role offers free registration at Congress.

This is a fixed term role and it is envisaged that different arrangements will take place for the 2026 Congress which will be overseas.

Person specification

Essential

  • FRCOG/MRCOG
  • Registered with a licence to practise with GMC, in good standing
  • Substantive consultant in obstetrics and/or gynaecology in UK NHS Practice
  • Evidence of annual appraisal
  • At least one fully completed CPD cycle

Essential

  • Must have served on the Congress programme committee as a member
  • Must have attended at least one World Congress
  • Regular attendee of other conferences worldwide
  • Able to maintain confidentiality and security
  • Punctuality and ability to complete tasks by prescribed deadlines.
  • Have a broad knowledge of leading international specialists/speakers
  • Excellent communication skills

CPD information

The 2019 RCOG CPD Guide can be found here.

Committee Chair/Member/Course Convenors and Organisers

If within your committee role or work as course convenor or organiser you gain knowledge which enhances patient care or leadership and technical skills (including for example, giving presentations, teaching sessions or mock examining) credits can be claimed as an ‘Experiential Learning Event’.

Reflection is required to claim credits for an Experiential Learning Event. 2 CPD credits are claimable following reflection. In addition 1 or 2 credits are claimable for an action following the learning (1 credit for a simple action, 2 credits for a complex action). To claim credits for an action, the individual needs to demonstrate how they have applied their learning to their practice, the service they provide and/or the potential impact of the learning.

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  • Professional recognition
  • Build networks and friendships
  • Career development
  • Make meaningful change
  • Wellbeing