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RCOG Women’s Network

Please note: the RCOG Women’s Network was formerly known as the Consumers’ Forum.

Meeting dates (11:30 start)


  • Dates TBC


Reporting mechanism

The RCOG Women’s Network reports to the Clinical Quality Board.

Mission statement

‘Improving women’s health and experience of obstetrics and gynaecology services.’


  • To support and provide a resource for the RCOG to deliver a professional service that meets the needs and aspirations of women.
  • To support effective communication between professionals and the public.


To ensure the public's perspectives inform and influence practice through contributing to:

  • RCOG reports
  • RCOG research
  • RCOG guidelines
  • Responses to consultation papers
  • RCOG training
  • RCOG meetings
  • RCOG links with other bodies
  • RCOG working parties
  • RCOG committees and boards
  • Information for the public
  • Standards: quality, management and audit
  • Training: minimum competencies, accreditation

Annual work plans

To set realistic objectives for each year:

  • To work on topics which relate to the RCOG work and planning cycles
  • To work on topics and issues seen as important to the RCOG Women’s Network group.

To provide a year end report.

To continue and complete work on areas of priority identified by the RCOG Women’s Network.

Ways of working

Four formal meetings per year, in March, June, September and December, at which work is agreed and signed off.

RCOG Women’s Network members attend College and other meetings throughout the year to ensure a consumer view is provided and to report back college and other business to the Network.

Between meetings, the work of the Network continues informally by way of small group working, usually by exchange of group emails.

General approach and philosophy

  • The RCOG Women’s Network will work within a framework of equal opportunity.
  • The RCOG Women’s Network believes in the crucial importance of information being readily available to enable people to make informed choices.



Shaista Gohir – Women's Voices Lead




Catherine Nestor


Jane Plumb


Erna Bayar

Trainees' representative

Alastair Campbell

Clinical member

Emma Crookes

Lay member

Maria Clark

Lay member

Saschan Fearon-Josephs

Lay member

Bhavni Fowler

Lay member

Becky Gunn

Lay member

Suzanna Hopwood

Lay member (co-opted)

Rohna Kearney

Clinical member

Shona Murphy

Lay member

Ugochi Nwulu

Lay member

Christianah Olagunju

Lay member

Debbie Shaffer

Lay member (co-opted)

Ruth Unstead-Joss

Lay member

Maria Viner

Lay member

Susan Ward

Vice President

Florence Wilcock

Clinical member