The next three years are going to be very exciting for our College. On its 90th birthday the College will be moving to a new home, we will be hosting a World congress of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and there will be a new group of College officers. So many reasons for celebration!
I have been involved in the RCOG for over 25 years: as a Council member for fifteen years, initially as a Members’ representative, then representing the international Fellows and then Vice President for education for the last three years. I am now standing for President.
I am in active clinical practice at a teaching hospital in London as well as having a major role in the school of medicine at Kings College London where I am Dean for Student Affairs and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
If I am elected I pledge to champion high standards for the education of our profession, for the health and wellbeing of women and girls, and for supporting our trainees, members and fellows throughout their careers.
As Vice President for education I have introduced a new curriculum, a new CPD programme, a new e-portfolio and a new exams process all aimed at raising the quality of education to improve the care we deliver to our patients. I have had overall responsibility for three world congresses and I am also a Fellow of the RANZCOG.
I recognise the global challenges of obesity, smoking, social deprivation, mental health problems, oppression, slavery, FGM and the plight of vulnerable women and I will work hard to collaborate with any agencies who can help to address these issues. The National Women’s Health Strategy was recently introduced and focuses on adolescence, the reproductive years, and the menopause to address health needs and promote a healthy lifestyle. I will take this forward to fit in with the NHS Long Term Plan’s focus for health promotion.
The health, wellbeing and sustainability of our workforce is paramount, but we still have problems with a high attrition rate, and many of our Members and Fellows continue to struggle. A national study investigating the effect of traumatic events (INDIGO) on our doctors has led to recommendations to Trusts to set up proper support systems for doctors experiencing traumatic events and to assist doctors to ask for help.
Many of our Fellows and Members go the extra mile for their patients and the NHS, but often feel unengaged with our College. We need to bring together and energise our trainees, our women’s network, our specialist societies and our international colleagues. More senior colleagues have so much to offer to education and training and I have encouraged them to get involved in the College to help with exams, teaching and committees.
I have a track record of hard work, leadership, being a team player, completing tasks and being an excellent role model for the profession. I would be honoured to be your President.
CV – Janice Rymer (PDF)