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Ranee Thakar FRCOG

Statement for Vice Presidential election 2019

Ranee Thakar thumbnailI have a dynamic and forward-thinking vision for the RCOG. I believe that the College is ideally placed to play a crucial role in discussions on innovation, improvement and service delivery. We should have a major influence on all aspects of care including policy, continuing education and standards.

As a senior clinician, researcher and educator, I have the necessary skills, qualities and experience to support trainees, Members, Fellows, and the women we care for. I have held several senior roles in the RCOG. As Honorary Director of Conferences I introduced innovative changes to the content of meetings. During my tenure as the South Asia International Fellows Representative, communication between the International Representative Committees, the College and liaison groups improved.

I am particularly proud of the collaborative work I have done with the RCM as the clinical lead on the OASI care bundle quality improvement project. Currently I am President of the International Urogynecological Association (IUGA). Most importantly I am considered an excellent clinician and absolutely love the diversity our speciality offers.

Our new home in Union Street will become the hub not just for Members and Fellows but also policy makers. The relocation is an exciting challenge and an opportunity for the college to embrace state of the art technological innovation.

Much work is needed to solve the workforce challenges we face: a 30% trainee attrition and rota gaps in 88% of units is unacceptable. A fresh approach is needed and consideration given to utilising other health care professionals such as specialist nurses and physician assistants which would require new education delivery initiatives.

Consultants are retiring early and face the increasing risk of burn-out.  As a college I believe that we need to look at ways to support and advance the careers of our consultant colleagues as well as our trainees and specialty doctors.

Challenges in trusts granting leave are increasing and we need to adapt by expanding regional meetings and modernise communication portals using podcasts and webinars. The OASI care bundle project exposed the antiquated state of the maternity information systems. There is an urgent need to introduce a unified database and our College should help facilitate this.

The RCOG has a global membership base and we need to support non-UK members by adapting guidelines to suite local requirements and ensuring the MRCOG examination is relevant to all practices. We must not lose focus on the College’s philanthropic role. We already have some wonderful projects. We need to build strategically on this.

Central to all our activities are the girls and women we care for. Current pressing issues include obesity, female genital mutilation and poorer outcomes in some ethnic groups.

We must influence the politicians and policy makers, educate healthcare professionals and above all empower women using modern ways of communication in an era of digitalisation.

I am hardworking, loyal, resilient and a tenacious leader who always completes the task no matter how challenging.

It would be a huge honour to be elected as your Vice President.


CV – Ranee Thakar (PDF 486kb)


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