Statement for Vice Presidential election 2019
More than 90 years after its creation, the founding principles of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, as a beacon of women's health care, remain intact.
Now, more than ever, the UK's health care is under scrutiny and under pressure. Yet, the NHS retains affection with the public that is the very heart of British identity. Our health care requires innovative, diverse and bold leadership to ensure its future. It is with these values in mind that I would like to express my candidature for the position of the Vice president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
My professional journey, straddling continents, is perhaps unconventional, but my vast and diverse experience, with the clinical knowledge, training and organisational skills accrued will serve me well in my role as the vice President if elected.
I would keep it my mission to maintain the high educational standards of the RCOG in the training of obstetricians and gynaecologists of the future both at home and globally.
My vision for this role will be to galvanise our obligations on a country level, while looking to reach out and make key partnerships with our global partners. I propose a system that keeps people (both professionals and patients) at the heart of what we do, while looking at innovative and tech-led solutions to ease our workflow.
High attrition rates in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, I understand, is a global concern and the RCOG can continue to play a pivotal role in ensuring training evolves with generational changes of society and be a leader in encouraging ,motivating and guiding the Specialists of tomorrow both here and internationally. I would look into resilience training as a method of coping with the demanding clinical work and the challenges faced in delivering women's health needs today.
As a Senior Consultant in a District General Hospital I have noticed the positive effects of mentorship. I would encourage and assist the organising of a formalised mentoring programme in hospitals to support and guide all specialists where necessary ensuring their well-being and thereby maintaining high quality of care.
My recent work with the Care Quality Board of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has highlighted the exemplary work put into updating clinical guidelines. It would be useful to encourage the adoption of these guidelines nationally helping to standardise care and minimising the need of duplication and avoiding the ensuing confusion.
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists is for the members and by the members and by the members working with integrity and honesty towards the common goal of maintaining the high standard of care both at home and globally.
My objective is to create an environment for our profession that holds fast the core values of our profession, while keeping an eye on our changing digitally-led and diverse landscape.
I will foster, motivate and stimulate developments in all aspects of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and for this I will unite our profession with the assistance of the College, the Council and our members.
CV – Usha Nair (PDF 113kb)