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Joint Standing Committee for Patient Safety (JSCPS)

Please note: the Joint Standing Committee for Patient Safety was formerly known as the Women’s Health Patient Safety Expert Group

Meeting dates (10:00 start)


  • 1 February 2018
  • 3 May 2018
  • 19 July 2018
  • 1 November 2018


Reporting structure

The Joint Standing Committee for Patient Safety (JSCPS) reports to the Clinical Quality Board.


The purpose of the Joint Standing Committee for Patient Safety is to collaboratively improve the culture and safety for women and their babies receiving care across the UK.

Terms of reference

  • To advise on NHS developments in the area of service safety and quality, and assess their potential impact on the service
  • To influence national policies in relation to service through input to national consultations.
  • Encouraging and supporting the development of new information sources on priority areas for patient safety.
  • To consider the developing themes from College service reviews and develop advice for the membership, in particular clinical directors.
  • To support clinical directors through input to the Clinical Directors’ Forum.
  • Developing and running patient safety events.
  • To develop service models in line with College recommendations.
  • Identifying appropriate measures for success, evaluating and reporting progress
  • Meeting four times a year and, where appropriate, providing advice on urgent issues between meetings.
  • Report to the Clinical Quality Board


Membership will be multi-professional and include representation from the RCOG, RCM, and RCoA, as well as lay representation.

Additional membership may include relevant organisations in a position to promote learning and provide data on patient safety priorities, e.g.  Confidential enquiries, national clinical audit programmes and research institutes. The group will have a core membership and wider membership that can be accessed for specific relevant issues.

If a member of the committee is not able to attend, they should nominate a deputy to attend in their place where possible.

Please send all correspondence to the committee secretary.


Tel: +44 20 7772 6268


  • Dr Andrew Pickersgill FRCOG


  • Mr Eddie Morris FRCOG (Vice President, Clinical Quality, RCOG)
  • Dr Anjali Ahluwalia FRCOG (O&G Representative)
  • Professor Tim Draycott FRCOG (O&G Representative)
  • Dr Rosemarie Hamilton MRCOG (O&G Representative)
  • Dr Sheila Macphail FRCOG (O&G Representative)
  • Ms Jane Plumb (Lay Representative)
  • Dr David Bogod (Royal College of Anaesthetists Representative)
  • Ms Mandy Forrester  (Royal College of Midwives (RSM) Representative)
  • Dr Sarah Murray (Trainees' Representative)
  • Ms Michele Upton (NHS Improvement Representative)
  • Professor Jenny Kurinczuk (MBRRACE Representative)
  • Ms Louise Thomas (Head of Quality Improvement, RCOG)
  • Anita Dougall (Senior Director of Clinical Quality, RCOG)
  • Farrah Pradhan (Invited Reviews Manager, RCOG)
  • Lisa Burke (Administrative Assistant, RCOG)

Elsewhere on the site

2018 meeting dates
Dates for all committee meetings, exams, admission ceremonies and dinners in 2018
College governance
See full details of the RCOG’s governance structure