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Council précis, December 2019

Overview of the Council meeting which took place on 13 December 2019

Vice Presidents

Council noted the agreed Vice President portfolios:

  • Clinical Quality – Tim Draycott
  • Education – Sue Ward
  • Global Health – Ranee Thakar
  • Membership – Pat O’Brien
  • Workforce and Professionalism – Jo Mountfield

Dr Thakar was appointed Senior Vice President, to recognise the significant contribution made by the College’s global membership.


Strategic development

  • The Later Careers and Retirement Task and Finish Group’s report will be published in the New Year. Dr Mountfield thanked all who had contributed.
  • The move team were thanked for their work on the successful move to Union Street. There is some remaining building work being carried out which is expected to be completed by the spring.
  • It was noted that the RCOG is holding an International Women’s Day event on 6 March 2020. The theme of the day will be equality in women’s healthcare.



  • The College has been working to resolve technical issues with the new Training ePortfolio. The revised project management will continue to be inclusive of trainees and users.
  • Council requested increased transparency on examination pass marks. This will be raised for discussion at the Examinations and Assessment Committee.
  • Council received the final report on the twelve recommendations from the Examinations External Review and agreed for ongoing work to move to business as usual from 2020.


Clinical Quality

  • Council raised that perinatal reviews feel disjointed and there is a high amount of repetition. The RCOG should continue to liaise with other bodies in order to streamline these.
  • Council raised that a strategy needs to be developed on how to work with new initiatives by NHS England to ensure that the RCOG has a voice on these groups.
  • The RCOG’s recently published Better for women report was well received externally and the Council will be involved in the development of the strategy on how the actions are taken forward.


Global Health

  • Council queried that Continuous Professional Development (CPD) does not take place in Europe. Dr McAuliffe is working with countries who were interested in potential partnerships to access the RCOG CPD programme.
  • Council raised the importance of women’s voices having input at international Congresses, to build on the successful integration of women’s voices at the 2019 Congress in London. Dr Thakar will meet with Ms Brian and Mr Shehata to discuss this further.



  • Council queried that the fees for College events, such as Congress, are higher for UK members compared to international members. It was clarified that the rate is set to reflect the salary of the country.
  • Mr O’Brien highlighted that the draft membership strategy outlines plans for activity in the next three years and will be brought to Council for discussion.


Academic activities

  • The Annual Academic Meeting will be held on 27 and 28 February 2020 and will be the first event held at Union Street. A record number of abstracts had been received. All were encouraged to attend.
  • Academic Board Chair Professor Horne thanked Dr Philippa Marsden, Undergraduate Lead, who has updated the RCOG Undergraduate Curriculum. The new curriculum is based on the structure of 'Outcomes for Graduates' and it is mapped to the GMC learning outcomes and the Foundation Programme. The new curriculum will be presented to the Medical Schools Council.


CEO’s update

  • Council noted the resignation of Lynne Berry, Trustee.


Women’s Network

  • The Network had held their first committee meeting outside of London, hosted by Women’s Network Clinical member, Dr Rohna Kearney, in Manchester. The local Maternity Voices Partnership were invited to speak at the meeting.
  • A recent webinar (Youtube video) for women held on the menopause has received a high number of views.
  • Council noted the circulated report from the Women’s Network on obstetric and gynaecological outcomes for, and experiences of, BAME women in the UK, following a workshop held as a result of the MBRRACE report finding of the higher maternal mortality rates for BAME women. Ms Brian and Dr Christine Ekechi, Women’s Network Clinical Champion, will be meeting with the President to discuss the report and recommendations of actions for the College.


Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH)

  • The FSRH has successfully moved to Union Street and Dr Munro passed on thanks on behalf of Dr Kasliwal for a smooth transition.
  • The new strategic plan for 2021-2025 is in development. The FSRH curriculum has been approved and will be rolled out in 2021.
  • CEO Jane Hatfield will be returning in January. Dr Munro thanked Federico Moscogiuri who had acted as interim CEO.



  • Council were asked to share the opportunities for Members and Fellows to apply for vacant positions on College Boards and Committees. Over forty posts are being advertised in the current round of recruitment.
  • The election for the Council Representative Trustee role on the Board of Trustees will take place at the February Council meeting.