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Council précis, January 2019

Overview of the Council meeting that took place on 25 January 2019

Presentations on regional issues

At each Council meeting, regional representatives present on projects, activities and issues in their constituency for discussion and consideration by Council.

  • Pat O’Brien and Jane Currie, representatives for London: North, Central, East and North West presented on courses available in their region including a return to work course and ‘Compassion in O&G’ aimed at doctors experiencing their own O&G challenges. The region is also trialling new ways of working to address workplace pressures including collaborative working, networking and shared services. If successful these will be rolled out more widely.
  • Basky Thilaganathan and Vasanth Andrews representatives for London: South, presented on the number of members, hospitals and births in their region. They also discussed ways to improve member engagement.


UK and Global membership

  • A presentation was given on plans to refresh the RCOG’s Advisory Appointments Committee guidance and assessor role description
  • Members experiencing challenges with job plans are encouraged to contact the RCOG for advice and guidance:
  • An anti-bullying and undermining event is being run in partnership with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh on 4 April 2019. Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, has agreed in principle to speak
  • The British Undergraduate Society for O&G (BUSOG) have conducted a survey to understand what can be done to support more male doctors to specialise in O&G


Strategic Development

  • RCOG have been invited to co-Chair a Medical Workforce Group, a sub-group of Health Education England’s Workforce Group, set up to look at the workforce numbers, competencies, planning, culture and opportunities
  • Advertisements are live for the ST3 recruitment round. Those recruited at ST3 will receive will receive CESR CP upon completion of their training as opposed to CCT.  CESR CP is equivalent to CCT
  • An event aimed at supporting new consultants (#NEXT STAGE) was run on 22 January, it was very well received by the 80 attendees
  • On 6 March 2019 the RCOG will be marking International Women’s Day with an event titled ‘Does a Woman Really Have a Right to Choose?’
  • Council received an update on the College’s fundraising plans, including a fundraising dinner on 15 June 2019


Finance & General Purposes

  • Council received an update on the College’s plans to improve business processes and the IT systems that support them


Clinical quality

  • RCOG are working with NICE and the British Society of Urogynaecology to produce decision making tools for women with urinary incontinence
  • A task and finish group has been established to look at the latest data on the morcellation of uterine fibroids. The findings will inform the patient information produced on the subject
  • The Lindsay Stewart Centre has recently undergone a restructure, adverts for new posts will be live from w/c 28 January 2019


Global Health

  • The Global Health Board terms of reference have been refreshed, the group will now provide a platform for all RCOG departments to feed in their global health work and collaborate for maximum impact
  • RCOG is now represented on the FIGO Executive Board. Together they are looking at an advocacy strategy and opportunities for joint working
  • The RCOG are submitting a proposal in February to the large anonymous donor who funded the Leading Safe Choices project, for a second initiative called ‘Taking the Lead’



  • The revisions to the O&G core curriculum have been submitted to the GMC. Proposed changes to the advanced curricula will be submitted by the end of April
  • Three new appointments have been made to the Exams Team in response to growing exam candidate numbers
  • Exams are now planned two years in advance and a risk register has been developed, which feeds into the overall corporate risk register. A “lessons learnt” (including what worked well) meeting also takes place after every exam. The candidate numbers for all parts of the exam continue to rise.
  • The early bird registration for 2019 RCOG Congress closes on 29 April 2019. The deadline for abstracts was extended to 28 January 2019 – nearly 3,000 abstracts were received.


Women’s Network

  • The Network are running a menopause workshop on 1 February 2019 with the RCGP to facilitate dialogue around women’s access to menopause support and care
  • A Fertility Forum is being organised for 30 March aimed at the general public. The event will provide evidence based information on fertility and reproductive health issues:


Board of Trustees

  • The search for a new Chair for the Board of Trustees is now underway. The new appointee is expected to chair their first meeting before the end of 2019


President’s Update

  • The RCOG has put in a bid to Tommy’s to host a national centre of excellence for maternity care in the UK
  • The President will co-Chair the second meeting of the Women’s Health Task Force alongside Jackie Doyle-Price, Under Secretary of State for Health at the Department of Health and Social Care on 31 January. The meeting will focus on reducing the number of unplanned pregnancies in the UK
  • Nominations are now open for people wishing to stand as the next RCOG President. A debate will take place amongst candidates on 9 May 2019, members will be invited to attend or can watch the session live online


Interim CEO’s Update

  • Council were informed that the RCOG has achieved Investors in People silver status
  • The new RCOG CEO, Kate Lancaster, will join the College on 1 March 2019