Update – August 2020
The RCOG is not currently offering its Invited Review Service to NHS organisations. We will update this page when circumstances change. Please contact email@example.com with any enquiries in the meantime.
Our invited review service is designed to help employers, commissioners and managers provide safe and sustainable services that improve outcomes for women’s health.
What is an RCOG invited review?
We regularly receive requests for reviews of obstetric and gynaecology (O&G) services from organisations that provide, plan or commission O&G services and have concerns about:
- Patient safety
- A healthcare organisation’s ability to provide effective training in O&G
- Workload issues
- Aspects of delivery of a whole service
- Potential for service redesign/configuration
We provide 2 types of review:
- Service review: carried out in response to an invitation to visit and comment on a current service, including meeting the clinical team, managers and other stakeholders, with a focus on safety and quality.
- Configuration review: carried out when commissioners and healthcare organisations need clinical assurance of proposals for significant changes to local O&G services.
Please note that the RCOG will send a copy of the final report to the organisation's health care regulatory bodies.
For examples of the kind of guidance the RCOG can provide to help you deliver improved patient outcomes, please read our case studies.
Becoming an assessor
If you are an experienced obstetrician and/or gynaecologist and would like to know more about becoming an assessor for the RCOG invited review service (including criteria and benefits), please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
CPD for external assessors
External assessors on invited reviews, ARCP panels and deanery visits can claim 5 credits per visit or panel. If you are an external assessor for service reviews, deanery visits and ARCP panels, the maximum number of credits claimable in each 5-year CPD cycle is 25 across the three kinds of activity.