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RCOG strategy

This page sets out the RCOG’s overarching aims and values, and our strategic plan for 2017–20.

Aim, objectives and values

Our aim is ‘to set standards to improve women’s health and the clinical practice of obstetrics and gynaecology in the British Isles and across the world’.

Our charitable objectives are to ‘encourage the study, and advance the science and practice, of obstetrics and gynaecology’.

We value leadership, innovation, caring, inclusiveness, trust and integrity. We act with transparency and aspire to work, at all times, to the highest standards.

Strategic goals and objectives 2017–20

Our strategic plan for 2017–20 aims to fulfil our twin ambitions of becoming the ‘go-to’ place for women’s health in the UK and a global leader for women’s health and reproductive health care.

1. Improve women’s health care by high-quality education, training and support of doctors throughout their careers

  • Enhance lifelong learning in the UK and globally, developing new skills, particularly leadership skills.
  • Build long-term relationships with potential and current workforce.
  • Engage with partners and other stakeholders to improve women’s health care in secondary care, but also in primary and community care, reviewing the DRCOG and supporting GPs with extended roles.
  • Assure the quality and resilience of all our exams and education products, in particular the Part 3 MRCOG and the new curriculum.
  • Support doctors throughout their careers, value diversity and alternative career pathways, support doctors in difficulty, and explore and promote flexibility in training, including in non-NHS providers.
  • Educate doctors and healthcare professionals to work with women to embrace healthy lifestyles.

2. Improve women’s lives globally through the development of safe, high-quality clinical care, throughout adolescence and the reproductive and post-reproductive years

  • Take a life-course approach to women’s health, evolving standard-setting to achieve quality in women’s health care; ensuring research into women’s health becomes health policy; and, where appropriate, incorporate the work of the National Guideline Alliance.
  • The Lindsay Stewart Centre for Audit and Clinical Informatics will continue data analysis for service evaluation, quality improvement and patient safety, including gynaecology outcome indicators, and will be developed as the centre of practice innovation and improvement.
  • Through the NHS England Maternity Transformation Programme, influence the development of high-quality maternity services that even in times of economic austerity are appropriately resourced; and develop our capacity to translate clinical improvements into health policy.
  • Ensure gynaecology services receive equal attention, noting that gynaecology often has a lower priority than maternity care, despite the significant gynaecological demand on A&E services.
  • Patient safety across the RCOG should be a priority at all times, achieved by incorporating the patient experience, including patient reported outcome measures (PROMS) and interactive patient information, and developing the invited review service.
  • Develop internal and external partnerships to maximise quality improvement, with a focus on developing NHS capacity for high-quality termination of pregnancy services through the Abortion Taskforce.

3. Connect healthcare professionals, service users and partner organisations to radically improve women’s health care both in the UK and globally

  • The College should be the ‘go-to’ place for women’s health, by increasing our capacity to advocate and influence external audiences; being inclusive of diverse views and different women’s health organisations; and supporting the co-production of women’s health outcomes.
  • Promote women’s voices to enable them to protect their rights, and to ensure their views and healthcare needs are represented in all of the College’s work.
  • Ensure the needs of the O&G profession are reflected in the RCOG’s work to improve women’s health care across the world, strengthening International Representative Committees, and ensuring members can access College products and services.
  • Strengthen partnerships with organisations, healthcare professionals and service users to support public health strategies for women’s health and the health of their babies. These include a campaign on the ‘Health opportunity of two lives’ to prepare for a healthy pregnancy; better perinatal mental health services; and a focus on post-reproductive health.
  • Work with partners to promote the need for better sexual and relationship education in adolescents.
  • Through the new Centre for Global Women’s Health, support the delivery of Sustainable Development Goals 3 and 5 to raise awareness of women’s rights and women’s healthcare needs worldwide, and submit a phase II grant proposal for Leading Safe Choices, to include Excellence in Gynaecology Skills training.

4. Achieve resilience by developing workforce and financial sustainability, business innovation and technological agility 

  • Work towards successfully relocating the RCOG from Sussex Place to new premises.
  • Ensure we have a workforce able to deliver high-quality care for all women throughout the 
UK by developing the College’s capacity to report, advise and influence workforce developments, including new opportunities for overseas specialist trainees to work in the UK.
  • Materially increase unrestricted income through diversified revenue streams, including industry partnerships, new membership categories, and new educational products and partnerships.
  • Ensure the changing environment meets the demands of a modern, flexible workforce, supported by fully integrated business systems and digital transformation, while valuing transparency and increasing members’ engagement.
  • Develop existing, and forge new, strategic partnerships as an essential component of our future sustainability.
  • As an environmentally aware organisation, the RCOG will maintain and further develop its responsibility to the sustainable use of resources.

Elsewhere on the site

What we do
Find out about the College’s work to improve health care for women everywhere
Global health work
Find out more about the College’s work to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity worldwide