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Improving the Quality of Women’s Health Care

Start: 14/10/2021 09:00
End: 14/10/2021 16:30

Location: Online
Programme: Improving Quality of Women’s Health Care - 2021.pdf

Improving Quality of Women’s Health Care aims to inspire and support healthcare professionals working to improve quality and safety within their obstetrics and gynaecology services. 

This one-day event is an excellent opportunity to hear from national leads and experts in improvement science on the latest research and initiatives, and to take home skills and knowledge through participation in interactive workshops.

As well as hearing from confirmed plenary speakers including Professor Sir Michael Marmot and Professor Trish Greenhalgh, delegates will be able to select breakout sessions on developing resilience and reducing burnout, evaluating efforts to improve quality, leadership skills, getting your QI work published and enhancing technical skills in quality improvement.

More speakers and sessions will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

To showcase the range of quality improvement work within women’s health, delegates are invited to submit abstracts on improvement projects, research or audit they have been involved with.

When submitting abstracts, authors should select whether they wish to be considered a 45-minute interactive workshop, or a poster presentation.

As an innovation on this year’s programme, delegates submitting posters may also choose to be considered for a 3 minute pre-recorded, “boaster” session on the main programme in which to showcase their work.

The programme will offer fresh ideas and insights on improvement work, whether you are a committed and experienced improver, or interested to get started on improvement work.

This is a multidisciplinary event aimed at obstetricians, gynaecologists, midwives, gynaecology nurses, and clinical governance and risk leads.  We encourage multidisciplinary groups to attend together.

Why attend?

  • Be inspired by expert speakers and gain new insights and skills through practical workshops and discussion with those working in the field.
  • Share experience and learn from expertise of others across multidisciplinary teams to improve the quality and safety of women’s health care in your unit.
  • Claim a maximum of 6 CPD credits for full attendance at this meeting.

Who should attend?

  • Consultants, SAS doctors and trainees in obstetrics and gynaecology
  • Gynaecology nurses
  • Clinical governance and patient safety leads
  • Clinical and medical directors
  • Midwives
  • Obstetric anaesthetists
  • Health professionals involved in the provision of women’s health care

Course organisers

Ms Louise Thomas, Head of Quality Improvement, RCOG

Dr Simon Cunningham, Chair of RCOG Patient Safety Committee

Ms Geeta Kumar, Vice-Chair of RCOG Patient Safety Committee

Honorary Director of Conferences

Mr Andrew Sizer FRCOG, Shrewsbury

Deputy Honorary Director of Conferences

Mr Dudley Robinson FRCOG, London


The registration fee (inclusive of online discount and VAT) for this event is:

Band A including UK:

  • Standard Rate – £260.00
  • Member Rate – £220.00
  • Trainee Rate – £175.00
  • Allied Healthcare Professional Rate – £165.00

Band B and C rate:

  • Standard Rate – £130.00

View the country banding here.

For any queries, regarding this event please contact:

Events Team
• Tel: +44 (0) 207 772 6245
• Email:

For any queries regarding sponsorship and exhibition, please contact:

Natasha Hagenbuch – Corporate Development Manager
• Email:

The organising committee welcomes abstracts from quality improvement projects, research and audits in advance of the RCOG event Improving the Quality of Women’s Health Care.  

This year, for the first time, the event is taking place virtually.

All trainees, consultants, midwives, gynaecology nurses, risk and clinical governance managers and members of the wider maternity and gynaecology team are encouraged to submit their work.

Abstracts should highlight lessons learned and share good practice.

We would particularly welcome submissions on the following themes:

  • Addressing inequities within women’s health care, including within the workforce, service provision and outcomes.
  • The impact of COVID-19 on women’s services and teams, including the need for innovative or rapid service development and the evolution of remote services, including telemedicine.
  • Culture within women’s healthcare, including multidisciplinary team working, leadership and psychological safety.

This year delegates can chose to submit abstracts for a 45 min interactive workshop, a 3 min ‘boaster session’ or a poster.

Boaster sessions will feature on the main programme, interspersed with other sessions and speakers.  Boaster sessions are best suited to content that can be easily summarised within 3 mins, contains high impact content such as  images, graphs or figure and is relevant to a wide range of those working in women’s health care.

The 45 mins interactive workshops are best suited to topics that require a ‘deeper dive’, that are more complex and or where there is a training or personal development component and where delegates may want to ask questions or have a discussion.

There will also be facilitated, virtual walk-rounds of selected posters during the event and a prize for the best poster on the day.

When submitting abstracts, authors should select whether they wish for these to be considered for a 45-minute interactive workshop, or a poster presentation.

If you have submitted a paper in the last 12 months for a different event, we are happy to accept it again for this event. 

All abstracts should be completed using the submission form and sent to the RCOG Events team via email at, by Wednesday 30 June 2021.

Authors who are selected for a boaster session, interactive workshop, or to present a poster will be notified via email, by the latest, on Friday 20 August 2021.

Guidance will be provided on the style for boaster sessions and design parameters for posters, once selected.

Instructions for oral and poster submissions:

  • Authors can submit their work for either an interactive workshop or a poster. Poster submissions also have the opportunity to be considered for a 3 min boaster session.
  • Abstracts must be typewritten in English, on the submission form, with all sections complete as follows: Title, Lead author, Email, Institution, Co-authors, Aims/Objectives, Background, Methods, Results, Conclusion and Declaration of conflicts of interest
  • The font size used should not be smaller than 11 points
  • Abstracts should not exceed a maximum 500 words (excludes name, email, affiliation, declrations of interest and co-authors)
  • Only one table or figure should be included in the abstract
  • Ensure as much information about how the work was carried out, as about the results is included
  • Abbreviations should be defined and kept to a minimum
  • The primary author should gain the consent of all the co-authors before submitting the abstract
  • Trainees can submit interesting case reviews but the consent of the patient MUST be obtained
  • Conflict of interest: RCOG want to provide a high-quality event focused on educational content that is free from commercial influence or bias. Thus, the submitting author of an abstract is requested to declare any potential conflicts of interest for all authors during abstract submission.
  • The submission of an abstract indicates a commitment by the submitting (presenting) author to present the abstract (if accepted) at the event.