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Improving the Quality of Women's Health Care

Start: 13/10/2017 09:00
End: 13/10/2017 17:00

Location: RCOG
Programme: Improving the Quality of Women’s Health Care 2017 - Brochure - v0.2.pdf


Formerly known as Women’s Health Patient Safety Day this year’s programme organised by the Joint Standing Committee for Patient Safety aims to inspire and engage those working in multidisciplinary teams to continue to improve quality and safety within their own units.

This one-day event is an excellent opportunity to hear from experts in improvement science on the latest research and initiatives, and take home skills and knowledge developed within interactive sessions.

Building on the success of the last event, parallel streams enable delegates to choose the sessions that best meet their own needs and circumstances.  A blend of plenaries and workshops will cover a wide range of topics, including the power of measurement to improve quality, transforming incidents into improvement, developing improvement capability within organisations, how to meaningfully engage patients in your work and communication within multidisciplinary teams.

There is also an opportunity to participate in focus groups to discuss implementation of College guidance and how this could be improved.

To show case the range of work the specialty is involved with, delegates are invited to submit an abstract on improvement projects, research or audit they have been involved with. The three best abstracts submitted for the oral category will be presented on the day and prizes are available for the best poster.

Whether you have an idea for a quality improvement project and want some help getting started, or are well under way on your improvement journey, there is something on the programme for you.

This is a multidisciplinary event aimed at obstetricians, gynaecologists, midwives, gynaecology nurses, and clinical, governance and risk leads.

Why attend?

  • An opportunity to attend a multidisciplinary event where you can share the experience and expertise of others to improve the quality and safety of women’s health care in your own unit.
  • Be inspired by expert speakers and gain new skills through practical solutions from those working in the field.
  • Claim a maximum of 6 CPD credits for full attendance at this meeting.

Who should attend?

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

Course Organisers

Ms Louise Thomas, Head of Quality Improvement, RCOG

Tim Hillard FRCOG, Poole

Honorary Director of Conferences

Mr Nick Panay FRCOG, London

Honorary Assistant Director of Conferences

Mr Philip Toozs-Hobson FRCOG, Birmingham

Course fees

The registration fee (inclusive of online discount and VAT at 20%) for this event is:

  • Standard rate: £330.00
  • Fellow, Member and Assoicate rate: £280.00
  • Trainee rate: £225.00
  • Allied Healthcare Professional rate: £150.00

How to book

  1. Sign into the RCOG website or create your account here – you need to be registered with the RCOG website to book on to an event
  2. Check that your card billing address is listed in ‘My account’ > ‘My details’ > ‘Addresses’, as you will need this in order to complete your booking
  3. Check that your details are correct in ‘My account’ > ‘My details’ > ‘Career stage’, as we will use this to calculate your registration fee
  4. Return to this page
  5. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the booking form, which will appear once you are logged in 


Alternatively, you can book using the postal booking form, although if you book using this method you will not receive the online discount.

If you would like your hospital or trust to be invoiced for your place, please read the events FAQs for further details.

For any queries regarding this event, please contact:

Andreia Dias, Conference Coordinator:


Call for Papers

The Improving Quality of Women’s Healthcare Organizing Committee welcomes abstracts from Quality Improvement projects, research and audits.  They would particularly welcome submissions from gynaecology, as well as work that has engaged patients in meaningful ways. All trainees, midwives, risk managers and all staff involved in clinical governance are encouraged to submit their work. Abstracts should highlight lessons learnt and share good practice to improve patient care.

The best three abstracts submitted for the oral category will be accepted for 7 minutes presentations. There will also be a prize for the best poster on the day.

All abstracts should be submitted to Andreia Dias at, by completing the submission form and attaching the abstract. All abstracts should be submitted via email by Monday 31 July 2017 (NEW EXTENDED DEADLINE).

Authors who are accepted to present a poster or oral will be notified via email by Friday 25 August 2017

Instructions for oral and poster submissions

  • Authors can submit their work to either poster or oral or both categories. Abstracts not accepted for the oral category will be considered for the poster category
  • Abstract must be typewritten in English, please use the format – Title, Author, Institution, Aims/Objectives, Background, Materials and methods, and Conclusion
  • The font size used should not be smaller than 11 points
  • Abstracts must not exceed one side of A4 in length, using single-spacing, maximum 500 words (excludes name and affiliation). Only one table or figure should be included in the abstract
  • Poster dimensions should be 90cm X 120cm. The top of the poster should document the names and affiliation as stated in the submitted abstract. The text and illustrations should be bold and large enough to be read from a distance of two metres
  • 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

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