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Guidance for commissioners

This section of the site brings together resources and information to support commissioners and health service managers with responsibility for commissioning high-quality women’s health care.


Current, up-to-date advice on O&G workforce issues and workforce data:

Standards in women’s health care

Published in November 2016, these documents outline new frameworks of high-level service standards that aim to improve outcomes and reduce variation in maternity and gynaecological care. The frameworks are designed for commissioners and service providers.

Commissioning advice: standards in women’s health care

The commissioning women’s health services resource (last updated May 2014) brings together all standards for hospital-based obstetric and gynaecological care and community-based sexual and reproductive health care produced by the RCOG, the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH), other medical royal colleges and professional societies. It provides advice and support to Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and NHS England.

The resource also includes standards derived from policy documents such as joint consensus statements and reports. It includes information from the RCOG reports High Quality Women’s Health Care and Tomorrow’s Specialist, which have set the path for the development of integrated women’s health care delivered through clinical networks.

The commissioning women’s health services resource is fully interactive and easy to navigate. Its user-friendly interface has been designed for commissioners who may not have in-depth clinical knowledge or expertise in women’s health.

Other resources

Elsewhere on the site

RCOG guidelines
Clinical guidelines designed to inform practice in obstetrics and gynaecology
Invited review service
Designed to help employers improve O&G services and/or individual clinical practice