Following the publication of A Career in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, a report that addressed recruitment and retention in the speciality, it became apparent that the issues around work–life balance were of major and particular concern to obstetricians and gynaecologists. In recognition of this, the College Council proposed a further working group to consider the issues in more detail and, as far as possible, to address any concerns. The terms of reference of this group included the following:
- To review the evidence and reasons for those aspects of work–life balance that influence recruitment into the speciality
- To review and consider how rules and regulations can be used to enhance work–life balance and to provide guidance to Fellows and Members
- To advise how, through appraisal and job planning, work–life balance may be improved for obstetricians and gynaecologists.