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Patient safety

Patient safety is at the heart of everything we do

This page the website highlights current safety concerns, and brings together some of the key resources and information that the RCOG is engaged with.

The principles of ‘Always put the patient first’ and ‘Zero harm and patient safety’ are central to the RCOG Manifesto for Change, which stresses the need to embed a safety culture in women’s health services, so that high quality care can be provided for all.

Better collaboration between health professionals, and multi-disciplinary team working, are both essential to ensure that care is safe and outcomes are good.


Our most recent patient safety alerts are listed here. You can also see patient safety alerts under Guidelines.


Joint Standing Committee on Patient Safety (JSCPS)

Through collaboration with the Royal College of Midwives and the Royal College of Anaesthetists, the JSCPS meets quarterly to discuss patient safety issues affecting obstetric and gynaecology services, and lead on the action taken to implement recommendations from national reports.

The JSCPS also plans the Improving Quality of Women's Healthcare event that is held at the College. Find the next event on our courses and events listings.


External reports

The JSCPS is considering the recommendations from national reports and how they can be implemented, including the latest MBRRACE report, SHOT report and NHS England Mesh report.



Our mesh page brings together a range of resources for clinicians and women and the public. The aim is to support women to make informed choices about their care.