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Patient safety

Patient safety is at the heart of everything we do. This section of 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.

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 Committee also plans the Improving Quality of Women's Healthcare event that has been held here at the College over the last few years. The next event will be held on 13 October 2017.

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.