The Officers and Council of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) are pleased to announce that Dr David Richmond has been elected as the new RCOG President and will take up his post from 27 September 2013.
Dr Richmond FRCOG is Vice President of Clinical Quality and led on the College’s work on clinical guidelines and standards. Following his appointment as consultant at the Liverpool Women’s Hospital in 1990, Dr Richmond became the Medical Director in 1993 and continued in this role for a further 17 years until 2010.
During this time he successfully steered his Trust through innumerable changes and developments, including the amalgamation of the Liverpool Maternity Hospital, Women’s Hospital and Mill Road Maternity Hospital to a brand new single site in 1995, and then a further merger with the Aintree Centre for Women’s Health in 2000. The Liverpool Women’s Hospital is now the largest single unit in Europe with more than 8,000 births per year.
Dr Richmond’s professional interests are in specialty workforceissues, clinical standards and guidelines and quality metrics.His main interests outside medicine involve the outdoors, including golf, skiing, running and climbing and in 2000 he ran the Everest Marathon for the Macmillan Cancer Charity.
Upon accepting the appointment, Dr Richmond said:
“I feel privileged to have the opportunity to lead our College for the next three years in the specialty that I have dedicated my career to. This is a hugely important role that I feel honoured to be appointed to by my peers.
“In light of the recent challenges facing the NHS, this is an important time for leaders across all disciplines to step forward ensuring that standards are not just being set but are put into practice.
“Quality and consistency of care, excellence in training and education are goals we strive to set in women’s healthcare. As a leading medical body, we shall continue to work closely with government, the civil service and other stakeholder organisations to ensure that patient safety is at the fore of high quality services.”
Dr Tony Falconer, RCOG President, said:
“Dr Richmond will achieve much for women’s healthcare in his leadership role at the RCOG. He is a talented and committed clinician, who brings wide-ranging experience in dealing with many aspects of health services.
“His knowledge and experience can only be beneficial for the College under the pressure of raising standards in the current health climate.”