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Women's Health Strategy: Better for women, better for everyone

The RCOG's Women's Health Strategy

Why a Women’s Health Strategy?

52% of the UK’s population is female. 47% of the UK’s workforce is female.

Yet women’s health has not received the attention it deserves.

There are variations in access to, and quality of, services across the UK. As a result, women are experiencing health inequalities and outcomes that could be avoided.

The RCOG is ideally placed to lead a Women’s Health Strategy, with a membership of approximately 6,000 UK healthcare professionals working in and developing women’s healthcare, and a strong track record of working with system leaders to promote and improve women’s health.


Priorities for a Women’s Health Strategy

Life-course approach

Health services need to take a life-course approach, recognising that women have specific needs at certain stages in their lives, and that there are links across the life-course stages.

It is crucial to take this holistic approach to prevent the accumulation of health risk factors and to give girls and women the age-appropriate healthcare they need.

The life-stages are

  • 0 – 24: child health and adolescence
  • 25 – 50: young adult and middle age
  • 51 – EOL: later life

Access to accurate information

Women need to have the right information at the right time – about changes in their bodies, about signs and symptoms, about how to get help and support – so they are empowered to look after themselves and so they know when to see a healthcare professional.

Prevention, not intervention

We need a fundamental shift away from providing episodic care, and towards a focus on preventing poor health.

The case for prevention is clear – it is necessary to help reduce the long-term cost of treatment and to maintain a sustainable health service[1].

It would also allow patients and doctors to work together to prevent ill-health and improve well-being.


Watch this space

We need to hear from you to make sure the Strategy is focusing on the right areas and identifying achievable solutions.

Check this page in the coming weeks and months to find out how you can get involved and to see updates on stakeholder meetings, events and the development of asks and recommendations that will make up the Strategy.

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Congress 2019

We are holding a fringe event at Congress, to give RCOG members the chance to hear from an expert panel and to have their say on the Strategy.

If you are attending Congress, please join us at 5.30pm on Tuesday 18 June 2019 to debate why we need a Women’s Health Strategy.


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