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A letter from Sussex Place, November 2011

Ian Currie, Honorary Secretary, writes...

This will be my first of hopefully many ‘Letter from Sussex Place’ as I commence my new role as Honorary Secretary of the College.

On behalf of all the staff at the RCOG, the Officers and the President, I would first of all like to express heartfelt thanks and gratitude to our outgoing Honorary Secretary, Ric Warren. I am sure he will not mind me saying that it has been his dedication, commitment and enthusiasm over the years that will truly leave a legacy here which will be hard to match. His contributions to many initiatives and working parties, I believe, have enhanced the working lives of consultants, the global reputation of the College and most importantly improved the healthcare of the women we treat each day. He has been a true ambassador for the College and I am sure he will continue to be so throughout his developing career.

I must say it is a great personal challenge stepping into this role but one that I am looking forward to. I have certainly joined an incredibly talented group of Officers and Executive team supported by professional College staff and I would like to contribute in my own way to this team in enhancing, developing and implementing the RCOG strategy moving forward to 2012 and beyond.

The College faces many challenges ahead and is rising up to those under the leadership of the current President, Tony Falconer. I believe that with recent documents, such as High Quality Women’s Health Care, we have the framework and the right language to engage with the key decision makers and truly make an impact at grassroots level within the specialty of obstetrics and gynaecology.

There is certainly a major focus at present on improving communication, particularly with Members and Fellows, and I would like to say from the outset that my inbox is always open. If I cannot help you directly there is certainly the expertise around me that can.

Continuing the communication theme, during the last few months work has been undertaken in developing a strategy for the RCOG website taking into consideration the views of many users, including consumers. Well over a thousand of you contributed by filling in an online survey and I thank you for that. I can assure you that those ideas and concerns that have been raised have been heard and are incorporated into the heart of the new strategy document that will be presented to Council for approval in the New Year. The website will be at the heart of how we function in future and will be pivotal in providing education. I hope that in the future the College website can deliver a more dynamic, user friendly way of communicating that is fit for purpose for many years to come.

Finally, one of my new roles is to sit on the ethics committee of the RCOG, chaired by Dame Suzi Leather. I am sure I do not need to point out to you the many ethical dilemmas that we encounter within our specialty. We have an expanding amount of work but the group is mindful that we should be reaching out to consultants and asking them for topics. If you have any ideas for discussion please channel them towards myself and I will present them to the committee.

Best wishes

Ian Currie
RCOG Honorary Secretary

If you have any comments, please write to letterfromsussexplace@rcog.org.uk