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Women's Voices Lead

The RCOG is recruiting a new honorary Women Voices Lead (WVL).

This appointment is for a 3-year term beginning in May 2020.

The role is lay, which means only individuals who have never been a medical doctor and individuals who are not currently working in frontline care in a medical environment are eligible to apply.

To apply, please read the information and download the documents below.

About the RCOG

The RCOG aims to improve women’s health through setting clinical standards in O&G; educating and examining; auditing and reviewing services; and influencing women’s health policy. Patients and the public are embedded across all of our UK activities, supporting the RCOG to understand what service users need from O&G doctors and services provided. The WVL has responsibility for ensuring this happens in a meaningful and effective way.


About the role

The Women’s Voices Lead (WVL) is uniquely placed within the RCOG and crucial to the organisation’s aim of improving women’s health. As an honorary appointment, the role retains independence and acts as a conduit between the College – and the O&G specialty it represents – and the public, as O&G service users. Working at both strategic and operational levels, the WVL works closely with the patient and public involvement team as well as the President, team of Vice Presidents and executive staff, RCOG Council and committee members.

The WVL chairs the RCOG Women’s Network, the College’s patient/lay committee, and heads the larger virtual engagement group, the Women’s Voices Involvement Panel. Bringing insight into the College’s work, the role ensures women’s voices inform and influence the development and implementation of key objectives within the College’s UK activities.

The Network has a credible and influential strategic voice within the College and the wider women’s health sector. Under the leadership of the WVL, it has been at the forefront of developing an involvement programme spanning across RCOG activities. As WVL, you will continue to drive this work forward, alongside the College’s patient and public involvement team.

Find out more about the College’s work to involve the public by visiting the RCOG Women’s Voices YouTube channel.

Watch a short video below of RCOG President Elect, Eddie Morris, discussing why the role is so crucial to the College’s work.

The WVL is required to:

  • Work strategically within the College to ensure meaningful involvement of O&G service users
  • Lead and contribute to a range of projects and initiatives on behalf of the College
  • Head the Women's Network and the Involvement Panel, chairing Network meetings and supporting members to work effectively across College activities
  • Act as an ambassador for the College with external partners and stakeholders to enhance our relations across the women’s health sector.

Candidates should:

  • Have voluntary or professionals experience of patient and public involvement and advocacy
  • Be highly skilled at building relationships with wide reaching stakeholders with competing agendas
  • Be an experienced chair
  • Have skills to lead, support and develop the capability of volunteers
  • Hold strong influencing and negotiation skills
  • Be passionate about, and committed to, working collaboratively for improved women’s health outcomes and experiences.

A commitment to embedding principles of equality, diversity and inclusion throughout the College’s work to involve the public is crucial.


Time commitment, flexibility and remuneration

This is not a staff role, but an independent, honorary post with a commitment of around 15 hours per week.

The College is committed to ensuring the post holder can operate as flexibly as possible to accommodate caring responsibilities and work and life commitments. The role will be carried out at the RCOG’s central London headquarters, other locations and remotely. Some elements of the role can be done electronically outside of working hours, however there will be a requirement to attend scheduled weekday daytime meetings in London. These are likely to be several times per month and will be set as far in advance as possible.

A fee of £10,000 per year is attached to the role. The post holder will operate on a freelance basis. in addition, expenses will be covered in line with the College’s expenses policy.


Support and development

The RCOG patient and public involvement team supports the WVL post holder to achieve their role and objectives. An induction and a handover with the current WVL will be provided. Learning and development needs will be identified on a rolling basis and appropriate opportunities provided.


Recruitment schedule

Recruitment opens

Wednesday 23 October 2019

Recruitment closes

Thursday 28 November 2019

Shortlisted and not-shortlisted applicants informed

Week of 9 December 2019


Week of 6 January 2020

Induction and shadowing of current WVL

March 2020

Officially take up role

May 2020


How to apply

To apply, please read the role description and person specification thoroughly. If you feel you meet the requirements outlined, please complete an application form and equal opportunities form and return to by Thursday 28 November 2019.

If you would like any of the following information in an alternative format, please contact

If you have any questions about the role and would like to arrange a time to speak to someone about it, please get in touch via email

Closing date: Thursday 28 November 2019


Video: The RCOG Woman's Voices Lead role

RCOG President Elect, Eddie Morris, discusses why the role is so crucial to the College’s work.