About the panel
The RCOG believes that by talking to women and finding out about their experiences we can learn from and improve how things are done in the future in the specialty of obstetrics and gynaecology. The RCOG Women’s Network is the College’s patient/lay group, but as a small group the Network can’t represent the views of women from every corner of the UK and from all backgrounds. Therefore, we set up the Women’s Voices panel to give a much wider and diverse group of women the opportunity for their voices to be heard.
How does the panel work?
We offer members of the panel opportunities to be involved in the College’s work through the panel’s Facebook page and email newsletters. We seek views on information that we’re producing for women, or ask members to take part in a survey about their own experiences to influence policy development. Most of this involvement can be done through email but, on occasion, there might be more formal opportunities such as taking part in a focus group or providing the patient/public perspective on a working group.
Members can select what they want to be involved in to suit their interests and their circumstances. Although involvement through the panel is voluntary, if travel is required costs will always be reimbursed. Sometimes there will be opportunities for members of the panel to be involved in the work of other organisations or in joint projects between the College and its partners. The RCOG is committed to feeding back on the progress of work that members have been involved in so that they can see how their voice has had an impact.
Who can join?
The Women’s Voices panel aims to be fully inclusive and welcomes anyone who:
- Has an interest in and/or experience from a patient/public perspective of: having a baby; fertility or reproductive health issues; gynaecological conditions and procedures
- Is involved in a women’s health organisation and/or works professionally with a particular group of women and wants to represent their voice on the panel
What’s expected of members?
We don’t expect that all involvement opportunities will be suitable for all members. However, we do ask that members commit to being involved in at least one opportunity per year in order to remain on the mailing list. If at any time you decide you want to end your membership and be removed from the mailing list, you can do so easily by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
We ask members to join the panel with the intention of using their voice to improve women’s health through sharing the panel’s aims.
Read about some of the different types of work members of the Women’s Voices panel have been involved in.
Become a member of the panel
To become a member of the panel, please complete the short Women’s Voices application form.
If you have any queries, please email email@example.com.