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Work of the Women’s Voices Involvement Panel

This page provides some examples of the activities members of the RCOG Women’s Voices Involvement Panel have been involved with.

There are various ways members of the panel can use their voice to help the College better understand what is important to women’s patient experience. Below are some recent examples:

Commenting on patient information

Women’s Voices regularly give input into the style and wording of RCOG patient information leaflets by reviewing drafts of information the College is developing and feeding back their comments via online questionnaires. They have recently helped develop the Ovarian cancer patient information leaflet.

Taking part in focus groups

Two women in discussion

Members of the panel took part in a series of focus groups held by the College alongside the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to gain insight into what the most important aspects of good maternity services are to women. Panel members who either were pregnant or had recent experience of having a baby came together to discuss their experiences and what mattered most to them.

The CQC used this feedback in their consultation into how they inspect and rate maternity services. It also helped the College gain an understanding of what women and their partners want from healthcare professionals to make their experience as positive as it can possibly be.

Informing RCOG policy

By completing an online survey, the panel gave their views on what they felt were the most important public health issues women face. This helped inform the College’s manifesto on women’s public health in the UK, which was developed between the RCOG and the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare.

Joining a working group

A woman taken part in a focus groupEach Baby Counts is the College’s flagship audit and clinical informatics project coordinated by the Lindsay Stewart Centre. The project is committed to reducing this unnecessary suffering and loss of life of otherwise healthy babies who die in the UK because something goes wrong in labour by 50% by 2020.

Two members of the panel bring their first-hand experience to the project’s Independent Advisory Group which provides strategic direction and governance to the project.

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Contact us

For more information, or if you have any questions, please email womensvoices@rcog.org.uk.

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