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Work of the Women’s Voices Involvement Panel

Examples of some activities members of the RCOG Women’s Voices Involvement Panel

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.

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

The panel share their views, which helps to inform the College’s policy work, for example the Better for Women report.

Joining a working group

A woman taken part in a focus group

Panel members have the opportunity to get involved in a range of College projects, including those run by the RCOG Centre for Quality Improvement and Clinical Audit.

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