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Policy update, December 2017
Your monthly round-up of national health policy developments for 17 November to 15 December If you have any comments or if there is anything else you would like to see in the round-up, please contact us at
ATSM Director: job description
The ATSM Director is appointed by the School Board/STC of obstetrics and gynaecology. They are responsible for ensuring the educational opportunities and environment within their Deanery/Region meet the GMC and RCOG standards. The ATSM Director will be
Vulval Carcinoma, Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of
This guideline addresses issues of referral for investigation and confirmation, diagnostic procedures and management of vulval carcinoma. The guideline covers all invasive vulval cancers of any histological type.
Obituary: John Michael Brudenell
Michael Brudenell died on 30 March 2015 just two weeks prior to his 90th birthday. He was a traditional Obstetrician and Gynaecologist caring for all aspects of women’s health with a passion rarely seen nowadays. He qualified in medicine at King’s
Over 25 million unsafe abortions take place every year
Of the 55.7 million abortions that take place worldwide every year, 25.5 million are unsafe according to a new study published in The Lancet. Nearly half of all abortions are unsafe, with the vast majority of these (97%, 24 million) taking
RCOG suggests caution over social egg freezing
Egg freezing can benefit women, particularly those who may face infertility for medical reasons, such as chemotherapy treatment for certain cancers. But the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists suggests caution for women who wish to freeze
RCOG statement: New NICE public health guidance on Vitamin D supplementation
Today NICE publish new public health guidance - Vitamin D: increasing supplement use among at-risk groups. 
Subspecialty training: FAQs
Answers to frequently asked questions about subspecialty training I'm considering subspecialty training – what do I need to do? Who’s eligible for subspecialty training? How do I apply for subspecialty training? How much does subspecialty training
RCOG statement on new research into facial expressions of fetuses
The researchers from Durham and Lancaster Universities took 4D scans of 15 healthy fetuses. They found that fetuses develop from making very simple one-dimensional expressions at 24 weeks to complex multi-dimensional expressions by the time the mother
House of Lords Select Committee call for evidence on NHS sustainability
The present demographic changes within the population of the UK and increase in long-term conditions place additional stress on the NHS. The House of Lords is conducting an inquiry into the long-term sustainability of the NHS over the next 15-20 years.

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