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The RCOG has developed the Clinical Governance Advice series to assist Fellows and Members in discharging their clinical responsibilities.

We champion all efforts to advance care standards. These guidelines give details of the governance strategies that safeguard these standards.

Browse our clinical governance guidelines

The guidelines collated here are the latest papers and advice from a range of trusted healthcare organisations. Each resource presents recognised methods and techniques for clinical practice, based on published evidence. We hope that this information will be useful for obstetricians, gynaecologists and other relevant health professionals who aim to continuously improve the quality of their care.

You’ll find that some leaflets use the terms 'woman' and ‘women’s health’, however, it’s important to acknowledge that this information is not only for people who identify as women. These leaflets provide necessary guidance on health and reproductive services to all those who need to maintain their gynaecological and reproductive wellbeing. Delivery of O&G advice and care aims to be fully inclusive and sensitive to the needs of anyone whose gender identity does not align with the sex they were assigned at birth.

Clinical Governance Advice

Obtaining Valid Consent to Participate in Perinatal Research Where Consent is Time Critical (Clinical Governance Advice No. 6a)

This document provides a good practice framework for obtaining consent for participation in research during labour or immediately postpartum.

Development of RCOG Green-top Guidelines (Clinical Governance Advice No. 1)

This document outlines the policies and procedures used in the production of Green-top Guidelines. 

Obtaining Valid Consent (Clinical Governance Advice No. 6)

This guidance provides a good practice framework for obtaining valid consent in obstetrics and gynaecology.

Obtaining Valid Consent for Complex Gynaecological Surgery (Clinical Governance Advice No. 6b)

This guidance provides a good practice framework for obtaining valid consent from women who undergo complex gynaecological surgery.

Development of RCOG Green-top Guidelines: Consensus Methods for Adaptation of RCOG Green-top Guidelines (Clinical Governance Advice No. 1d)

This document outlines tools that can be used to adapt RCOG Green-top Guidelines, and other guidelines.

Improving Patient Safety: Risk Management for Maternity and Gynaecology (Clinical Governance Advice No. 2)

This document provides clinical governance advice on managing risk within obstetrics and gynaecology services.

Presenting Information on Risk (Clinical Governance Advice No. 7)

This document provides advice on how to communicate risk to patients.

Understanding Audit (Clinical Governance Advice No. 5)

his document discusses issues surrounding audit methodology and organisation, and how to implement change.