The Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (RCOG) is recruiting new volunteer lay members to its Women’s Network. The RCOG works to improve health care for women everywhere by setting standards for clinical practice, providing doctors in the specialty with training and lifelong learning and advocating for women’s health.
The College’s Women’s Network is a lay group that advises on and guides the organisation’s involvement of women within its work. The Network meets quarterly as its own committee and leads project work. Members also bring their skills and experience across many of the RCOG’s core committees on work areas such as the curriculum and education of doctors; the development of guidelines and patient information; and patient safety. Membership of the Network is a challenging voluntary commitment but a rewarding opportunity to have real influence to ensure women’s views have a meaningful impact on women’s health outcomes and their experience of services.
Full information can be found at www.rcog.org.uk/patients/rcog-womens-network/apply-to-join-the-rcog-womens-network. The closing date for applications is 2nd October 2016.
I’m really delighted to be able to let you know that I’ve been appointed as the first Women’s Voices Lead at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists – you can find out more about that here and about the Women’s Voices Involvement Panel itself here. I think it’s a really exciting time at the RCOG where there is a genuine commitment to listen to women’s voices – but do read more on the website and let me know what you think!
Could you help represent patient views to specialists? Are you interested in a demanding but rewarding voluntary role? The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists’ Women’s Network is currently recruiting two new lay members.
What is the Women’s Network?
The Network is a group of 14 lay volunteers (and three clinical representatives) whose experience of services as patients helps the College to better understand the needs of women.
Unlike the RCOG’s Women’s Voices Involvement Panel – which is a virtual group – the Women’s Network meets in person four times a year. Members also sit on other College committees and boards on areas such as; education and training of doctors; the development of clinical guidelines; and the implementation and monitoring of clinical audits. The Network also has its own body of work, leading on projects around particular areas it feels are important to women.
How to apply for the RCOG Women’s Network
The College would welcome applicants from a wide range of women from all corners of the UK. You can find more information on the role and details of how to apply here. The closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday 31st May.