Records of the RCOG Continuing Medical Education Committee

Scope and Content

Papers from the meetings of the Continuing Medical Education Committee, including agenda, minutes and circulated papers.

Administrative / Biographical History

In July 1988 the RCOG established a working party ‘to review current post-graduate activities of the College … and to consider the need, feasibility and the format of assessment of the individual’s maintenance of skills.’ In 1991 this reported that the majority of consultants were not taking advantage of the existing educational opportunities offered by the College. It recommended that the College develop a programme of mandatory Continuing Medical Education (CME) for all its Fellows and Members in active specialist practice. This began in January 1994. The RCOG was the first of the UK Colleges to establish such a programme and also the first to offer it (from January 2000) to overseas members. The programme catered for consultants and other members of career grade staff not in training posts. The scheme was developed and overseen by the CME Committee, which held its first meeting in July 1992, and reported to the newly-established Education Board. It was administered by the Postgraduate Education Department. The first 5-year CME cycle was completed in December 1998. In 1998 CME also became part of the wider sphere of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and in 1999 the CME Committee changed its name to the CPD Committee. In January 2002 the CME programme also changed its name to the CPD programme. At this date the programme was expanded to take into account, not just the continuing medical education needs of obstetricians and gynaecologists, but also broader professional development (i.e. non-clinical or non-specialist clinical activities). The Postgraduate Education Department was disbanded in October 2003 and the CPD Office was transferred to the Clinical Governance and Standards Department.

Conditions Governing Access

Permission is required from RCOG senior management via the College Archivist for access to College records less than twenty years old.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright of the RCOG. Reproductions available at the discretion of the College Archivist.

Custodial History

Transferred by the CPD Administrator, Clinical Governance and Standards Department in 2004 and 2006, with further transfers of minutes in September 2010 by the Conferences Assistance.

Related Material

Related material held at the RCOG may be found at the following references:

RCOG/A4/25/49 President's file on the working party and on CME generally

RCOG/A4/25/84 President's file on the working party and on CME generally

RCOG/M42 Records of the Working Party on Continuing Medical Education, 1988-1992