Records of the RCOG Trainees Committee

Scope and Content

Records of the RCOG Trainees Committee, including correspondence and papers relating to the establishment of the committee, 1991-2002; agenda, minutes and meetings papers, 1991-2008; papers relating to surveys, 1991-2003, and discussion of training needs and the trainees website.

Administrative / Biographical History

The RCOG Trainees Committee was established to act as a channel of communication between trainees and the RCOG and as a forum for discussion of issues relevant to training in obstetrics and gynaecology. The idea for the committee originally arose in the early 1990s in response to health service reform, the reduction of working hours and changing working practices of junior doctors, the Calman reforms in medical education, and concerns about the retention and recruitment of trainees in obstetrics and gynaecology. It was to be a constituted as a democratically-elected standing committee of the RCOG, members being elected by other trainees, and would liaise with the College about examinations, accreditation and training issues in the light of the current health service reforms. This national committee was to be accompanied by regional committees that would liaise with Regional College Advisers, Postgraduate Deans and District Tutors about local matters.

An Interim Trainees Committee was established in 1993, with Dr Susan Bewley as Chair. Elections were held early in 1994 and the National Trainees Committee proper held its first meeting in July 1994. In 1998 it became known as the Trainees Committee.

In addition to giving them a voice within the RCOG, the committee organised a series of surveys of trainees, to ascertain their views on training in obstetrics and gynaecology, working patterns, remuneration and the effect of health service reforms.

Access Information

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

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Reproductions at the discretion of the College Archivist.

Custodial History

There is no record of direct source or date of transfer.

Related Material

Related material at the RCOG can be found at the following references:

RCOG/A4/25/221 President's papers on the Trainees Committee, 1993

RCOG/A19 The RCOG Candidates/Trainees' Newsletter, 1993-1999