Records of the Joint Committees and Working Parties of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Records collated by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists during its collaboration with other medical bodies through joint committees and working parties, including correspondence, meeting papers, and reports.

This collection of material consists of the following committees:

RCOG/C1 - Standing joint committee of the RCOG, Royal College of Physicians, and Royal College of Surgeons, 1939-1973

RCOG/C2 - Conference of Royal Medical Colleges and their Faculties in the UK, 1975-1993

RCOG/C3 - Joint Consultants Committee, 1948-1985

RCOG/C4 - Standing joint committee of the RCOG and British Paediatric Association (later Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health), 1948-1997

RCOG/C6 - Ad Hoc Committee to advise on Obstetric Analgesia and Anaesthesia including all methods of relief of pain in labour, 1970-1975

RCOG/C7 - Joint committees and working parties of the RCOG and Royal College of General Practitioners, 1968-1993

RCOG/C8 - RCOG and the National Birthday Trust Fund, 1967-1984

RCOG/C9 - RCOG and Royal College of Radiologists joint group on Ultrasound, and also the standing joint committee of the RCOG and RCR, 1985-2007

RCOG/C10 - Follow-up Survey Sub-committee of the joint committee of the RCOG and Population Investigation Committee of the Eugenics Society, 1949-1952

RCOG/C11 - National Health Service Representative/Negotiating Committee, 1945-1948

RCOG/C12 - Joint Medical Research Council and RCOG Voluntary Licensing Authority for Human in Vitro Fertilisation and Embryology, 1985-1986

RCOG/C13 - College records of the Joint Working Party to consider a proposed Faculty of Family Planning (later the Faculty of Family Planning Steering Group), 1984-1990

RCOG/C14 - Joint Medico-Legal Committee of the RCOG and Defence Societies, 1985-2001

RCOG/C15 - Joint Colleges forum of the RCOG, Royal College of General Practitioners, and Royal College of Midwives on maternity services for the 1990s, 1992

RCOG/C16 - Ad hoc committee/interdisciplinary working party on the confidential enquiry into perinatal mortality, 1981-1985

RCOG/C17 - Committee of enquiry into competence to practise, 1974-1976

RCOG/C18 - RCOG response to the Interim Report of the Joint Council of Midwifery on non-therapeutic abortion and Inter-departmental Committee of the Ministry of Health on the problem of abortion, 1936-1938

RCOG/C19 - RCOG Multidisciplinary Working Group on prenatal screening for toxoplasmosis in the UK, 1991-1996

RCOG/C20 - Standing Advisory Committee on Obstetric Anaesthesia and Analgesia, later the Standing Joint Committee of the RCOG and the Royal College of Anaesthetists, 1981-2009

RCOG/C21 - Advisory Appointments Committees, 1955-1999

RCOG/C22 - Joint working parties of the RCOG and the Royal College of Pathologists, 1988-2001

RCOG/C23 - Joint Steering Group of the RCOG and Faculty of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care on teenage pregnancy, 1972-1995

RCOG/C24 - Joint working group of the RCOG and British Gynaecological Cancer Society, 1996-1997

RCOG/C25 - Joint Standing Committee of the RCOG and the Royal College of Midwives, 1988-2001

RCOG/C29 - Joint working party of the RCOG and the Royal College of Midwives on Minimum Standards of Care in Labour, 1997-2000

RCOG/C30 - Maternity Care Working Party, 2001-2006

RCOG/C31 - Joint working party of the RCOG and the Academic Association of Obstetrics and Gynaecology on improving recruitment, 2006-2007

RCOG/C32 - Joint working party Toward Safer Childbirth, 2005-2007

RCOG/C33 - Joint Training Committee of the RCOG and the Faculty of Family Planning and Reproductive Healthcare, 2002-2007

RCOG/C34 - Joint working party of the RCOG and the Royal College of Midwives on the Clinical Learning Environment and Recruitment, 2008

RCOG/C36 - Joint working party of the RCOG and Royal College of General Practitioners on training for obstetrics and gynaecology for general practitioners, 1981

RCOG/C37 - Representative Committee on Fetal Viability, 1985-1987

RCOG/C39 - Joint working party on Standards for Maternity Care, 2008

RCOG/C40 - Joint working party on Uterine Arterial Embolisation, 2001

RCOG/C41 - Joint working group to restore and develop specialist Paediatric Pathology, 2002

RCOG/C42 - Joint working party of the RCOG and Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health on Children's and Maternity Services in 2009, 2007-2008

RCOG/C43 - Seminar on Priority Setting in the NHS, 1997

RCOG/C44 - Multidisciplinary working party on Reconfiguring Maternity Services, 2000-2001

RCOG/C45 - Standing intercollegiate committee on oncology, 1980-1983

RCOG/C46 - Joint standing committee of the RCOG, Royal College of Midwives and Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, 2003-2009

RCOG/C47 - Intercollegiate working party on Reducing Mother to Child Transmission of HIV Infection in the United Kingdom, 2006

RCOG/C48 - Intercollegiate working party on Adolescent Health, 2000 - 2003

Administrative / Biographical History

The mission of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists is to set standards to improve women's health and the clinical practice of obstetrics and gynaecology both in the UK and across the world. One of the principal means of achieving this aim is through the College's provision of education, training, assessment and professional development.

From the College's earliest years, joint committees and working groups were set up at the behest of one or more of the medical colleges or bodies to discuss matters of mutual concern. Minutes were usually kept and distributed to all participants, and published reports were frequently produced.

A Committee Secretary from the Administration Department serviced the RCOG's contribution to these joint committees and working groups, maintaining the College's own records of proceedings.

Arrangement

The natural arrangement of files and series is retained where possible, by committee or working party.

Conditions Governing Access

Permission is required from College senior management for external access to College records less than twenty years old: all other records are open by appointment, Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm. mailto: archives@rcog.org.uk

Acquisition Information

Internal transfers from the departments responsible for the servicing of the committees and working parties.

Other Finding Aids

Details of contents of parts of the collection are available on request. Email mailto: archives@rcog.org.uk

Details of some parts of the collection are available through the AIM25 network: please note that these are not current or updated descriptions and all enquiries should be made to the College Archivist.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Care is required in the handling of all minute books.

Archivist's Note

Record description compiled by Penny Bonning, Archivist, in May 2011.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies are available at the discretion of the College Archivist.

Copyright lies with the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and permission to reproduce material should be sought via the College Archivist.

Appraisal Information

Duplicate and routine administrative material is removed where applicable by the College Archivist.

Custodial History

Early series amongst this collection probably comprise copies of minutes and papers kept by members of the working parties, and it is likely that most were removed from the various file series of the College Presidents. It is not now the policy of the College to retain any records of joint committees and working parties other than final reports, unless the College was the creator of the official working party record. Where this is the case, the reports and the official records are transferred to the Archives by the Committee Secretary.

Accruals

Additions to current committees in this collection are expected on a regular basis according to College record-keeping policies.

Related Material

For records of working parties and sub-committees of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, see RCOG/M.