Records of the Standing Joint Committee of the RCOG and British Paediatric Association (later Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health)

Scope and Content

Records of the Standing Joint Committee of the RCOG and the British Paediatric Association (later the Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health), dating mainly from the time of the reconstitution of the committee in 1965, including discussion of staffing structure of maternity units for the care of the newborn, the establishment of the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, Oxford (1974-1979), responses to DHSS documents and EEC directives, evaluation of proposed research on pregnancy (1989-1991), the working party on resuscitation of the newborn (1995-1996), the working party on Fetal Abnormalities (1994-1997), and minutes of committee meetings.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and British Paediatric Association (BPA) Standing Joint Committee evolved out of various ad hoc committees of the two bodies set up in the 1940s to discuss issues of mutual concern. The committee lapsed for some time during the 1950s but was officially reconstituted in January 1965 to discuss in particular the staffing structure of maternity units for the care of the newborn (ref: C4/3/1). The joint committee is made up of equal numbers of members of the two organisations. Its remit is to consider matters of common interest to members of both specialities. In 1998 the BPA was reconstituted as the Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health (RCPCH). Servicing the RCOG's contribution to this committee is the responsibility of the Committee Secretary, Administration Department.

Conditions Governing Access

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

Conditions Governing Use

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

Related Material

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

RCOG/M19 Working party on minimum standards of care in labour

RCOG/A4/17/19 Presidents' file on the BPA/RCOG liaison committee on perinatal care, 1976-1983

RCOG/A7/4/22 Honorary Secretaries' file on the BPA/RCOG liaison committee on perinatal care, 1976-1983

RCOG/A4/21/33 Presidents' correspondence relating to the joint committee, 1979-1990