AIM25 : Click here to go back to the AIM25 homepage
Archives in London and the M25 area

Subspecialty Board / Subspecialty Committee

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1538 RCOG/B14
Held at: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
  Click here to find out how to view this collection at ›
Full title: Subspecialty Board / Subspecialty Committee
Date(s): 1984-2007
Level of description: fonds
Extent: 36 boxes and 4 volumes
Name of creator(s): Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists


Administrative/Biographical history:

A Subspecialty Board first met in December 1984 as a sub-committee of the Higher Training Committee. The Board was created to fulfil some of the recommendations of the Working Party on Further Specialisation within Obstetrics and Gynaecology and the Sub-specialisation Advisory Group. In July 1988 the Board became a standing committee. Its present remit is to advise and keep under review the development of subspecialisation in four fields (gynaecological oncology, reproductive medicine, maternal and fetal medicine, and urogynaecology) including requirements and regulations for subspecialist training and accreditation. It is also responsible for establishing the criteria and procedures for approval of subspecialty trainees, training centres and training programmes, and for subspecialist accreditation on completion of training. The Committee:
- Ensures visits are arranged to assess prospective training centres and trainees in post.
- Makes recommendations to the Education Board regarding the recognition of centres and programmes on the basis of advice provided in the visitors' reports.
- Makes recommendations to the Education Board regarding the award of certificates of Subspecialist Accreditation on the basis of advice provided in visitors' reports following trainee final review visits.
- Provides feedback to programme directors on the progress of trainees based on information submitted in the visitors' reports following mid-term review visits.
- Liaises with programme directors to ensure the syllabi, requirements for training and the various application and report forms are updated appropriately.
- Keeps statistics on current and past trainees, including manpower and funding information, and the number of centres and programmes approved.

The Committee reports to the Education Board, meeting four times a year and is serviced by the College's Postgraduate Training Department.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists' Subspecialty Board / Subspecialty Committee, 1984-2007, comprising: minute books (1984-2002); agenda, minutes and papers (1984-2007); survey on subspecialisation; requests for funding; correspondence regarding eligibility; sample assessment forms; Chairmans' correspondence; subspecialty guidelines (1991-2003); papers regarding community gynaecology and reproductive health. Trainee files are not retained, although reports on individual trainees can be found in the agenda papers.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

As set out above in Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:

These records are closed because they contain information about planning and policy.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Finding aids:

An alphabetical list of founder Members is available from the College Archivist. This is list has been copied from the first Annual Report 1929-1930 and there is also a copy from the fifth Annual Report 1934.

The College Archives holds card indexes of deceased and living MRCOG holders between 1929 and 1998. The indexes note the date of admission to the MRCOG.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Several early catalogues were not transferred and are no longer extant.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Transferred to the Archives at various times by the committee secretary.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Imported from the RCOG catalogue and edited by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions:
General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Import: Oct 2008; edit: Feb 2009.

Related Subject Search

* To search for other records with similar subjects, tick any subjects above then click "Run New Search"

Related Corporate Name Search

* To search for other records with similar names, tick any names above then click "Run New Search"