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Trainees Committee

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1538 RCOG/B19
Held at: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
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Full title: Trainees Committee
Date(s): 1991-2008
Level of description: fonds
Extent: 6 boxes
Name of creator(s): Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists


Administrative/Biographical history:

This 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.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists' Trainees Committee comprising correspondence and papers, including relating to the establishment of the committee, 1991-2002; agenda, minutes and meetings papers, 1991-2008; papers relating to surveys, 1991-2003.

Access & Use

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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 by the Vice President's Office.

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.

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