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Hospital Recognition Committee

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1538 RCOG/B4
Held at: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
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Full title: Hospital Recognition Committee
Date(s): 1936-2007
Level of description: fonds
Extent: 158 boxes and 29 volumes
Name of creator(s): Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Hospital Recognition Committee (HRC) was first established in 1944 as a sub-committee of the Examination Committee. It became a full standing committee in 1947. From 1935 the inspection and recognition of hospitals had been a regular part of the Examination Committee's work. The impetus behind the establishment of the Hospital Recognition Sub-committee in 1944 was provided by the Interdepartmental Committee on Medical Schools (Goodenough Committee). The Hospital Recognition Sub-committee was established to draw up a list of hospitals which could be recognised for training to consultant status. The Sub-committee reported in January 1945. Its earliest extant minutes (numbered K1) date from September 1946, and show that the Sub-committee was performing the functions previously routinely performed by the Examination Committee in administering the recognition of hospital posts. The first meeting of the HRC as a full standing committee took place on 19 March 1947 (K2). In the 1950s and 1960s its membership was co-extensive with that of the Examination Committee. In 1973, however, Council undertook a review of the College's committees and decided to streamline the Examination Committee, making it into a small executive committee. The existing composition and functions of the HRC were maintained. In 1998 the HRC took over the functions of the Higher Training Committee (HTC) (which had been dissolved) relating to recognition of Specialist Registrar hospital posts. The HRC's current remit is: to undertake regular assessment and, where appropriate, recognise as satisfactory, training in obstetrics and gynaecology in defined posts, against defined standards, for hospitals who request such recognition, both in the UK and overseas; to make recommendations for the improvement of training and monitor the implementation of such recommendations. The HRC is serviced by the College's Postgraduate Training Department.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists' Hospital Recognition Committee, 1936-2007, comprising correspondence and papers (1936-1994); committee agenda, minutes and papers (1947-2004); files on individual hospitals inspected (1937-2003); lists of recognised hospital appointments for trainees for Membership and Diploma (1975-1999, 2001); guidelines for recognition of hospital appointments (1988-2000); minute books (1951-2007).

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

As set out above in Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:

Open, although restrictions apply for items containing personal information.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Finding aids:

RCOG/B3/2 have been indexed and the names of successful candidates will be found in the Index to the Guide to the College Archives.

Archival Information

Archival history:

In 1985 a collection of papers concerning the elevation to Honorary Fellowship, Fellowship Ad Eundem, and Fellowship without Membership were found in a storeroom; these were all retained permanently and are at B3/2. Later records were transferred at various times by the Fellowship Selection Committee secretary. The minutes at B3/5 were transferred in 2003 by the Membership Services Department. In 2007 it was decided to move much of this fonds to A12.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Records are transferred by the Committee Secretary. B4/5 was transferred by the President's Office with a batch of files in 1994.

Allied Materials

Related material:

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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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