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Special reports, surveys and projects conducted by special committees or working parties of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1538 M
Held at: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
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Full title: Special reports, surveys and projects conducted by special committees or working parties of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Date(s): 1942-2000
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
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Extent: 7 volumes, 30 boxes
Name of creator(s): Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists


Administrative/Biographical history:

Special working groups or ad hoc committees and sub-committees were set up at various times, usually by Council or the Finance and Executive Committee, to investigate and report on particular issues of concern to the College. Servicing the working groups and committees is currently the responsibility of the College's Administration Department.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records listed include minutes, correspondence, papers and published reports, 1942-1996. Not all working parties and special committees will be found in this series; where special working parties etc were set up under the auspices of particular committees of the College or as joint ventures with other bodies they were as a rule allocated separate series numbers (see below under related material). For details refer to individual series descriptions, which are arranged as follows:
M1: Macafee ad hoc committee on training for the specialty and matters related thereto, 1962-1967.
M2: Working party on intimate examinations, 1996-1997.
M3: 'Early discharge' survey, 1962-1963.
M4: Working party to consider the Platt Report, 'A Reform of Nursing Education', 1965.
M5: Caesarean section survey, 1967-1968.
M6: Working group in reproductive health/community gynaecology, 1991-1993.
M7: Working party on unplanned pregnancy, 1969-1971.
M8: Sub-committee considering the College's future attitude to contraception, 1977-1978.
M9: Working party to consider effective representation within the College, 1995-1996.
M10: Working party on screening for neural tube defects, 1977-1979.
M11: Working party on overseas affairs, 1994-1995.
M12: Working party on further specialisation within obstetrics and gynaecology, 1980-1982.
M13: Working party on termination of pregnancy for fetal abnormality, 1995-1996.
M15: Working party on evidence to the Royal Commission on the National Health Service, 1976-1977.
M16: Working party on stillbirth and neonatal death, 1978-1986.
M17: Sub-specialisation advisory group, 1980-1984.
M19: Working party on minimum standards of care in labour, 1993-1994.
M21: Working party on gynaecological laparoscopy and confidential enquiry into laparoscopy, 1977-1982.
M24: Maternity services and obstetric services committee, 1951-1957.
M25: Maternity unit planning committee, 1959-1960. M26: Sub-committee to consider 'A Hospital Plan for England and Wales', 1962.
M27: General practitioner maternity unit committee, 1961-1962.
M28: Maternity hospital planning sub-committee, 1969-1971.
M29: Ad hoc committee on staffing structure of departments of obstetrics and gynaecology, 1971-1973.
M30: Working party on medical gynaecology, 1982-1984.
M31: Working party on manpower redistribution in training grades, 1978-1980.
M32: Manpower advisory sub-committee, 1980-1983.
M33: Working party on antenatal and intrapartum care, 1979-1983.
M34: Working party on the role of women doctors in obstetrics and gynaecology, 1984-1987.
M35: Committee on human fertility and questionnaire sub-committee, 1944-1949.
M36: Sub-committee on the gynaecological aspects of the health of women war workers, 1942.
M37: Nutrition committee 1944-1947.
M38: Response to the report of the Ministry of Health and Scottish Home and Health Department working party on ambulance training and equipment, 1966-1967.
M39: RCOG and Simon Trust report on the sterilisation of women, 1967-1969.
M40: Working party on unplanned pregnancy, 1989-1991.
M41: Hospital visiting working party, 1993.
M42: Working party on continuing medical education (formerly working party on continuing specialist education), 1988-1992.
M43: LOGIC working party (formerly PROLOGIC working party), 1984-1988.
M44: Obstetric flying squads survey, 1980-1987.
M45: Working party on guidelines for private practice in obstetrics and Gynaecology in the UK, 1986-1990.
M46: Response to the House of Commons Health Committee enquiry into maternity services, 1991-1992.
M47: Submission to the London Implementation Group, following the Tomlinson Report, 1992-1993.
M48: Independent committee of inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the publication of two articles in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in August, 1994-1995.
M49: Medical curriculum sub-committee, 1954-1955.
M50: Futures working party, 1898-1992; M51: MRCOG working party, 1991.
M52: Working party on structured training, 1993.
M53: Working party to audit structured training, 1999-2000.
M54: DRCOG working party, 1993.
M55: Working party on ultrasound screening for fetal abnormalities, 1995-2000.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Arranged in series as given in scope and content.

Conditions governing access:

Printed and published papers open. Remaining records open 20 years after last date on file.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright: vested in the College.

Finding aids:

A general index to the files listed in the catalogue of the Archives of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists is maintained in the College Archives; refer to the College Archivist.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The immediate provenance of the majority of records in this series is not known. Working party records were passed to the Archives over a period of years by a variety of College officers and departments. The transfers were rarely documented; the records were simply placed into the Archives' permanent collection. The implementation of proper procedures for recording transfers in the 1990s has meant that more recent transfers are correctly documented. The majority of working party records are now transferred to the Archives by the Deputy College Secretary's Office, which has responsibility for providing a support service to most working parties.

Allied Materials

Related material:

RCOG Archives holds related records in the T series (minute books containing minutes of miscellaneous committees and working parties of the College, and of joint committees and working parties). For the records of working groups set up under the auspices of the Audit Committee and its predecessors see B7. For records of working groups set up under the auspices of the Scientific Advisory Committee and its predecessors see B10. For records of joint committees and working parties with other medical bodies see C series.

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Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Clare Cowling, Archivist, RCOG.

Rules or conventions:
National Council on Archives, Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997; ISAD(G), Second Edition, 2000.

Date(s) of descriptions:
February 2001; April 2002

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