The RCGP and RCOG are working together to develop resources for use in primary care that will help clinicians manage patients and improve the support given to women.

Women’s health issues make up 25% of all consultations, and include issues that may not cause significant mortality but do have significant physical, social, and psychological impact affecting a woman’s health and wellbeing. However, a recent All Party Parliamentary Group on Women’s Health (WHAPPG) survey of women with endometriosis and fibroids highlighted that a significant proportion of the respondents felt their problems were undervalued, that clinicians did not listen to the concerns they had, and that they were not offered sufficient information about the management options.

To address these shortcomings, the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) is working alongside the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) as part of the Clinical Spotlight project on women’s health, with support from Endometriosis UK and advice from the RCGP Patient Participation Group. This project aims to establish links with other partners to develop resources for use in primary care that will help clinicians manage patients and improve the support given to women.

Dr Anne Connolly, RCGP Clinical Champion for women’s health, says: ‘This is an exciting opportunity to work with patients and other experts to ensure the care women receive is not only evidence-based, but also provides information to empower them to make appropriate decisions about self-care and treatment options.’

The RCGP Spotlight Project programme was introduced to complement the wider Clinical Priority programme, under which each Spotlight Project runs for 1 year in the first instance.