Independent review of maternity services at
Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

Dr Anthony Falconer (Until September 2020)

Dr Anthony Falconer was the President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) until September 2013. Before he was President, he was the RCOG Senior Vice President and International Officer. During this time, the RCOG raised its profile in international advocacy. Senior political ties were established with the Department of International Development (DFID), and work with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine flourished with the award of a large grant from DFID. 

Following undergraduate training in Bristol, Dr Falconer undertook post graduate training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Edinburgh, including two years of academic study in Nottingham and Cape Town, South Africa. In 1986 he was appointed a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in Plymouth, Devon. 

His clinical work has focused on the development of gynaecology cancer services to the Peninsula. He has undertaken many local and regional managerial responsibilities. Dr Falconer was Clinical Director and Divisional Director in this hospital, where he maintained a major interest in training doctors. 

Dr Falconer has assisted British and European parliamentarians, governmental select committees, non-governmental organizations, and many other groups in addressing global issues related to women’s health care. He has mentored a Safe Motherhood project in Kenya under the auspices of the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics. Dr Falconer has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and delivered many lectures internationally. 

In July 2012, Dr Falconer was elected Vice Chairman of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges. During this time he has also been the lead for medical revalidation work. 

Since 2013 Dr Falconer has been an active contributor in capacity development globally and more recently he has been invited to become the medical lead for the Zambia/UK Health Workforce Alliance. Within the UK he is active in quality assurance work and assessing medical performance. 

In the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2014 Dr Falconer was awarded an OBE for services to women’s health 

Dr Falconer will assist the Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust maternity review by providing clinical advice on those maternity cases that occurred whilst he was an obstetrician providing clinical care. 

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