Family Planning

General description of the work of a Consultant in Family Planning

The Consultant in Family Planning deals with contraception, termination of pregnancy and sterilisation issues. He/she deals with family planning issues that may be too complicated for the patient’s own GP to deal with.

Most common clinical areas / procedures leading to a claim of clinical negligence

  • problems related to contraception implants ( eg Implanon)
  • failure of contraception
  • failure of sterilisation
  • problems related to vasectomy
  • problems related to IUCD devices

Sub–Specialities / Alternative and Additional job titles

The Consultant in Family Planning often is a GP who has specialised in Family Planning. Alternatively he/she may he a Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology who has a special interest in Family Planning.

Usual Qualifications

If the Consultant in Family Planning is from a GP background he/she may have MRCGP or FRCGP (Membership or Fellowship of the Royal College of General Practitioners) after his/her name. He/She is also likely to have DFFP (Diploma of the Faculty of Family Planning) after his/her name.

If he/she is a Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology then he/she will have MRCOG or FRCOG (Membership or Fellowship of the Royal College of Obstetrician and Gynaecologists) after his/her name.

Academic Appointments

The Consultant in Family Planning may be a Lecturer or Professor in Family Planning at a Medical School. He/She may be an Examiner for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.