Having survived a two year posting to a mission hospital in rural Zimbabwe, Anne returned to General Practice in inner-city Bradford in 1990, where she has helped develop a leading-edge teaching practice. A pioneer of the GPwSI cadre, she led the development of a Primary Care gynaecology clinic and a diagnostic and treatment hysteroscopy service which won a NICE Shared Learning Award in 2007.
Anne is one of the founder members of the Primary Care Women’s Health Forum allowing her to develop her passion for improving the delivery of women’s health care in primary care through education and the sharing of best practice.
Dr Caroline Cooper has worked in general practice for over 15 years, and been a trainer in contraception and sexual health since 1998. She completed an MSc in Community Gynaecology and Reproductive healthcare in 2004, and was one of the first to complete the new Postgraduate Award in Medical Education in SRH in 2012.
She is a member of the FSRH, serves on their international affairs committee, and currently works in a community clinic in Cambridge city centre, providing integrated contraception and sexual health services. Caroline is committed to providing high quality education for health care professionals, and to empowering women through providing choice in sexual and reproductive health.
After graduating from the Royal Free in London in 1984, I worked as a GP in London for many years but always had an interest in women's health. I undertook colposcopy training while a GP trainee in London. and gradually, over the years, the balance of my work has shifted more and more to women's health. I now work part time as a GPwSI in gynaecology in the Community Gynaecology Service in Leeds while also working as a Specialty Doctor in Leeds and Airedale as a colposcopist, outpatient hysteroscopist and in the general gynae clinics. I am an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Bradford University involved in delivering the post grad diploma in gynae and am on the Board of Directors of the PCWHF. Married with 3 boys, so working in women’s health helps to balance my life.
Luciano is a consultant gynaecologist and RCOG subspecialist in reproductive medicine and surgery. He is the Clinical Director of Reproductive Health Group and the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) Person Responsible at the Centre for Reproductive Health at Daresbury Park, Cheshire, UK.
Luciano trained in Italy, London and Manchester before being appointed as consultant in gynaecology and reproductive medicine at St Mary’s Hospital, Manchester, where he worked full time until 2011.
Luciano is a Member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and an associate member of other learned UK, European and international societies. He is a preceptor for the BFS special skills modules in Pelvic Ultrasound, Management of the Infertile Couple, Assisted Conception, Embryo Transfer/IUI, Male Fertility and Quality Management of a Fertility Service. He is past chair of the training committee of the British Fertility Society and past-member of the education committee of the International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS). He is actively involved in promoting education and training opportunities both in the UK and overseas in the fields of gynaecology and reproductive medicine, and is affiliated to the University of Manchester.
Prof O’Mahony is a Consultant physician. He first qualified in Science (Microbiology) in 1975, and then went on to do Medicine, in the hope of putting off the day when he would finally have to work for a living! He did an MD in Immunology but he was never clever enough to become a “real proper GP doctor” and he liked talking to patients far too much to ever consider being a surgeon. Fortuitously, he ended up in a VD Clinic in Sir Patrick Dunn’s Hospital in Dublin, doing a session, and there – like St Paul on the road to Damascus, enlightenment. Here was just the job for your average repressed Irish Catholic. There was sex, shame, guilt, anxiety, confession, forgiveness and penance. He had found his niche!
He has been a thorn in the side of DoH for many years, agitating about portakabin culture of STD services and stuff like bivalent vaccine instead of quadrivalent. He is appalled at the downgrading of sexual health services being shoved over to councils. Councils are excellent at tendering for bin emptying and pot hole filling and have applied the same knowledge (or lack of) to sexual health services. This has resulted in disasters all over England with many previously brilliant services now locked in a ‘race to the bottom’.
Sam is a Visiting Professor at Bournemouth University and an expert witness in community sexual and reproductive health. He was a GP in Bedfordshire for 17 years and then worked in CASH services in Hertfordshire, Worcestershire and Dorset. He was Chair of the FSRH Clinical Effectiveness Committee for 6 years. He was one of the first clinicians in the UK to insert and remove Norplant in 1993. He has been a Faculty-registered trainer throughout the introduction of and experience with Implanon and then Nexplanon. He was a member of the NICE LARC guideline development group. He has published on design aspects of implants and complications resulting from implants. He has given expert evidence in many cases of litigation relating to contraceptive implants. He is keen that lessons learnt from harm done are fed back into training and clinical practice. He believes that we all need to be champions of patient safety.
Sarah works as a GP in Cornwall but carries a portfolio of extended interests. She runs the menopause referral service for NHS Kernow and provides clinical leadership to the CCG for Women’s Health and Cancer. She teaches nationally and has published extensively with a focus on applying the latest research in women’s health to primary care. She was a member of the group who developed NICE guidance on Heavy Menstrual Bleeding. Her wider role includes medical politics, BBC local radio and as a Team Leader for the Fitness to Practice directorate of the GMC.
Shelly has been working with victims of rape, domestic and sexual abuse and sex workers since the 1990’s. She is the Operational manager of a Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) and an Outreach worker with street sex workers in Liverpool as well as lecturing and training in a multiplicity of disciplines.
She has presented and delivered papers at a wide range of conferences on the subject of violence against sex workers, child sexual exploitation and rape. She was involved in setting up the National Ugly Mugs Service for Sex Workers. She is involved with writing and developing national good practice and has published on the subject of violence against sex workers in several journals. Recently, she was part of the National Rape Steering Group which developed the National Rape Action Plan for the UK.
Her specialist areas are violence against sex workers, sexual and domestic violence/abuse, and Child sexual exploitation. She sits on local, regional and national forum’s relating to these issues
Virginia Beckett is an Obstetrician & Gynaecologist at one of the busiest maternity units in the UK, in Bradford, West Yorkshire. She is Clinical Lead for Reproductive Medicine and has a special interest in Maternal Medicine.
Virginia trained in London, specialising early on in Reproductive Medicine. During her sub-specialty training, she developed her skills in Maternal Medicine and in the care of women with PCOS. These skills are particularly relevant to the population she now cares for in Bradford. She aims to deliver individualised, holistic care.
Virginia is a media spokesperson for The Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists, commenting regularly in the press on issues with respect to O&G. She edited ‘The Pregnancy Book’ for the Department of Health for many years and her book ‘My Pregnancy’, a handbook for pregnancy, was published by Dorling Kindersley in 2011.