About the Clinical Effectiveness Unit (CEU)

The CEU was formed to support the Clinical Effectiveness Committee of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare and to promote evidence based clinical practice. It is fully funded by the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare.

In January 2015, a new CEU team was appointed and is based in Edinburgh. The co-directors are Dr Ailsa Gebbie and Dr Sharon Cameron with deputy director Dr Sarah Hardman. The CEU Researcher is Dr Zhong Eric Chen.

There are 4 main workstreams to the work of the CEU:

  • Evidence based guidance 
  • Member´s Enquiry Service 
  • New product reviews 
  • Clinical audit / research

Members Enquiry

The Clinical Effectiveness Unit (CEU) provides an enquiry service for FSRH members. The CEU response will summarise the available evidence and guidance in relation to a particular condition or method. The advice given should be considered as guidance only and is meant to be used along with clinical judgement to guide clinical practice or policy.

The enquiry service cannot provide clinical advice on individual cases. The CEU strongly recommends that you discuss any complex clinical query with your specialist contraceptive lead.

Current Members can log in to My FSRH to view existing clinical enquiries and to make a new clinical enquiry as part of their membership benefits.

CEU Team

Dr Ailsa Gebbie – Consultant Gynaecologist and CEU Co-Director
Ailsa has overall operational responsibility for managing and overseeing the successful delivery of all the CEU aims and objectives to support the Clinical Effectiveness Committee within the FSRH. She has the remit to ensure the quality and timely output of CEU work and manages the staff team at Chalmers. Ailsa can be contacted at ailsa.gebbie@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk. 

Dr Sharon Cameron – Consultant Gynaecologist and CEU Co-Director
Sharon is the main academic lead within the CEU and has overall strategic responsibility for the work. In addition to leading on the major CEU projects, she ensures that the CEU identifies the new research evidence in sexual and reproductive health which can be incorporated into clinical practice. Sharon can be contacted at sharon.cameron@ed.ac.uk.

Dr Sarah Hardman – CEU Deputy Director
Sarah works with Ailsa and Sharon to coordinate all CEU activities. She contributes actively to the guideline development process and checks responses to members’ enquiries. She responds to press enquiries and requests for statements and new product reviews. Sarah can be contacted at sarah.hardman@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk.

Dr Zhong Eric Chen – CEU Researcher
Eric has responsibility for conducting systematic literature reviews to identify and synthesis evidence to inform the development of clinical guideline documents and to provide responses to the members’ enquiries service. Eric can be contacted at eric.chen@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk.

Mrs Valerie Warner – CEU Researcher
Valerie has responsibility for conducting systematic literature reviews to identify and synthesise evidence to inform the development of clinical guideline documents and to provide responses to the members’ enquiries service. Valerie can be contacted at Valerie.Warner@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk or on +44(0) 131 536 3831.

Ms Helen Carrington-Riebicke – CEU Project Support Officer
Helen has responsibility for the administration in the CEU office including logging members enquires and sending the responses. She organises meetings held in Chalmers Centre and organises the CEU team’s diary, to make sure the CEU team are aware of ongoing deadlines. Helen can contacted at Helen.Carrington-Rie@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk or on +44(0)131 536 3830.


Contact details of the CEU

Clinical Effectiveness Unit (CEU)
Chalmers Centre
2a Chalmers Street
Edinburgh EH3 9ES

Email: CEU.Chalmers@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk

Telephone +44 (0)131 536 3830

You can also contact the CEU via our Contact Us form, please be sure to select the option entitled 'Published Clinical Enquiries'.