Scotland Committee

The Scotland Committee aims to promote the specialty of SRH in Scotland, providing clinical leadership in SRH across territorial Health Boards, contributing to local regional and national policy development and implementation, sharing good practice and challenges between members and to practitioners in SRH more widely. It aims to provide FSRH with an understanding of the Scottish context and promote the work of FSRH in Scotland. Members from the larger territorial Health Boards host a national annual sexual and reproductive health update day. 


Scotland committee’s key achievements in 2015 were:

  • Annual sexual health update day 1 October 2015 hosted by Grampian in Aberdeen 
  • Two face to face meetings in Perth 
  • Contribution by members to 2 major Scottish consultations - updated Scottish SHBBV strategy and pregnancy and parenthood in young people 
  • Contribution by members to FSRH vision document 
  • Contribution to FSRH Governance working group by outgoing Scottish Chair 
  • Contribution to Council and representation of devolved nation issues by Chairs 
  • Shared challenges in practice and disseminated best practice, for example in 2015 by dissemination of changed CEU guidance on quickstarting after ulipristal and by contributing to Scottish guidance after ulipristal approved as P-medicine for pharmacy use in Scotland October 2015 

Contribution by committee members to development of Scottish monitoring frameworks including but not limited to reestablishment of national monitoring and advisory group for sexual health and publication of key clinical indicators for LARC.

Looking ahead to 2016, Scotland Committee will:

  • Disseminate good practice in SRH in Scotland 
  • Lothian will host 2016 national sexual health update meeting in May 2016 with contribution from several members to developing and facilitating programme 
  • Shared challenges to be discussed at meetings and between as necessary 
  • Re-audit of skin-cleansing before contraceptive implant insertion/removal completed and disseminated March 2016
  • Continue to advise Scottish Government, Scottish Parliament, Scottish lead clinicians for sexual health and BBV, Scottish Executive leads for SHBBV and others about SRH matters and continue to raise the profile of SRH 
  • In 2016 work likely to include impact of devolution of abortion law on women's health in Scotland and the UK and supporting implementation of Pregnancy and Parenthood in Young People (PP-YP) strategy 
  • Develop Scottish implementation plan following launch of FSRH vision document

Committee Members’ Names:

  • Pauline McGough (Chair) NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
  • Ruth Holman NHS Ayrshire & Arran
  • Anne McLellan NHS Lanarkshire
  • Olga Diaz-Morales NHS Forth Valley
  • Heike Gleser NHS Tayside
  • Hame Lata NHS Highland
  • Alison Scott NHS Lothian
  • Ailsa Wylie NHS Borders
  • Maggie Gurney NHS Dumfries & Galloway
  • Susan Brechin NHS Grampian
  • Karin Piegsa NHS Fife
  • NHS Orkney, NHS Shetland and NHS Western Isles lead clinicians get minutes of meetings and may contribute to the work but do not usually attend meetings