About the FSRH Clinical Effectiveness Unit (CEU)

The Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare Clinical Effectiveness Unit (FSRH CEU) was formed to support the FSRH members and to develop and promote evidence based clinical practice. It is fully funded by the FSRH.

The FSRH CEU and is based at FSRH London offices and is led by Clinical Director, Dr Rebecca Strauss and Head of the CEU, Sarah Willett. The CEU is overseen by the Vice President for Clinical Quality and the Clinical Quality Board.

FSRH CEU Workstreams

There are four main workstreams to the work of the FSRH CEU:

  • Evidence-based guidance 
  • Member´s evidence request service
  • National Benchmarking Audit
  • Reviewing clinical content of output from FSRH and partner organisations

In addition to the four main workstreams, the FSRH CEU also provides research and clinical support to the FSRH.

Evidence-based clinical guidance

The FSRH CEU produces a range of evidence-based clinical guidance documents including NICE-accredited FSRH Clinical Guidelines, the UK Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use (UKMEC), FSRH Clinical Statements and product reviews.

Member’s Evidence Request - Supporting Clinical Practice

The FSRH CEU provides an evidence request service for FSRH members. The FSRH CEU response will summarise the available evidence and guidance in relation to use of contraception by a woman with a particular medical condition. Clinicians should use the evidence identified to inform their own clinical decision-making. Note that FSRH CEU clinicians do not give expert advice or opinion in individual cases; such cases should be discussed with your local specialist contraceptive lead.

Current Members can log in to My FSRH to view existing requests and answers and to make a new evidence request as part of their membership benefits. After logging in, click on 'Members' evidence request' to see the full database of questions and answers. You can search by keyword.

National Benchmarking Audit

The FSRH CEU leads on the FSRH National Benchmarking Audits. The aim of the FSRH National Benchmarking Audit is to provide an electronic tool, as a members’ benefit, to support individual members to audit the sexual and reproductive services they offer. It is primarily focused on primary care but is also reproducible in specialist services and voluntary agencies.

Reviewing clinical content from other organisations

The FSRH CEU is funded through membership fees and there is limit to what support we can offer to other organisations who use our guideline content. Below are different types of content and where we are able to help and where we unfortunately cannot:

FSRH CEU Involvement?

Type of review request

FSRH CEU involvement, or not

Yes

Inputting into third party clinical guidelines

The FSRH CEU reviews some third party guidelines (eg RCOG, NICE) to ensure that clinical content accurately reflects available evidence and is in line with FSRH guidance. 

No

Reviewing information for consumers

We do not work with any organisations who produce consumer information on sexual and reproductive healthcare aside from the fpa. 

No

Reviewing clinical content of mobile apps, toolkits etc

Unfortunately the FSRH CEU doesn’t have capacity to review the content of independently developed mobile apps, toolkits or documents.

Endorsing/promoting third party apps, toolkits etc

We do not have an endorsement process for third party information, apps or toolkits etc. We can on some occasions share content from others through our communication channels. Please contact support@fsrh.org with information about what are you looking to promote.

 

FSRH Rights and Permissions Policy

Reproducing or translating FSRH copyrighted material

All FSRH materials, including but not limited to clinical standards, guidelines, UK MEC, published statements, eLearning resources and electronic documents published by the FSRH are copyright protected. Depending on the nature of a request to reproduce or translate FSRH copyrighted materials, a fee may be charged.

Using FSRH materials in a clinical setting

Please note there is no restriction on our materials for the purposes listed below.

  • To support and inform your day-to-day clinical work
  • For personal use for revision for exams or study purposes, or to show to patients in a clinical setting

Use of FSRH materials for other purposes

If you wish to reproduce or translate FSRH copyrighted materials to present at an event, use in a publication or to support the delivery of study courses in the form of printed or digital course materials, you must seek copyright approval from us beforehand. If you are a commercial organisation benefiting financially from using FSRH materials, a charge for use may apply.

Requesting permission

To request permission to reproduce or translate FSRH copyrighted materials, please complete a request form.

Please note that upon receipt of full information required to make assess the request, you should normally receive a decision within 10 working days.

Use of the FSRH logo by third parties

The FSRH logo is the intellectual property of the FSRH. There is strict control on use of the FSRH logo by third parties.

Permission to use the logo is only provided for FSRH business or where the FSRH has participated in an event, publication or collaborative activity, or where use of the logo is specifically agreed in advance and a licence has been issued.

To request permission to use the FSRH logo, or for more information, please email support@fsrh.org.

Enquiries about use of FSRH copyrighted materials

For general enquiries regarding requests to use FSRH copyrighted materials, please contact support@fsrh.org.

The FSRH CEU team

Dr Rebecca Strauss 

Rebecca has worked in the field of Sexual and Reproductive healthcare for over 15 years. She moved into the specialty after training to become a GP. She is particularly interested in complex contraception, service improvement and education. In her current role, Rebecca oversees the clinical governance for Contraception across Locala’s three Sexual Health Services in the North of England. She is also the General Training Programme Director and spends a lot of her time organising and delivering educational events locally, such as Fitters Forums and Sexual Health Updates.  

Sarah Willett 

Sarah spent the past 15 years working at NICE on delivering both clinical and public health guidelines for the NHS. Sarah became an Associate Director in 2011 leading on the quality assurance and commissioning of clinical guidelines and setting up a novel surveillance system for determining when guidelines need updating and initiating early thinking about rapid updates, the forerunner to the living guidelines project. For the last five years Sarah oversaw the development of a range of public health guidelines. Prior to working at NICE Sarah was both a business and service manager in some of London’s hospitals. 

Ewelina Rogozińska, PhD 

Ewelina is a researcher with experience in conducting evidence-synthesis projects, guideline development and a passion for women’s health research. She has been evaluating and critically appraising evidence on maternal and women’s health-related topics for over a decade. Her interest in research methodology and integrity led her to become involved in activities promoting research robust standards, teaching about systematic reviews and meta-analysis, and participating in the development of clinical practice guidelines for the World Health Organisation. In 2017, she successfully defended her PhD thesis on the effect of diet and physical activity-based interventions on pregnancy outcomes. Since 2019 she has been a member of the Meta-Analysis Group (MRC Clinical Trial Unit at UCL) embarking on various advanced evidence synthesis projects and methodological reviews.  

Andrea Takeda, PhD

Andrea began her career in evidence synthesis 20 years ago, working in the Southampton Health Technology Assessments Centre to develop systematic reviews and economic evaluations for NICE. Since then she has enjoyed a diverse range of evidence synthesis work, including as a systematic review specialist with the Research Design Service at QMUL and more recently in a variety of roles at Cochrane. She was the Methods specialist for the former Cochrane Heart group, after which she moved to Cochrane ENT to work on prioritisation of topics. More recently, she has undertaken freelance systematic review work and rapid evidence reviews for clients within the field of public health.

Contact details of the CEU

Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare
10-18 Union Street
London
SE1 1SZ

Email: CEU@fsrh.org 

You can also contact the CEU via the contact us form