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 Clinical Effectiveness Committee and to promote evidence based clinical practice. It is fully funded by the FSRH.

The FSRH CEU has been based at Chalmers Centre in Edinburgh since January 2015. The FSRH CEU is overseen by FSRH Clinical Effectiveness Committee and is Directed by Dr Sarah Hardman.

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 new 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


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. 


Reviewing information for consumers

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


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 Sarah Upali, Marketing Manager with information about what are you looking to promote.



Dr Sarah Hardman – Specialty Doctor SRH and CEU Director

Sarah works half time directing the FSRH CEU; the other half of her week she is a Specialty Doctor in SRH at the Chalmers Centre in Edinburgh. At any one time Sarah will be leading on development of at least one clinical guideline and working on supporting material such as webinars and lectures; she triages member evidence requests as they come in to give the researchers a clinical perspective on which to base their literature search – and she ensures that the responses are clinically relevant; she leads the FSRH CEU response to emerging research, new products and relevant news stories; she liaises with outside organisations such as the Family Planning Association, BASHH and the BNF to ensure that guidance is aligned.

Sarah can be contacted at Sarah.Hardman@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk.

Dr Chelsea Morroni – CEU Deputy Director

Chelsea is the Deputy Director of the UK Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare’s Clinical Effectiveness Unit, appointed in May 2018. Chelsea works with Sharon and Sarah on CEU activities and strategy and leads in the guideline development process.

Chelsea is a women’s health epidemiologist and sexual and reproductive health doctor with clinical and academic experience in the UK and Southern Africa, currently living in Botswana.

She is a Reader in International Sexual and Reproductive Health at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and clinical lead for SRH at the Botswana UPenn Partnership, holds an honorary Professorship in women’s health at the University of Cape Town and is an honorary research associate with the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute in South Africa and the Botswana-Harvard Aids Institute Partnership. Chelsea is clinically active, and in collaboration with the NGO BOFWA founded and runs the only doctor-referral SRH clinic in Botswana.

Chelsea can be contacted at chelsea.morroni@lstmed.ac.uk.

Mrs Valerie Findlay – CEU Researcher

Valerie is responsible for conducting systematic literature reviews to identify and synthesise evidence to inform the development of clinical guidance and responses to new evidence, new products and news stories. She carries out literature searches to provide responses to FSRH members’ evidence requests. Valerie co-ordinates work with our guideline development groups and facilitates patient representative involvement. She works on ensuring that FSRH educational resources for clinicians and information produced for patients by outside organisations is in line with FSRH guidance. She is also responsible for the FSRH CEU bi-monthly newsletter to members.

Valerie can be contacted at Valerie.E.Findlay@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk or on +44(0) 131 536 3831.

Dr Zhong Eric Chen – CEU Researcher

Eric works part-time at the FSRH CEU and has responsibility for conducting systematic literature reviews to identify and synthesise evidence to inform the development of clinical guidance. Eric leads on the FSRH National Benchmarking Audit and is a member of the FSRH Clinical Studies Group.

Eric is the Research Manager for the Scottish Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus (SHBBV) Framework Research and Engagement Project. He engages with stakeholders to support collaborative research projects that inform the SHBBV Framework Outcomes and to facilitate the development of a Scottish SHBBV research strategy.

Eric is an Honorary Fellow with the University of Edinburgh where he graduated with his PhD in Sociology, MSc in Public Health Research and a BSc in Reproductive Biology. Eric’s interdisciplinary background reflects his broad research interest in SRH. 

Eric can be contacted at Eric.Chen@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 be contacted at Helen.Carrington-Rie@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk or on +44(0)131 536 3830.

Miss Claire Nicol – Senior SRH Nurse and CEU Nurse Researcher
Having trained as a midwife, Claire moved into Sexual and Reproductive Health in 2007. Claire holds a DFSRH and has trained to insert IUDs. She is Lead Nurse for the abortion service within Chalmers Centre in Edinburgh and leads on post-graduate education and development. She has been involved in the development of a Post-Graduate Certificate in SRH at Edinburgh Napier University and in the training of midwives to become Contraceptive Champions. For 6 hours a week, Claire has been working with the FSRH CEU to support Clinical Guideline development.


Contact details of the CEU

FSRH 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 Guidance'.