Clinical Effectiveness Committee (CEC)

The Clinical Effectiveness Committee oversees FSRH’s Clinical Effectiveness Unit (CEU), which works to promote evidence-based clinical practice. The unit has 4 main work streams: evidence-based guidance (including the review and update of the UK Medical Eligibility Criteria); members’ evidence request; new product reviews and clinical audit/research.


The committee also liaises and works collaboratively with the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and other professional organisations on issues of clinical practice. In addition, the committee prepares briefings for FSRH Council on emerging issues at the forefront of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (SRH).


Such outputs contribute to SRH services, which are centered not only on optimising patient access to a choice of sexual and reproductive healthcare methods but are also staffed by a well-trained workforce. Access and training are essential parts of the Faculty vision.

The Clinical Effectiveness Committee's successes in 2017

The Clinical Effectiveness Committee had a productive 2017. The Clinical Effectiveness Unit successfully completed five guideline documents. This included guidelines on Contraception After Pregnancy, Emergency Contraception, Quick Starting Contraception and Contraception for Women aged over 40.

The committee have also taken advantage of FSRH’s recently updated website, successfully delivering webinars on topics related to these guidelines for FSRH members.

Finally, the Clinical Effectiveness Unit produced several timely statements for topical SRH issues in the media. The capacity to respond to members’ enquiries continued to improve, with clear processes established for responding, along with rapid turnaround times.

Plans for 2018

In 2018, the Clinical Effectiveness Committee will review and update guidance documents. It will work on new product reviews, and on the production of FSRH media statements. The committee will make further progress in delivering cutting-edge webinars for members and will continue to attend and contribute to meetings with NICE, BASHH and the BNF. 

Current Committee Members

  • Dr Farah Paruk (Committee Chair) 
  • Dr Diana Mansour (Officer)
  • Ms Toni Belfield
  • Dr Rachel d’Souza
  • Dr Deepa Grover (BASHH Representative)
  • Ms Natika Halil (FPA Representative)
  • Ms Shelley Mehigan (E-learning Representative)
  • Ms Janet Dearden (Nurse Representative)
  • Dr Karin Piesga
  • Dr Janine Simpson (Trainee Representative)
  • Nerea Asiain (Pharmacist Representative)
Ms Shelley Mehigan's profile (E-Learning Representative)

I joined the CEC committee because I wanted to take a more active part in the FSRH and I was interested in the work of the CEC in particular. In addition, I had been invited to join one of the guidance development groups and this piqued my interest. Over the years this has led to involvement in all aspects of guidance development, including UKMEC, and, later, joining other committees.

My work on this committee has been stimulating and I have valued feeling a part of the wider FSRH community. I have been involved in a number of initiatives over the years which have enhanced my skills and knowledge in SRH. On a personal level it has been a privilege to meet and work alongside so many other dedicated professionals from all walks of SRH life. I feel certain that this also gave me the confidence to become more involved on a wider scale such as being one of the UK representatives on the ESC, including a stint as the first non-doctor Vice President.

One particular passion of mine has been encouraging more nurses to join and become part of the work of the FSRH and I feel I have managed to achieve this.

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