Clinical Standards Committee (CSC)
The FSRH Clinical Standards Committee (CSC) produces and updates subject specific standards to guide clinical governance across all Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) services.
These standards are applicable to individual clinicians, as well as those managing or commissioning SRH services. They are designed to ensure high quality patient care is delivered as standard and are built upon available clinical evidence and best practice examples. Auditable outcomes are integrated within the standards for practicable application and benchmarking.
The work of the committee has a broad range of impacts, including contributing to improving patient experience and ensuring both the present and future SRH workforce are well trained.
"Sitting on the committee as a trainee representative has been a fantastic learning opportunity and an excellent way to keep up-to-date with what the faculty is up to. I particularly enjoy the team work across geographical & organisational boundaries."
Dr Savita Brito-Mutunayagam (Trainee Representative)
Achievements in 2018
- Publication of the revised FSRH Service Standard for Supporting Doctors' Appraisal and Revalidation in SRH - January 2018.
- Publication of the revised FSRH Service Standards for Medicines Management in Sexual and Reproductive Health Services - August 2018.
- Publication of the revised FSRH Service Standards on Obtaining Valid Consent in SRH Services - September 2018.
- Joint FSRH/BASHH Standard for Online and Remote Providers of Sexual and Reproductive Health Services.
- Delivered presentation on the work of the CSC at the Trainee Education Day and a seminar at Current Choices 2019 on the work of CSC (Applying service standards without compromising patient care).
- Participation in Guideline Development group for CEU including production of audit standards for Contraception choices for Obese Women and the Combined Hormonal Contraception and Emergency Contraception Benchmarking audit.
- Contributed to Choosing Wisely, the FSRH CPD Toolkit and the FSRH e-newsletter and Blog.
- Responded to NICE guidance on Heavy Menstrual Bleeding and PHE draft pharmacy and sexual health, reproductive health and HIV resource. Represented FSRH on the BASHH revision of the Sexual History Taking guideline and BASHH Standards for STI Management.
- To Revise and publish Service Standards for Record Keeping in SRH.
- To Revise and publish Service standards for Consultations in SRH.
- To Revise and publish Service standards on Confidentiality in SRH.
- To Revise and publish Service Standards for Resuscitation in SRH.
- To support CEU in production of clinical guidance by providing representation on each Guideline and production of audit standards including “progesterone–only implant”.
- To respond to appropriate consultations and support partner organisations such as BASHH and NICE.
The work of the Clinical Standards Committee is important because it establishes and maintains good Sexual and Reproductive healthcare practice and high quality services on a national level.
Fiona Dickson (General representative)
Committee Members in 2019
- Dr Helen Munro (Committee Chair)
- Dr Vivian Iguyovwe
- Dr Eric Chen (CEU Representative)
- Mrs Michelle Jenkins(Nurse Representative)
- Dr Diana Mansour (Ex-Officio)
- Dr Louise Massey
- Dr Tony Feltbower (Revalidation Representative)
- Dr Savita Brito-Mutunayagam (Trainee Representative)
- Dr Minal Bakhai (GP Representative)
- Dr Dianna Reed
FSRH Staff Members
- Safiya Jones - firstname.lastname@example.org
Helen Munro, Chair of the Clinical Standards Committee
When you think of Clinical Standards you probably don’t jump with excitement. You may even switch off. But as any health professional will know standards are key to our working lives; protecting our patients and making sure the services we deliver are of the highest quality, safe and based upon sound clinical evidence. Love them or hate them, we need standards!
The reason that I joined the Clinical Standards Committee at FSRH was because I was keen to get more involved with the charity. Having had a “varied” career to date I had finally fallen in love with SRH and had found within co-FSRH members, and colleagues that I met at FSRH conferences, a group of like-minded people enthused by the world of coils, pills, patches and providing safe effective sexual and reproductive health care to all.
By being part of the CSC I feel that I am helping to support my colleagues in SRH, by providing them with easily accessible and readable standards, which are relevant to the doctor or nurse on the ‘shop-floor’. We are very proud within the CSC that our documents are seen as the “gold standard” when thinking about managing or commissioning an SRH service.