We are pleased to announce our first SAS Committee at the FSRH.
We are a group of committed and enthusiastic SAS doctors who want to advocate for all other SAS doctors working within SRH. To improve representation of our diverse group of SAS doctors working across the country, we have created regional representatives to be your local contact. Please contact them via email with any ideas or issues you may have related to your work as an SAS doctor in SRH. We look forward to hearing from you.
Dr Sophie Nicholls
SAS Lead Doctor
SAS Committee Chair
Sophie developed an interest in SRH whilst training as a GP and worked as both a Specialty Doctor in SRH and as a GP for 4yrs before moving to Australia with her family in 2017. There she worked mainly in sexual health, specialising in women’s health and vasectomy which included setting up a new Vasectomy service for Family Planning NSW in Sydney. She has been working in Sexual Health in Southampton for Solent NHS Trust since returning to the UK in 2019 where she sees a mixture of GUM and contraception patients alongside her weekly Vasectomy operating list.
Dr Alyson Welsh
SAS Committee Vice Chair
Alyson qualified as a GP while serving with the Royal Army Medical Corps before becoming a Specialty Doctor in Sexual Health in Lanarkshire in 2010. During training, Alyson completed the DRCOG, DFSRH and Letters of Competence in implants and intrauterine techniques and has subsequently undertaken training with the IPM to Diploma level. Alyson also works as a Sexual Offences Examiner within Archway, Glasgow, and is the joint clinical lead for the Glasgow based My Body Back Service providing cervical screening for those who have experienced sexual violence.
Dr Georgina Forbes
Georgina Forbes is a Specialist Doctor in Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare in Aneurin Bevan University Healthboard, South Wales. She has worked in the specialty since 2011 and been an SAS doctor since 2013. She is passionate about promoting the SAS grade and ensuring fair treatment for SAS Doctors. Her areas of special interest include medically complex contraception, safeguarding and increasing access to contraception.
Dr Anne McMaster
Northern Ireland, Northern, North Western & Mersey Representative
Anne is a Specialty doctor in SRH working for the Belfast HSC Trust with a special interest in complex implant removal. She has always had an interest in Women’s Health and when she completed the Diploma, in what was then Family Planning, she knew that this was the career for her. Taking an SAS post allowed her to develop a career in SRH while still having plenty of time with her family. She spends her free time enjoying walking in the beautiful County Antrim countryside with her spaniels.
Dr Sanjiva Dharmaratne
Yorkshire, East Midlands (North & South) & Eastern Representative
Sanjiva has worked for the last 10 years as a Specialty doctor in Sexual health for York and Scarborough Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust. She has over 20 years experience in working in the field of sexual health and a decade of working in female reproductive health. She is the Associate General Training Program Director for North Yorkshire, a Faculty Registered trainer for the Diploma and Letters of Competencies and she is working towards completing the FSRH Special skills module for Ultrasound scanning.
Dr Rachel Hayward
West Midlands, Oxford & Thames Valley Representative
Dr Rachel Hayward is a Specialty Doctor in Sexual Health and HIV Medicine at University Hospitals Birmingham. She graduated from Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry in 2008 and took up her current post in Birmingham in 2012. Rachel completed her DFSRH in 2015 and gained her Letters of Competence in 2019. She currently works within the Umbrella Sexual Health Service, seeing GUM and contraception patients, and at the HIV outpatient clinic at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Dr Chandni Sood
London, Kent, Surrey & Sussex Representative
Chandni has been working in sexual and reproductive health since 2016. Based in a busy London clinic, she has a special interest in education and training and is Faculty Registered Trainer in LARC methods. She is passionate about her career as a specialty doctor and is keen to promote this role.
Dr Hannah Leng
Wessex, Severn & Peninsula Representative
During her time as a GP Hannah developed an interest in SRH which lead her to complete the DFSRH and Letters of Competence in SDI and IUT. In 2014 she started working for Gloucestershire Sexual Health Services as a Speciality Doctor. She is now a Faculty Registered Trainer and she has passed the FSRH membership exams. She enjoys a varied week including integrated sexual health, complex contraception, pregnancy advisory and training clinics.