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Dr Asha Kasliwal, FSRH President, January 2018 update
Date: 24 Jan 2018
Dr Asha Kasliwal welcomes members to 2018 and provides an update on plans for the 25th anniversary year at FSRH.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish all FSRH members a very happy new year and to welcome you to our 25th year as the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare and independently governed charity. We know that the need for non-judgmental, safe and effective sexual and reproductive health is as important as ever and I would like to pay tribute to the people who worked so hard to set up our Faculty 25 years ago. I hope that some of you will join me at the member’s dinner we have planned on November 22nd (during Current Choices) when we will be marking this occasion more fully.
I am delighted to also be opening the new year with the news that we now have a new board of trustees at the FSRH. We had a great deal of interest in both the member roles and in the externally appointed roles. I was very pleased with how many of the candidates expressed a passion for SRH and the range of skills and experience they demonstrated. It proved difficult to choose between the candidates and we are really grateful to all those who applied. However I am confident that we now have a Board of 11 trustees who are knowledgeable and diligent and who will take the role of being custodians of the FSRH’s strategy and resources very seriously indeed. There will soon be profiles of the new trustees on the website so do look out for these. The new board will be working very closely with our Council (whose membership remains unchanged). This work will include reviewing the future direction of the Faculty – a process that will start with a workshop in February involving senior staff, trustees and Council members and which will be followed by events in different parts of the UK to ask our members how you see the future direction of the Faculty. To my knowledge this is the first time that we have done these sort of events and I do hope you will come along and engage in this ‘big conversation’. We have made great progress over the last few years and we are in an excellent position from which to plan for the future. We know that we face significant challenges and opportunities and I hope you will help inform our new trustees in tackling these. Please look out for the dates and locations of these events on the Faculty website and come along and share your views.
I would also like to take a moment to welcome our new style Journal – now retitled BMJ Sexual & Reproductive Health – a development that has come about as a result of a new co-ownership agreement between the BMJ and the FSRH. I hope you like the new cover and title but more importantly I hope that you will engage with the important issues that the Journal is tackling and the innovations being brought to it by the Editorial Team. As a member you should receive quarterly the paper journal to your door and have access to the online version all the time. If you have any difficulties accessing the Journal please do get in touch with our membership team. I am also delighted to say that the Chalmers Service at Edinburgh will be continuing to deliver all our Guidance and associated member benefits via our Clinical Effectiveness Unit for another 3 years. I hope you will agree that they are a fantastic resource for us (paid for by our subscriptions) and are delivering or planning to deliver more and more member benefits linked to the FSRH CEU products including our series of webinars (free to FSRH members by logging into the website here) based around FSRH CEU guidance. Look out for webinars this year on CHC, HMB, menopause and more.
I hope that we can help support your clinical practice in SRH this year and I trust that you will bring your ideas and energy to our work to help us build on our success to achieve even more in the next 25 years.