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Dr Diana Mansour on the role of an FSRH Senior Vice President
Date: 19 Apr 2018
Author: Dr Diana Mansour
What life is really like for an FSRH Senior Vice President.
Some think the role of a FSRH Senior Vice President is glamourous – travelling around the globe, attending international meetings and occasionally reading through FSRH CEU statements, standards and guidelines. If only this was the case – admittedly I am flying back from the RCOG World Congress in Singapore as I write this – however I have given three presentations in one day and schmoozed with the great and the good.
On the flight out to Singapore I was putting the finishing touches to my lectures plus reading around the subjects so that I would not be caught out by any difficult questions. I covered contraception post-termination of pregnancy, comorbidities and contraception plus to bleed or not to bleeding in women using hormonal contraception. I was nearly stumped when asked why women who had undergone sterilisation were less likely to develop ovarian cancer (not my subject area but the speaker was lecturing in another hall and was not available). Thank goodness I remembered that in the papers on the subject some subjects had undergone salpingectomy which may have accounted for the findings. Other theories related to reduced ovarian blood supply (although this was never confirmed in practice) and perhaps blocking the fallopian tubes reduced the passage of carcinogens from the uterus to the fimbrial ends.
I have also looked through an HTA research application during this 13 hour flight and will be ready to start my gynaecology clinic at 9am this morning followed by my haematology/gynaecology clinic at the Royal Victoria Infirmary this afternoon. All of the FSRH Officers are still in clinical practice and most are working full-time therefore much of my FSRH work takes place in my own time although my Trust has given me up to 40 hours of professional leave a year for FSRH work.
So what else do I do as Vice President for Clinical Quality? Until very recently I chaired the FSRH Clinical Effectiveness Committee, formulating the meeting’s agenda, chairing the FSRH CEU management meeting, the FSRH CEC and the joint meeting with the BNF, reading and checking the minutes of these meetings along with signing off the CEU statements and clinical guidelines. These are highly valued and freely available to all as they are NICE-accredited. I am very pleased to hand over the work of the CEC chair to Dr Farah Paruk, a GP and a member of the CEC. Watch out for the new updated guidelines on Combined Hormonal Contraception in late May 2018.
In the last year I chaired the group that formulated the first FSRH national audit. For those of you who have yet to complete this audit covering emergency contraception, do look at the FSRH website where an excel sheet has been developed by Eric Chen from the CEU so that you can submit your personal data and he will benchmark this data against other submissions from general practice, community services, pharmacies and secondary care. (Please note the deadline to submit your completed data is 30 April 2018).
I am also the Officer for the Clinical Studies Group that oversees research in the field, the Clinical Standards Committee producing the much needed publications to improve patient safety and, along with senior FSRH staff, have overseen the transition of the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Healthcare to the new BMJ SRH Journal. Lastly I now sit on the Board of Trustees and the FSRH Council. It is hard to believe that the FSRH is 25 years old this year – it has been an amazing journey from the NAFPD days to a grown-up SRH specialty with national and international recognition.