BSACP/RSM Hybrid Conference on 'Abortion Care: Focusing on the Future' - 7 October 2022 - Online

Date: 07 Oct 2022

Start time: 08:30AM

End time: 06:00PM

Venue: Royal Society of Medicine

1 Wimpole Street





Cost: £23–160 (discounts for BSACP/RSM members)

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BSACP/RSM Hybrid Conference on 'Abortion Care: Focusing on the Future' -  7 October 2022 - Online

Opening times

Daytime event.


  • Unplanned Pregnancy and Abortion Care
  • Contraception

This hybrid conference, jointly organised by the British Society of Abortion Care Providers (BSACP) and the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM), provides the opportunity for healthcare professionals working in the field of abortion care and provision to come together face-to-face as a supportive community.

The conference will facilitate networking and improve participants’ knowledge of new styles of abortion provision. It will look to the future in providing patient-centred care in an inclusive way.

A series of lectures will provide updates on the management of post-abortion complications, provision of transgender and non-binary abortion care, new styles of abortion provision, and non-judgemental post-abortion contraceptive counselling. During the lunch and refreshment breaks there will be opportunities to learn about services supporting abortion providers, view posters demonstrating new research in the field, take part in an ‘abortion book club’ discussion, as well as networking with colleagues.

Attend this event to learn about:

  • Maximising the role of nurses and midwives in abortion care
  • Novel delivery methods for post-abortion contraception and non-judgemental counselling
  • Management of post-abortion complications
  • Abortion care for transgender and non-binary individuals
  • Provision of inclusive abortion care
  • Stigma in abortion care 
  • The evolving landscape of abortion in the context of commissioning and integrated care systems (ICS)

This event is available to attend in person or virtually. 


Welcome and introduction

8:30am Registration, tea and coffee  
9:00am Welcome and introduction Dr Tracey Masters, Consultant in Sexual and Reproductive Health, Homerton Sexual Health Service and Co-Chair, British Society of Abortion Care Providers
9:10am Introducing the themes of the conference Dr Rebecca McKay, Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust and Abortion Module Guardian, Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare 

Session 1: Maximising the role of nurses and midwives in abortion care

Chair: Dr Nabanita Ghosh, Medical Director, National Unplanned Pregnancy Advisory Service

9:20am The role of nurses in abortion services
Ms Nicola Cash, Emergency Gynaecology Specialist Nurse, North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust
9:45am Post-abortion care
Ms Delia McDermott, Regional Clinical Lead, National Unplanned Pregnancy Advisory Service
10:10am Non-judgemental contraceptive counselling
Dr Annabel Sowemimo, Founder, Decolonising Contraception
10:35am Post-abortion contraception – novel delivery methods
Dr Caroline Gazet, Regional Clinical Director, British Pregnancy Advisory Service
11:00am Panel discussion  
11:10am Tea, coffee break and poster viewing  
11:40am Stigma in abortion care
Dr Jayne Kavanagh, Associate Clinical Professor in Medical Education, University College London
12:00pm Free Communications Prize - oral presentations
Chair: Dr Patricia Lohr, Medical Director, British Pregnancy Advisory Service 
12:40pm Lunch break and poster viewing  
1:20pm Networking session

Kind to Women
Documentary film about the 1967 Abortion Act

Abortion book club
'Middenrammers’ (John Bart) – book discussion led by Dr Rishita Nandagiri and Dr Joe Strong 

Abortion Talk
Display stand – Dr Jayne Kavanagh

Doctors for Choice
Display stand –To be confirmed

Session 2: The future landscape of abortion

Chair: Mr Jonathan Lord, Medical Director, MSI Reproductive Choices

2:00pm Commissioning - regional networks - Integrated Care System
Dr Nigel Acheson, Chief Medical Officer, Integrated Care System for Devon
2:25pm Complex cases - management of post-abortion complications
Dr Patricia Lohr, Medical Director, British Pregnancy Advisory Service and Mr Ed Dorman, Consultant, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Homerton Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
2:50pm Panel discussion  
3:00pm Tea, coffee break and networking  

Session 3: Inclusive abortion care

Chair: Dr Caroline Scherf, Consultant in Sexual and Reproductive Health, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

3:20pm Northern Ireland update
Dr Laura McLaughlin, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Ulster Hospital, Belfast
3:45pm Trans-inclusive abortion care
Dr Francis Ray White, Reader in Sociology, University of Westminster
4:10pm ACTIONS: Abortion care training for nurses
Professor Monica McLemore, Dr Linda S. Franck and Dr Nikki Lanshaw, Abortion Care Training Incubator for Outstanding Nurse Scholars, University of California, San Francisco, USA
4:35pm Panel discussion  
4:45pm Announcement of prize winners and closing remarks Dr Patricia Lohr and Mr Jonathan Lord
4:55pm Close of meeting  
5:00pm British Society of Abortion Care Providers Annual General Meeting (for BSACP members) and drinks reception