Post-Birth Contraception Conference 2024: A Case for Collaboration

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Date: 18 Apr 2024

Start time: 09:30AM

End time: 05:30PM

Venue: Imperial College White City Campus

Scale Space

58 Wood Lane


W12 7RZ

Cost: £60 - £110

Post-Birth Contraception Conference 2024: A Case for Collaboration

Opening times

This conference will begin at 9.30am. This event will take place in London at Scale Space on Imperial College London’s White City Campus, and online via Zoom.


CPD Credits: 5


Dame Lesley Regan

Calling all clinical healthcare professionals, management teams, commissioners and other professionals with a role or interest in delivering post birth contraception services.

We’re delighted to offer this opportunity to join Dame Lesley Regan, Women’s Health Ambassador for England, Dr Michelle Cooper, Consultant in Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare, Dr Ed Mullins, Consultant Obstetrician and other experts to share their experiences and insights.

The conference provides:

  • Valuable insights from post-birth contraception pilots, including first-hand service user experiences.
  • Essential tools and tips to troubleshoot challenges, to foster collaboration
    and to overcome barriers in providing post-birth contraception.
  • Learning on joint commissioning, accessing funding, and actionable steps to kickstart your journey into offering a comprehensive postnatal contraception service.

Discover how to bridge the gap between the desire for postnatal contraception (expressed by 42% of women) and the current limitations within maternity services.

Contraception is a vital component in supporting patients' pregnancy intentions; whether prevention, timing, or spacing. However, challenges persist in accessing immediate post-birth contraception across the UK. This conference aims to spotlight the experiences and lessons learned from the North-West London Post-Birth Contraception Steering Group and other pioneering services, paving the way for the development of comprehensive post-birth contraception services nationwide.

Who should attend?

Midwives, nurses, sexual & reproductive healthcare professionals, GPs, GP postnatal leads, team managers, public health professionals, commissioners and anyone with a role or interest in post birth contraception.

Don't miss this opportunity to be at the forefront of a crucial healthcare initiative. Support your practice, empower your patients, and contribute to advancing post birth contraception services across the UK.

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Please note, the sessions and speakers on this programme are subject to change.

Event information





9:00 Registration and refreshments
9:30 Welcome and Introduction Dame Professor Lesley Regan, Women’s Health Ambassador for England, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Imperial College's St Mary's Hospital Campus, and Honorary Consultant in Gynaecology at the Imperial College NHS Trust, London 
9:45 FSRH strategic priorities: Post-birth contraception providing access and choice Dr Janet Barter, President, Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare
10:10 'Starter for 10’: A decade of PPC research and innovation in Lothian

Dr Michelle Cooper, Consultant in Gynaecology & Sexual Health and Senior Clinical Lecturer
10:40 An overview of the North-West London Post-birth Contraception pilot  Dr Ed Mullins, Consultant Obstetrician, St Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College NHS Trust, London. Obstetric lead for NW London Post-birth contraception pilot 
Refreshments and Networking

11:15 Rapid-fire Reports from Post-birth Contraception in England  Dr Amy Hough, Community SRH trainee, Birmingham Women's Hospital and Umbrella Health (SRH) 
Dr. Sanhita Chakrabarti, Deputy Medical Director BLMK ICB, Women’s Health Champion BLMK ICB

Dr. Rowena Pykett, Consultant obstetrician, Maternity Department, Nottingham University Hospitals

Dr. Harriet Latham-Cork, Community Sexual and Reproductive Health Consultant, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Dr Stephanie Spooner, CSRH ST4, The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

12:15 Panel Q&A  
13:00 Lunch and networking  
14:00 Uptake of post birth contraception: what the data says on equality and access.   Dr Ed Mullins 
Dr Yasmin Mulji, Specialty Registrar in Obstetrics and Gynaecology 
St Mary's Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London 
14:20 Creating pathways for IUC follow up and partnering with SRH services  Dr Naomi Hampton, Consultant SRH   Ealing, SRH Lead for Ealing, Brent, Harrow, Hillingdon, London North West University Healthcare Trust, London 
14:40 Implant Training Models NW London  Claire Cousins, MSc, FRT, Matron Birth Centres, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust  
15:00 Midwifery undergraduate programme: contraception competencies vs placement experience  Nicky Clark, Lead Midwife for Education (LME) The University of Hull, Chair of the NMC LME Strategic Reference Group 
15:30 Panel Q&A 
15:50 Refreshments and networking  
16:10 Building your business case for a post-birth contraception service  Helen Radice, Head of Maternity and Neonatal Transformation NW London Integrated Care Board
16:35 Integrated Care Boards: Contracts and Commissioning  Duncan Ambrose, Assistant Director Children, maternity, inequalities, population health management, volunteering, and voluntary sector partnership, NHS North West London Integrated Care Board
17:00 Women’s Health Strategy year 2 and closing remarks  Dame Professor Lesley Regan 
17:15 Conference close  

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Speaker Information

                                  Dame Lesley Regan

Dame Lesley Regan

Dame Lesley Regan is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Imperial College's St Mary's Hospital Campus, and Honorary Consultant in Gynaecology at the Imperial College NHS Trust. She is also PI of the Recurrent Miscarriage Tissue Bank, co-director of the UK Pregnancy Baby Bio Bank and she chairs the Department of Metabolism, Digestion & Reproduction People and Culture Committee (Athena SWAN).

Dame Lesley is the Women's Health Ambassador for England, Honorary Secretary of the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) and Past President (2016-2019) of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, only the second woman to ever hold this role and the first in sixty-four years. 

Professor Regan is also Chair of CHARM - the Charity for Research into Miscarriage and Chair of Wellbeing of Women (WoW), the women's health research charity.

Having graduated from the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, London, in 1980 Lesley pursued her career at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, where she first became enthused by clinical and laboratory research, completing an MD on miscarriage.  Professor Regan combines her clinical and research work on recurrent miscarriage and uterine fibroids with a passion for communicating to the wider public, writing two successful books on miscarriage and pregnancy for the general reader and presenting a series of eight BBC 'Horizon' documentaries. In 2015 she received an Honorary Doctorate of Science from University College London for her contribution to women's health. Her collaborative approach to women's health has resulted in her receiving Honorary Fellowships of seven UK specialties and several international Colleges of Obstetrics & Gynaecology.

Professor Regan was awarded a DBE for services to women's health in the 2020 New Year's Honours List.

                                   Janet Barterpic Dr Janet Barter, President of FSRH

Following undergraduate training in Sheffield, Janet switched to obstetrics and gynaecology from GP training after realising, from work in UK and West Africa, the crucial importance of women’s health. 
Training in obstetrics and gynaecology included endocrinology, fertility, menopause, PMS, menstrual disorders, and medical gynaecology, as well as contraception and abortion. 
She has expertise in sexual problems work and care of women who have been affected by FGM. During three London Consultant SRH posts Janet has developed clinical and teaching skills across the whole of SRH and was the Training Programme Director for CSRH in London and was previously Chair of FSRH’s Specialty Advisory Committee and Senior Vice President, Specialty.  
Dr Janet Barter was confirmed as FSRH President in September 2022. 
                                  Ed Mullins

Dr Edward Mullins, Senior Clinical Lecturer

Dr Edward Mullins is a Senior Clinical Lecturer at Imperial College, London and the George Institute for Global Health and Honorary Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital, London. He is also an NIHR ARC NWL Improvement Leader Fellow in the 2023 cohort.

His PhD at Imperial College investigated the fetal and maternal inflammatory response in Fetal Growth Restriction. Following this, Ed won a fellowship with Professor Dame Sally Davies, England CMO, as editor-in-chief of the CMO’s annual report, ‘Women: the health of the 51%.’ As an NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer, Ed has investigated self-monitoring of maternal cardiovascular health and prevention of Gestational Diabetes.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Ed was seconded as clinical adviser to Professor Chris Whitty, England CMO, and produced rapid reviews on coronavirus infection in pregnancy and in children, which he presented to SAGE and formed the basis of clinical guidelines for the UK.

He is co-CI for PAN-COVID, an NIHR-funded global registry of women affected by suspected COVID-19 or confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection in pregnancy and their neonates. Ed is also co-CI for COM-SARS-2 study, an historical seroprevalence study in 11,000 maternal serum samples to evaluate the introduction and onset of community transmission of SARs-CoV-2 in NW London.

Ed has led a new clinical service to introduce post-birth contraception for all women in NW London, to allow women to access reliable family planning before discharge from their maternity service. He hopes to evaluate this and support national roll-out.

                                   Kate Campbell Dr Kate Campbell BA (Hons), MBChB, DTM&H(Dist), MFSRH, Dip GUM, DIPM  
Dr Kate Campbell is a community sexual and reproductive health consultant at Umbrella Sexual Health, University Hospitals Birmingham. Kate has been involved in organising FSRH events since 2021. Kate is an FSRH Faculty registered trainer and is also a member of the MFSRH exam committee. Kate has a specialised interest in complex contraception, postnatal contraception, psychosex and abortion care. Kate is passionate about improving access to sexual and reproductive healthcare.
                               Rowena Pykett


Rowena Pykett 

Rowena is a Consultant Obstetrician in Nottingham and has been working to develop the Immediate Post-Partum Contraception service at the Trust for around 5 years.  She is currently Post-Partum Contraception Lead and collaborates with Dr Latham-Cork from Sexual and Reproductive Health to develop the service. 

Dr Michelle Cooper

Dr Michelle Cooper

Michelle completed training in Obstetrics & Gynaecology before taking up post as a Consultant in Gynaecology and Sexual & Reproductive Health at Chalmers Centre in Edinburgh. She is also a Senior Clinical Lecturer at University of Edinburgh leading several research projects related to postpartum contraception, which also formed the subject of her PhD. She has contributed to national policy, guidelines and educational resources in postpartum contraception; and she established and chairs the multi-professional Scottish Postpartum Contraception Network.

                           Harriett Latham-Cork Harriett Latham-Cork 

Harriett is a consultant in community sexual and reproductive health at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH). Harriett is passionate about sexual and reproductive health across the life course as well as patient and professional education. Harriett helped introduce the current post pregnancy contraception initiative in early 2020 at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, she leads on the work together with obstetric colleague Dr Rowena Pykett. Clinically, Harriett has a specialist interest complex sex hormone management across the life course with clinics in <18 gynaecology, complex contraception including ultrasound guided procedures, and menopause as well as general benign gynaecology and integrated sexual health. Harriett also has a particular interest in research and is completing her PhD with the University of Nottingham with a focus on bleeding on hormonal contraception. Most recently Harriett was a co-applicant for successful NIHR grant for £1.4million to look at treatments for problem bleeding on the subdermal contraceptive implant (the DEBI trial).  


Helen Radice

Helen Radice, RM, MSc

Helen is Head of Maternity & Neonatal Transformation, NW London Integrated Care Board.

Passionate about women’s health, Helen has a clinical background in midwifery with a specialist interest in community midwifery care. Since 2017 Helen has been at the helm of maternity and neonatal transformation at local, regional and national level; a driving force to implement recommendations from the initial National Maternity Review (2016) and subsequent national policy directive. As part of her work leading the NWL Local Maternity & Neonatal System, Helen has been instrumental in championing the case for provision of postnatal contraceptives in NW London’s’ maternity units.

Helen continues to improve quality & safety in maternity and neonatal services though better integration and collaboration of services for women and children across the system, with the aim of achieving better equity of access, improved experience and healthier outcomes for all our population. 



Dr Steph Cooper

Dr Steph Spooner is a CSRH ST4 working at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust. Steph has an interest in medical education and is an FSRH faculty registered trainer. Her clinical interests include complex contraception, hysteroscopy and menopause.

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This is a hybrid conference, taking place online via Zoom and at Imperial College White City Campus, London. 

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Cancellation and refund policy

All cancellations must be made in writing to the Events team at the FSRH. Cancellations received by 5pm on Friday 8 March 2024 will be granted a refund.

We regret that refunds cannot be issued on cancellations received after Friday 8 March 2024. The FSRH will retain the full cost of the conference.

No refund will be made for non-attendance.

In the unlikely event the course is cancelled by the FSRH, we regret we are unable to refund any delegate travel and/or accommodation costs that have already been incurred by the delegate, or any administration charges relating to cancellation of travel tickets or accommodation.

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