Our 2020 FSRH Honorary Fellows

Posted 11 June 2021

Date: 11 Jun 2021

Type: FSRH News and Information

We are proud to announce that Professor Dame Lesley Regan and Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard have been awarded Honorary Fellowship of the FSRH.

We admit Honorary Fellows into our membership each year to recognise exceptional service to sexual and reproductive healthcare.

FSRH members are able to nominate those they feel deserve a Honorary Fellowship, and our FSRH Council votes on nominations. We had a number of high-calibre nominations, and are pleased to award Honorary Fellowship of the FSRH to both Professor Dame Lesley Regan and Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard.

As we were unable to have an in-person awards ceremony, our FSRH President, Dr Asha Kasliwal, interviewed our 2020 Honorary Fellows to celebrate their award. You can also read more about their nominations below.

In conversation with Professor Dame Lesley Regan 

In conversation with Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard

Professor Dame Lesley Regan

Nominated by: Dr Asha Kasliwal

Headshot of Prof. Lesley ReganLesley Regan has been a great champion of women's health both in the UK and around the world. She is Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at St Mary's Hospital, and past President of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (PRCOG)- the first woman to hold the role in 64 years.

An internationally renowned clinical and academic leader, her work has transformed care for women experiencing recurrent miscarriages. She also spearheaded the development of non-invasive treatments for uterine fibroids that allow for the preservation of fertility. Her work has driven developments in areas of women’s healthcare including perinatal mental health, timely access to safe abortion and menopause.

A member of the International Federation of O&G (FIGO) for many years (and now it’s secretary general), she was invited to chair their Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Rights Committee in 2009 and to join the Royal Society of Medicine’s (RSM) Global Health Steering group.

During the next six years she developed a web-based teaching program that embeds an understanding of human rights into reproductive healthcare. She was convinced that maternal mortality will never be reduced in a sustainable way unless we confront the two elephants in the room: namely the global unmet need for contraception and safe abortion. She strongly believes that we must provide girls and women with the education and tools they need to control their own fertility and make informed decisions about if, when and how many times they become pregnant during their lives.

Lesley established the RCOG Abortion Task Force to address the looming crisis in service provision. She also presided over the RCOG council that strongly supported the removal of criminal sanctions associated with abortion in the UK.

She secured $10.5 million from an anonymous US donor, to fund the RCOG Leading Safe Choices programme to improve the quality and delivery of family planning and abortion services in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Appointed senior editor of the CMOs 2014 annual report entitled The Health of the 51%, she focused on the health needs of vulnerable women. In 2019, she was invited by the Secretary of State to co-chair a National Women’s Health taskforce with Minister of Health, Jackie Doyle-Price. This work resulted in publication of the RCOG report Better for women. It emphasised the need for national strategies to meet the needs of girls and women across their life course from adolescence, to the middle years and later life.

As President of RCOG, she has worked collaboratively and extensively with the FSRH in promoting women’s health. Even during the COVID-19 crisis she worked tirelessly to get postnatal contraception to women on her maternity unit and trained midwives to provide it. I am proud to be able to nominate her for an honorary fellowship of the FSRH.

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard

Nominated by: Anne Lesley Connolly

Headshot of Prof. Helen Stokes-LampardHelen is a highly-respected General Practitioner with an interest in women's health, working as a part-time partner in a surgery in Lichfield, delivering high quality health care for her female patients. Additionally she has academic qualifications in the field of women's health having written many papers and completed a PhD in 'Variation in NHS utilisation of vault cytology tests in women post-hysterectomy'.

Helen is also a Professor at the University of Birmingham medical school, where prior to becoming Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners she was Head of Primary Care Teaching (under-graduate) in the medical school and lead for the MSc module in community gynaecology.

Helen is immediate past-chair of the RCGP where during her three years as Chair she championed the role of primary care clinicians working closely with politicians and other colleges to improve the morale of GPs and also leading on the development of a new vision for the Future of General Practice.

During her tenure as RCGP Chair she developed a close alliance with the officers of the FSRH and RCOG, working to improve the care provided for women in primary care and across the health and social care system. She supported the development of the RCGP Menstrual Well-being clinical spotlight project and the Women's health Library, both of which are excellent examples of joint working between the three colleges.

Since completing her role as RCGP Chair, Helen has added the role of Chair of the National Academy for Social Prescribing to her portfolio.

In summary, Helen is a passionate women's health advocate improving the care that women receive using her clinical expertise, her academic prowess and her leadership and negotiating skills.