Pioneering FSRH Vice President for Clinical Quality Dr. Helen Munro Moves to Key Welsh Government Role 

Posted 28 March 2024

Date: 28 Mar 2024

Type: FSRH News and Information

After over a decade of distinguished service, the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) would like to offer our sincere thanks and appreciation to Dr. Helen Munro, as she departs her role as Vice President of Clinical Quality. During her tenure, Helen has been pivotal in upholding the highest standards of care and championing critical issues in sexual and reproductive health across Wales, the UK and beyond.  

As Vice President for Clinical Quality, and before that Vice President for Membership, Helen has demonstrated an incredible commitment to enhancing the clinical practice of FSRH members, including a huge range of position statements, standards and evidence-based guidelines. Her leadership was instrumental in ensuring clinicians working in the field of sexual and reproductive healthcare had access to the clinical resources they need to continue to deliver provide comprehensive, patient-centred care.  She has been a tireless advocate for members and for improving provision for women, girls and all individuals who rely on high quality sexual and reproductive healthcare.    

Dr Janet Barter, FSRH President, said: 

“Helen has been an extraordinary member of the Officer team, firstly with the Membership portfolio and subsequently in Clinical Quality. We are so grateful for her intellect and ability to see how things can be done differently. She leaves a real legacy at FSRH and we look forward to working together with Helen in her new role. Thank you, Helen!” 

While her contributions at the FSRH will be sorely missed, Helen’s passion for improving women's health will continue in her new role, taking on an exciting new challenge as the Welsh Government's Clinical Lead on women's health. Bringing her expertise and experience to this vital area, Helen is poised to drive transformative change and ensure the needs of women across Wales are prioritised and met with effective solutions.

Dr Helen Munro said:

“It is difficult to summarise all the work that I have been involved with, over the last ten years with FSRH, in my roles on Council, Chair of the Clinical Standards Committee, and as Vice President for Membership and, more laterally, Quality. 

I have been fortunate to have worked with so many colleagues over this time who have supported, challenged, and inspired me. 

And I am forever grateful for the opportunities I have had through FSRH which have helped develop my career as a Leader in Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare.  

From April 2024 I will take up the role of Clinical Lead for the National Strategic Clinical Network for Women’s Health in Wales. This will be an opportunity to work with key stakeholders, including Welsh Government and third sector, to improve the outcomes and experiences for women in Wales. This seems an appropriate ‘next step’ for me personally, having lived and worked in Wales over the last seven years, and a natural culmination of my time with FSRH. 

I will continue to work with FSRH to ensure equitable access to, and training for, contraception and abortion care, remain a priority here in Wales, and look forward to representing Wales on the FSRH Hatfield Vision ‘Task Force Group’.” 

We are extremely grateful for the hard work and time Helen has dedicated to the FSRH over the last ten years. We share immense pride in the impact she has made and will be sorely missed by us all. We wish her every success for her next step.