Welcoming the new Clinical Effectiveness Unit (CEU)

Posted 1 February 2024

Date: 01 Feb 2024

Type: FSRH News and Information

FSRH President, Dr Janet Barter, shares an introduction to the new London-based CEU team

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce some of the new CEU team members working from the London offices. Dr Rebecca Strauss and Sarah Willett will lead the transfer of the work. Our new systematic reviewers/researchers Ewelina Rogozińska and Andrea Takeda will be joining the team in late February/early March 2024.

A lot of work has already gone on behind the scenes to pick up the work from the CEU team in Edinburgh so we can get going straightway on delivering the UKMEC and other activities. I’d like to thank the team for all the hard work to get a handover ready.

So, please welcome some of the new team.

Dr Rebecca Strauss - CEU Clinical Director

Rebecca Strauss profile pictureRebecca has worked in the field of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (SRH) for over 15 years. She moved into the specialty after training to become a GP. She is particularly interested in complex contraception, service improvement and education. In her current role, Rebecca oversees the clinical governance for contraception across Locala’s three Sexual Health Services in the North of England. She is also the General Training Programme Director and spends a lot of her time organising and delivering educational events locally, such as Fitters Forums and Sexual Health Updates.

"I am delighted to be taking on the position of Clinical Director for the FSRH CEU. My current role has taken me beyond the realms of clinical medicine, allowing me to view healthcare from a different perspective. I’ve relished being involved in local projects such as the delivery of post-natal contraception, the development of local guidelines, and working collaboratively with primary and secondary care to improve services. I feel passionately about ensuring that healthcare professionals are equipped with evidence-based information, allowing patients to make safe and informed decisions about contraception. For many years, I have admired and highly valued the work that the CEU team has delivered. I feel privileged to be working with the new CEU team, experts in the field and you, members of the FSRH, to continue the provision of excellent quality guidance."

Sarah Willett - Head of CEU

Sarah Willet profile picturePrevious to working with the FSRH Sarah spent 15 years working at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) on delivering both clinical and public health guidelines for the NHS. Sarah became an Associate Director leading on the quality assurance of clinical guidelines and setting up a novel surveillance system for determining when guidelines need updating and initiating early thinking about rapid updates, the forerunner to the living guidelines project. For the last five years, Sarah oversaw the development of a range of public health guidelines including guidance on e-cigarettes and PrEP. Prior to working at NICE Sarah was both a business and service manager in some of London’s hospitals.

"I am really looking forward to carrying on the stellar work of the Chalmers team and working closely with Rebecca, Ewelina and Andrea to deliver high-quality guidance for our members. It has been a pleasure moving to the FSRH and getting to know the dedicated professionals who work to deliver SRH services. And I’d like to thank the CEU team at Chalmers for their support in handing over all they do over these last few months.

I am also excited by the opportunity of working with more of you as we open up opportunities for members to get involved in helping to shape our guidance through different initiatives including the Clinical Fellows programme, working with SRH experts on guideline committees, and opportunities to become special advisors to the programme. So please watch this space for more news on these things over the coming few months."

Ewelina Rogozińska, PhD - Systematic reviewer/researcher

Ewelina Rogozinska profile pictureEwelina is a researcher with extensive experience in conducting evidence-synthesis projects, guideline development and a passion for women’s health research. She has been evaluating and critically appraising evidence on maternal and women’s health-related topics for over a decade. Her strong interest in research methodology and integrity led her to become involved in activities promoting research robust standards, teaching about systematic reviews and meta-analysis, and participating in the development of clinical practice guidelines for the World Health Organisation. In 2017, she successfully defended her PhD thesis where she used evidence synthesis methodology and individual participant data meta-analysis to address questions on the effect of diet and physical activity-based interventions on pregnancy outcomes. Since 2019 she has been a member of the Meta-Analysis Group (MRC Clinical Trial Unit at UCL) embarking on various advanced evidence synthesis projects and methodological reviews. She is passionate about delivering relevant robust evidence synthesis in a timely manner for the betterment of women’s health.

"I am thrilled to be shortly joining the team at the FSRH CEU. I am keen to use my experience and knowledge of the research methods to continue delivering high quality and robust clinical guidance for the members of the FSRH."

Andrea Takeda, PhD - Systematic reviewer/researcher

Andrea Takeda profile pictureAndrea began her career in evidence synthesis 20 years ago, working in the Southampton Health Technology Assessments Centre to develop systematic reviews and economic evaluations for NICE. Since then she has enjoyed a diverse range of evidence synthesis work, including as a systematic review specialist with the Research Design Service at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and more recently in a variety of roles at Cochrane. She was the Methods Specialist for the former Cochrane Heart group, after which she moved to Cochrane ENT to work on the prioritisation of topics. More recently, she has undertaken freelance systematic review work and rapid evidence reviews for clients within the field of public health.

“Joining the FSRH CEU is a wonderful opportunity, and I am really looking forward to getting to know the team. I love the challenge of working in new fields and am particularly keen to get involved with supporting the delivery of evidence-based research in this vital area of medicine.”

We are finalising appointments for a Project Co-ordinator to work closely with the Clinical Standards Committee and the FSRH Research Group once appointed. We hope they will join us over the next couple of months.

I am sure many of you will be hearing from the team in due course, and join me in welcoming them to the FSRH.

You can find out more on our dedicated Clinical Effectiveness Unit page.