Chair: Dr Toni Hazell
Toni Hazell trained at St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School and then on the Northwick Park VTS. She has been a GP in Tottenham for the last 14 years, working as a clinical assistant in sexual and reproductive health and HIV for some of this time. She is a medical writer and editor for the RCGP, BMJ learning, Pulse, MIMS and others and has also contributed to such esteemed medical journals as Take a Break and Marie Claire!
When not working, her two small children keep her busy and she enjoys running and swimming when she has the time.
Dr Hannah Short
Dr Hannah Short is a GP specialist in female hormonal health. After obtaining her undergraduate degree in Human Sciences from the University of Oxford, she went on to complete her medical training at the University of Cambridge and qualified in 2009. She achieved membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners (MRCGP) in 2016, and has completed diplomas from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (DRCOG) and Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH).
In December 2018, Dr Short was awarded the Advanced Certificate in Menopause Management and is recognised by the British Menopause Society (BMS) as a Menopause Specialist. She is currently Associate Editor for Post-Reproductive Health (official journal of the BMS).
Dr Nitish Narvekar
Dr Narvekar is a Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist and an accredited Specialist in Reproductive Medicine and Minimal Access Surgery based in London.
Dr Narvekar specialises in the investigation and treatment of infertility, fertility preservation for cancer and personal choice, fibroids, endometriosis, uterine anomalies including uterine septum, tubal patency and surgery, miscarriage and implantation failures, polycystic ovaries, abnormal vaginal bleeding including heavy and irregular menstrual bleeding, and, pelvic pain. He is an expert in advanced laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgery having performed over 500 complex operations for management of various reproductive and general gynaecological conditions.
Dr Narvekar graduated from Goa University, India in 1990 and trained as an obstetrician and gynaecologist thereafter. He was admitted as a member of the Royal College of Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in 1999, following which, he undertook a research fellowship in Reproductive Medicine at the University of Edinburgh followed by a sub-specialty fellowship in Reproductive Medicine and Minimal Access Surgery at University College London Hospitals. Dr Narvekar was accredited as a dual specialist in 2008.
Dr Narvekar is widely published in the field of reproductive medicine and minimal access surgery and is actively involved in the training, examination and supervision of students and specialists.
Dr Victoria Barber
Dr Victoria Barber has been a GP partner in Northants for over 18 years. She is a keen supporter of Target Ovarian Cancer, offering the charity her professional expertise through a number of channels including being a GP expert on the patient ‘Ask the Expert’ panel, media spokesperson and campaigner for better access to diagnostics and treatments. Dr Barber regularly talks to GPs, nurses and women’s groups about the importance of recognising the early symptoms of ovarian cancer.
Dr Ellie Cannon
Dr Ellie Cannon is an NHS GP with 15 years’ experience in family and women’s health. She is the resident GP for the Mail on Sunday and Mailonline and well known as the on-screen GP for Sky News Sunrise.
In March 2018, Dr Cannon presented to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Women’s Health at their inaugural Women’s Health Conference in Parliament. Attended by over 100 politicians, stakeholders, charities and individuals, Ellie spoke on the normalization of menstrual health, breaking the period taboo and encouraging women of all ages to speak up about health issues from periods to mental health to menopause.
Ellie has previously contributed to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Body Image amongst female fashion models and is recognized as a Champion of Choice for the British Pregnancy Advisory Service for broadcasting which they believe “tackles misinformation masquerading as science.”
Ellie is a charity ambassador for Meningitis Now, Pancreatic Cancer Action and the women’s cancer charity The Eve Appeal. Ellie regularly works on campaigns for Public Health England including the latest Cervical Screening Awareness campaign of March 2019.
Dr Ellie read medicine at Cambridge University and the Royal Free Hospital and has worked as a salaried GP in the same NHS GP practice for the last decade.
Dr Shree Datta
Dr Shree Datta is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at King’s College Hospital and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at King’s College London. Her key interests are general gynaecology, including fibroids and abnormal periods, fertility and pregnancy care (including elective Caesarean section) and cervical screening.
Dr Datta qualified from Imperial College London and became a member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 2009. She was awarded the Helen Lawson award and RCOG Edgar Gentilli prize for research in ovarian cancer. Dr Datta has co-authored five medical textbooks and is regularly invited to contribute to “Mother and Baby” and the RCOG’s “Baby and you” magazine. She has also coauthored a Cochrane review on endometriosis and the contraceptive pill, for pelvic pain.
Internationally, Dr Datta has been invited to teach as part of faculty and as a guest lecturer. She has been the lead investigator for the study of Fibroids and Embolisation or Myomectomy to Measure the Effect on quality of life among women (FEMME) study in her department. She has previously chaired the BMA’s junior doctors committee and was appointed by the Royal Commission to the General Medical Council’s council.
She has a passion for medical education and training and is currently Associate Clinical Dean and Portfolio Lead for King’s College Medical school.
Dr Paula Briggs
Paula Briggs is a Consultant in Sexual and Reproductive Health for Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust. Paula qualified from Glasgow University in 1987.
She trained as a GP before moving to Liverpool in 1993. She continued with both general practice and sexual health until recently.
In the last few years she has devoted herself to the delivery of sexual health care, research and education in the field of women’s health. She is the clinical lead for an integrated community sexual health service in Sefton.
She provides a Community Gynaecology Service for South Sefton CCG. She works as part of a team involving eight Consultant Gynaecologists, who support her community service.She leads the pregnancy advisory service for Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.She leads the menopause service for the Trust. She has co-edited 3 books, co-written an undergraduate textbook in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and a revision guide for MFSRH and written a patient booklet on menopause.
She is married with four children and enjoys running, golf, reading and cooking.
Dr Julian Spinks
Julian Spinks has been a full time GP for over 30 years and is based in Medway Kent . In addition to his practice duties he is Vice Chair of Kent Local Medical Committee, Chair of Medway Practices Alliance; the local GP federation and is the local TV station’s health expert.
Julian’s interest in continence dates back nearly 20 years. He has written and lectured extensively for GPs on continence related subjects. Julian has been a member of 4 NICE guideline development committees, including the Male LUTS guideline and the most recent Female UI guideline.
He has also contributed to NICE Quality Statements on continence. He is the national GP advisor for the Association for Continence Advice.
Dr Kate Nambiar
Dr Kate Nambiar is a sexual health physician working in the Brighton Sexual Health and Contraception Service (BSHAC). She trained at Oxford University and Imperial College, London and has worked in sexual health since 2003.
Dr Nambiar is the chair of the British Association of Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) gender and sexual minorities special interest group. Her clinical and research interests are focussed on the sexual and reproductive health of trans people and since 2012 she has run a specialist sexual health service for trans and gender variant people in Brighton (Clinic-T).
Dr Catriona Anderson
A true portfolio GP with a special interest in women’s health and urogenital infection, Dr Anderson divides her time between NHS and private general practice. She runs a specialist service dealing with recurrent and chronic UTI in North Staffordshire and has more recently opened a branch clinic in London in partnership with a urologist.
Before returning to university to study medicine, Dr Anderson used her undergraduate degree in medical microbiology and biochemistry to work as a research scientist for a pharmaceutical company. This likely underpinned her interest in some of the more challenging cases of long-standing microbial infections, including urinary tract infections (UTIs). Motivated by her interest in this area and frustrated by the lack of educational resources she looked to key opinion leaders in UK, USA, Russia and Poland, where she studied the aetiology of recalcitrant/ fastidious bacterial infection and how therapies used in these infections have successfully helped a wide range of patients.
Dr Anderson continues to research this challenging and misunderstood disease area. Her scientific background affords her an in-depth understanding of the pathological mechanisms underpinning the disease. Using appropriate investigations she embraces personalised medicine in formulating treatment plans. She uses a variety of established treatments in a targeted approach, and complements them with naturopathic remedies and lifestyle measures achieving a success rate over 70% in patients who have failed to gain relief from this debilitating disease via other clinics including secondary care. Dr Anderson is a medical advisor for Support Bladder Health UK.
Alongside her clinical work, Dr Anderson is actively involved in the research and development of new treatments which, she hopes, will offer even better prospects to her growing list of patients.