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Menopause Clinical and Research Team

The team has a distinguished reputation.  It is a large multidisciplinary team comprising of a Consultant Gynaecologist who is the lead for this service, a Pharmacist Consultant, a Senior Specialist Nurse, a Research Nurse, Specialist Nurse, Psychotherapist, GP Associate Specialist and Research Fellow and links to Psychosexual Counselling. 

All members of the menopause team have presented both locally and nationally at British Menopause Society and internationally at European and International Menopause Society Conferences.  The team won the Women’s Healthcare Team of the Year Award in 1999 and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Award for primary care intervention was won by the Pharmacist Specialist in conjunction with a local GP, Dr Jyoti Bhandari.

The team’s GP Associate Specialist has a particular interest in colposcopy and sits on national committees reviewing screening programmes for cytology. 

The team’s Nurse Specialist has won the British Menopause Society Wyeth Annual Research Grant in 2005 for her work on reviewing the need for a national training programme and benchmarking of standards for specialist nurses.  She is now the lead for the RCN Midlife Forum and is in charge nationally of specialist training programmes in this area.  

Both the Nurse Specialist and Pharmacist Consultant have published widely and write on the NICE writing group for the National Guidelines for Osteoporosis.  The Consultant Pharmacist also has an honorary lecturer post both at Bath University and the University of Hertfordshire, from where we take undergraduate pharmacist students on attachments for training.  The Pharmacist Consultant also contributes to Imperial College medical undergraduate teaching and this year was awarded a CLAHRC in recognition of her work towards the Breast Cancer Menopause Service.

Our Psychotherapist won the National Association of Psychotherapists Annual Research Grant in 2008 and has just completed an important piece of work reviewing the psychological effects of premature ovarian failure on young sufferers and also their expectations regarding an NHS service.  This was work performed jointly between our department and Nick Pannay at Queen Charlotte’s with input from Professor Myra Hunter at Guy’s & St Thomas’s Hospital.

Dani Singer, our Psychotherapist, is joint editor of two books with Professor Myra Hunter.

The team is actively involved with the British Menopause Society (BMS).  The Nurse Specialist has just been elected to the Medical Advisory Committee and is the nurse representative on the BMS Education Sub-Committee.  The lead consultant has sat on BMS Councils for over 10 years and was honorary treasurer for 4 years and Chairman of the Society for 2 years.  She is now the Honorary Secretary and on the Board of Trustees.  She has authored two books, six chapters and 50 peer reviewed papers and is co-author with the Pharmacist Consultant of the Brent and Harrow Menopause Guidelines which were incorporated into Osteoporosis 2000 - The National Handbook.  

The Menopause Unit runs professional and patient help lines, the former of which is recognised as a national resource and we receive calls from south west England and as far as Yorkshire from GPs, practice nurses and high street pharmacists.  The team run general menopause clinics, special breast cancer menopause clinics in conjunction with our oncology and breast surgeon colleagues and also clinics for premature ovarian failure clinic for young menopause suffers.  The team is a recognised teaching resource, the lead consultant is a preceptor for the BMS/RCOG National Training Module in Midlife Health and a preceptor for the BMS Faculty of Reproductive Health Care Module and takes trainees from as far afield as Luton and Cambridgeshire on the National Training Programme.  We regularly have visits from nurses in other units wishing to be trained and from pharmacy advisors from as far afield as Belfast and Scotland.  We have a dedicated Research Nurse and are currently running three studies through the department, for one of which we are the only UK centre. Our Research Fellow is a young Romanian trainee who shows great promise and has already presented posters at the European Menopause Society Conference in London in 2009.

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