Associated Organisations

The Society has representation on the following committees and groups:

  • Specialist Advisory Committee (SAC)
  • Royal College of Physicians' Committee on Genitourinary Medicine
  • British Federation against Sexually Transmitted Diseases (BFSTD)
  • BMA Dermatovenereology Sub-committee
  • Continuing Professional Development (Course in GU/HIV/AIDS)
  • STI Foundation Course (STIF)
  • Federation of Infection Societies (FIS)
  • Union of European Medical Specialties (UEMS)
  • European Academy of Dermatovenereology (EADV)


Specialist Advisory Committee (SAC)

Constitution and membership under the auspices of the Joint Committee on Higher Medical Training (JCHMT) of Royal College of Physicians. Members are appointed for three years with eligibility for extension for a further two years. Chairman and Secretary are nominated by the SAC from the membership but subject to ratification by JCHMT. Chairman and Secretary are appointed for a period of three years. These terms of office may be additional to periods of service as an ordinary member.


  • Curriculum planning
  • Programme approval and supervision
  • Trainee (Specialist registrar grade) monitoring


  • Dr Alexander McMillan, Chair - RCP (Edinburgh)
  • Dr Philip David Kell, Secretary - RCOG
  • Professor Chris Bunker, Member SAC Dermatology
  • Dr Rakesh Nandwani, Member - RCP (Glasgow)
  • Dr Karen Elizabeth Rogstad, Member - BASHH
  • Dr Jacqueline Susan Sherrard, Member - BASHH
  • Dr Richard Lau, Member - BASHH
  • Dr Rajul Patel, Member - RCP (London)
  • Dr Fiona Caroline Boag, Member - RCP (London)
  • Dr Laura Jane Waters, Trainee Representative Trainees' Committee BASHH
  • Dr James Stewart Bingham, UEMS Representative - UEMS
  • Professor David Huw Jones, Lead Dean - COPMeD
  • Dr Raymond Douglas Maw, Observer - NI PGMDE
  • Professor Fiona Maire Mulcahy, Observer - RCPI
  • Dr Christine Margaret Bates, Observer - Co-opted

SAC Newsletter

There are regular SAC newsletters published by the JCHMT. These can be found by clicking here



Joint Speciality Committee for Genitourinary Medicine, Royal College of Physicians


  • To advise the College on matters of policy pertaining to the specialty.
  • To co-ordinate the College policies with those of the relevant specialist society(ies).
  • To advise the College Manpower Committee on specialty manpower.
  • To co-ordinate service needs and training with the relevant SAC.
  • To co-ordinate policies with the appropriate specialist society(ies).
  • To advise (via a sub-committee) Council on nominations for the Fellowship.


  • To the Clinical Board once a year.
  • To the President on matters requiring urgent attention.
  • To specialist society(ies) - through (a) rapporteur(s).

Nominees of specialist societies; representative of the relevant Specialist Advisory Committee x 1; observer from DoH x 1; President, Registrar and College Secretary (ex officio); Association of Genitourinary Medicine x 1; Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists x 1; Standing Committee of Members x 1; FPHM x 1; Paediatrician x 1

Four years for Officers and Members, further four years if a Member becomes an Officer. Terms of Chairman and Honorary Secretary to overlap. College nominees to include non-specialist and, where appropriate, a paediatrician and trainee nominated by the Standing Committee of Members (not to exceed five in total other than Chairman and Honorary Secretary).

BASHH representatives
Nomination: the President after appropriate consultation.
Feedback: annually at January Council meeting.

Chairman R N Thin
Chair of SAC from June 2001 J Wilson
Secretary K E Rogstad
BASHH President A Robinson
Chairman of AGUM J S Bingham
Chairman of SAC to June 2001 C Lacey
RCP Member New Cons ultants Committee G Rooney
Junior Doctors Representative A Tariq
Scottish Representative G Scott



British Federation against Sexually Transmitted Diseases (BFSTD)

BFSTD is an umbrella group for many organisations. It is multidisciplinary with a healthy mix of skills between medical and other professional groups.

BASHH representatives
Nomination: By invitation of the Chair of the Steering Committee in discussion with the President and approved by Council.
Term of office: three years.
Feedback: annually at January Council meeting

Name Nominating body
Mr Paul Hayton (Chairman) Home Office- Prison Service
Dr Jean Tobin (Secretary) British Medical Association
Dr A J Robinson (Treasurer) BASHH
Dr Peter Watson Association for Genitourinary Medicine
Revd Stephen Coles (Vice-Chairman) The Church
Mr John Ford Department of Education and Employment
Dr Sally Wellsteed Department of Health
Dr Helen Ward FPHM
Dr M FitzGerald Co-opted
Miss Angela Reynolds Family Planning Association
Dr Philippa Matthews RCGP
Miss Linda Tucker Genito-Urinary Nurses Association
Miss Marie Goldsmith Health Education Authority
Mrs Helen Self Josephine Butler Society
Ms Rosamund Cawte National Council of Women
Ms Kath Wilson National Health Eds Liaison Group
Dr R N Thin Royal Army Medical Corps
Dr Patricia Munday Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists
Ms Jo Adams SASH
Mr Peter Greenhouse SASH
Ms Ceri Evans SHASTD
Miss Robin Gorna THT
Miss S Hall Youth Workers



Continuing Professional Development

Organisation of the Course in GU Medicine/HIV/AIDSTwice yearly course, run in modular format. Previously organised by the London University Centre for professional development until June 2000, subsequently run by BASHH.Educational objectives
Knowledge of current practice of GU medicine, sexual health, sexually transmitted infections, HIV infection and related areas, focussing particularly on practise in the UK, but within the context of the worldwide epidemic of STIs.Participants: 25-28 per course. Approximately 60 participants per year. The steering group consists of the day organisers, and representatives of other organisations/groups as listed.Name Position Name Position

Dr. E Allason Jones: Day organiser
Dr. B Morgan: NCCG representative
Dr. J Bingham: Day organiser, AGUM rep.
Dr. P Munday: Past chairman (2000)
Dr. G Dean: Doctors in Training
Dr. R Patel: Day organiser
Dr. G Forster: Day organiser
Dr. A Robinson: Day organiser
Dr. B T Goh: Day organiser
Dr. D Rowan: Day organiser
Dr. D Hawkins: Day organiser
Dr. J Sherrard: Day organiser, Chairman from 2000
Dr. C Lacey: SAC rep.
Dr. M Tennant Flowers: Day organiser
Dr. A de Ruiter: Day organiser
Dr. I Williams: Day Organiser



STI Foundation Course

To develop the structure and content of a sexually transmitted infection foundation course suitable for level 1 practitioners. In the future, the Steering Group will need to expand and change to monitor the contents of the course on a regular basis and implement a process of externally assessing courses.Membership

  • Jackie Sherrard
  • George Kinghorn
  • Angela Robinson
  • Raj Patel
  • Chris Wilkinson
  • Judy Shakespeare (Primary Care Representative)
  • Other individuals have been co-opted as necessary



BMA Dermatovenereology Sub-Committee

A group promoting the advancement of the study and practice of venereology and dermatology. Each specialty has a Sub-committee which discusses issues important to that specialty and can submit items for consideration to CCSC.

BASHH representative
Nomination: President after appropriate consultation - usually Honorary Secretary.
Feedback: annually at November Meeting.

Name Nominating body Co-opted members
Dr P Hawker Chairman CCSC, or nominee Dr J R W Harris
Dr L Millard CCSC, Dermatology Dr B Roger-Allen (DoH Adviser)
Dr M Pike CCSC, Dermatology
Dr M Bhattacharya CCSC, GU Medicine
Dr R N Thin CCSC, GU Medicine
Dr L Millard BAD
Dr C Holden BAD
Dr J S Bingham (Deputy-Chairman) BASHH (formerly AGUM)
Dr A J Robinson BASHH (formerly MSSVD)
Dr K Radcliffe RCP
Vacancy, Senior Registrar JDC
Dr J Morgan CCSC, NCCG Sub-committee



Federation of Infection Societies (FIS)

FIS provides an umbrella organisation for a group of societies with diverse interests within clinical microbiology. The organisation exists to encourage cross-fertilisation of ideas and research among affiliate societies via an annual conference. There are 14 affiliated societies as follows:

  • Association of medical Microbiologists;
  • British Infection Society;
  • British Paediatric Immunology and Infectious Diseases Group;
  • British Society of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy;
  • British Society of Medical Mycology;
  • British Society of Parasitology;
  • Central Sterilising Club;
  • Hospital Infection Society;
  • Infection Control Nurses' Association of the British Isles;
  • BASHH;
  • Pathological Society of Great Britain (Ireland Microbiology Division);
  • Public Health Medicine Environment Group;
  • Royal Institute of Public Health & Hygiene/Society of Public Health;
  • The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene.



Union of European Medical Specialties (UEMS)

This is an organisation led from Brussels which is made up of Specialty Committees. The major remits are training and CME, particularly the harmonisation of guidelines. Visitations, similar to SAC visits, are also undertaken. These are advisory rather than executive committees but do have considerable power.

Delegate and observer from each country for each specialty committee. For Dermatovenereology there is one delegate from BASHH and one from BAD with no observers to ensure representation from all countries. The representatives need to be senior, from all countries with a comprehension of the European medical system and skills of negotiation!

Specialty representative
Dr D Barlow (also Treasurer from 1998)

Nomination: placement made by Registrar of RCP after discussion with BMA.
Term of Office: variable, up to eight or ten years.
Feedback: annually at October meeting.



European Academy of Dermatovenereology (EADV)

EADV Board
Consisting of Specialist members drawn from EU member countries. Has a Venereology representative from UK with a 4-year term of office, renewable.

BASHH representative: Dr S Barton
Nomination: invited by EADV Board personally; ratified by Council.
Feedback: no precedent.

EADV Conference 2005
The EADV Conference being held in London, 12-16 October 2005. More details can be found on the EADV website.
The BASHH Board has elected to offer a scholarship of 120 Euros for all BASHH members who are successful in having an abstract accepted for the meeting as either a poster or an oral presentation. The letter outlining this scholarship can be accessed here.

EADV Residents Courses 2005-06
The EADV has organised a numbers of dermatology courses, one of which is to be held in London, 9-11th October 2005. Click here to check out the flyer for contact details.

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