Clinical Governance Committee

History and Background

The BASHH Clinical Governance Committee (CGC) was established in November 2003. The Committee retains some of the characteristics of the Association for Genitourinary Medicine structure, namely regional representation. The regional representation of the Committee means that experience or practice can be shared from areas around the country, and this knowledge can be pooled for the benefit of all.

The CGC is responsible for setting and monitoring standards of clinical services for Sexual Health, including HIV services, through a framework of clinical governance, peer review, nationally co-ordinated clinical audit and sharing of best practice.


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The CGC is advisory and supportive and aims to stimulate action and advice in a co-ordinated fashion to promote and facilitate services in connection with sexually transmitted infections.
The CGC will focus on a wide range of current and topical issues in Sexual health and HIV concerning:

  • Implementation of strategies and policies of BASHH as approved by the Governing Board
  • Developing and managing services
  • Setting and monitoring standards and specifications, updating in responding to best practice as necessary.
  • Identifying areas of best clinical practice within individual clinics or regions, promoting them for adoption where appropriate whilst recognising local differences.
  • Identifying regional and individual clinic difficulties.
  • Exploring solutions to issues through discussion and shared experiences at committee level allowing action plans to be suggested.
  • Co-ordinating a peer review system, on a local basis within each region, as required or in response to a member's request.

Terms of Reference

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Working Relations

The Chairperson of the CGC will be a member of the Governing Board of BASHH and the CGC will report to the Governing Board.
The CGC will link with other organs of BASHH, third party organisations and individuals where indicated. It may also forge relationships with local hospital and primary care Trusts, through the Branch Chairperson, in response to individual clinic requests.


  • Chair - Dr Rona MacDonald- (2022-2024)
  • Secretary - Hu Clarke (2022 - 2024)
  • Cheshire & Merseyside - Dr Noel Connolly(2022-2024)
  • East Anglia - Dr Serish Basavaraj co-opted (2020)
  • Northern - Dr Jane Hussey - (2022-2024)
  • Northern Ireland - Dr Say Quah - (2019-2021)
  • North West - Dr John Sweeney - (2022-2024)
  • Oxford - Dr Angela Bailey (2022 - 2024)
  • Scotland - Dr Bridie Howe (to be co-opted 2022)
  • South West - Vacant
  • Thames (NE) - Dr Rita Browne (to be co-opted 2022)
  • Thames (NW) - Dr Dawn Friday - (2022-2024)
  • Thames (SE) - Dr Mark Pakianathan and Dr Aseel Hegazi - (2022-2024)
  • Thames (SW) - Dr Deborah Kirkham and Dr Malika Mohabeer - (2022-2024)
  • Trent - Dr Hayley Wood - (to be co-opted 2022)
  • Wales - Dr Laura Cunningham co-opted (2020)
  • Wessex - Dr Sangeetha Sundaram co-opted - (2020)
  • West Midlands - Dr Lisa Goodall (2022 - 2024)
  • Yorkshire - Dr Natasha Astill (2022 - 2024)
  • Doctors in Training Representative - Lindsay Henderson (2022 - 2024)
  • Health Adviser Representative - Hu Clarke (2022-2024)
  • Nurse Representative - Alan Haskell (to be co-opted 2022)
  • SAS Representative - Dr Srinivasulu Narayana (2019-2021)

Ex Officio Members:

  • BASHH President - Dr Claire Dewsnap
  • BASHH Vice President - Dr Kaveh Manavi
  • BASHH Treasurer - Prof Matt Phillips
  • BASHH General Secretary - Dr David Phillips
  • BASHH Conference and Communications Secretary – Dr Chris Ward
  • BASHH Education Committee Chair – Dr Sophie Forsyth
  • BASHH Clinical Effectiveness Group Representative (CEG) - Dr Margaret Kingston
  • BASHH National Audit Group Representative (NAG) - Dr Vanessa Apea
  • BASHH Information Group - Dr David Phillips
  • BASHH Mentoring Group - Dr Emma Fox
  • BASHH Clinical Standards Unit - Dr Emily Clarke

Groups reporting to CGC


BASHH Reports

Infographics Leaflet for Commissioners to Highlight the Value of Sexual Health Services

BASHH is aware that some local authorities may not value sexual health services highly, nor understand exactly what sexual health does, and in particular are uncertain whether services provide good value for money.

BASHH has produced an infographics leaflet to give a simple visual representation of how sexual health contributes to public health, including figures on costs and benefits in the form of a single page leaflet and a slightly more detailed 2 page leaflet. These can be used when discussing services with commissioners by highlighting the important role sexual healthcare has in delivering effective public health.





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