Primary Care Women’s Health Forum is a community interest company. It carries out activities which benefit the community of all interested practitioners on women’s health issues.
Completing her medical degree at Leeds she endeavoured to pursue a career in Obs and Gynae. A twelve month post working at the prestigious Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle consolidated her desire for this career path until it dawned on the fresh-faced junior doctor that her sleep would be interrupted for the rest of her working life. A swift change to General Practice soon followed along with marriage and 2 children. But the desire to do more women’s health continued and she passed the RCOG diploma, DFFP, letters of competence in coils, implants, medical education and finally Bradford’s postgraduate diploma in gynaecology.
Following graduation from Bradford she was part of a team to set up the Primary Care Women’s Health Forum, helping spread the word across the Primary Care community of changes and developments. Having persuaded the PCT to pay for her training she then found the opportunities to work within the PCT had disappeared so set up a company called “Durham Gynae” to deliver a community gynaecology clinic. She enjoys training colleagues in women’s health and travelling, but mostly getting 8 hours uninterrupted sleep.
In September 2023, Julie became Chair of the PCWHF. She has been an Executive Board Member since the Forum was founded in 2015.
DR ANNE CONNOLLY MBE
She is a GPwSI in gynaecology, accredited as a hysteroscopist and FSRH trainer. She has been involved in commissioning since 2006 and retired as CCG clinical board member with remit for maternity, women’s, children’s, and young people’s healthcare in 2019.
Anne is the RCGP clinical champion for women’s health and was the Chair of the PCWHF from 2015 until September 2023. She is also co-editor of women’s health in primary care. Anne was honoured to be awarded an MBE for her work in women’s health in the 2021 Queen's Birthday Honour list.
Sarah Gray has spent the last 30 years delivering women’s health in Primary Care. She ran an NHS menopause referral service until 2016 providing secondary and tertiary level advice. This was decommissioned to save funding costs and she continues this work in the private sector.
She provides clinical leadership in contraception for Cornwall Council. She sat on the British Menopause Society Council for 10 years and is now a director of the Primary Care Women’s Health Forum. She was a member of the groups who developed NICE guidance and quality standards for Heavy Menstrual Bleeding. She teaches at all levels from practical one-to-one sessions in general practice to webinars and international congresses. Her publications focus on applying the evidence in women’s health to primary care. In addition, she provides a regular general medical phone-in on BBC local radio and is a Team Leader for the Fitness to Practice directorate of the General Medical Council.