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 John McSorley - (2018-2020)
  • Secretary - Dr Mohamed Ghanem (2018 -)
  • Cheshire & Merseyside - Dr Martyn Wood - (2019-2021)
  • East Anglia - Dr Serish Basavaraj co-opted (2019)
  • Northern Ireland - Dr Say Quay - (2019-2021)
  • Northern - Dr Oluseyi Hotonu - (2019-2021)
  • North West - Dr Matthew Phillips - (2019-2021)
  • Oxford - Dr Mohamed Ghanem - (2018 - 2020)
  • Scotland - Dr Rona MacDonald co-opted - (2019)
  • South West - Dr Peter Greenhouse co-opted - (2019)
  • Thames (NE) - Dr Selena Singh (2019-2021)
  • Thames (NW) - Dr Olamide Dosekun - (2019-2021)
  • Thames (SE) - Dr Rajesh Hembrom co-opted - (2019)
  • Thames (SW) - Dr Shalini Andrews - (2019-2021)
  • Trent - Dr Manjula Pammi - (2018-2020)
  • Wales - Dr Rachel Drayton - (2019-2021)
  • Wessex - Dr Leela Sanmani - (2018-2020)
  • West Midlands - Dr Claire Robertson - (2018-2020)
  • Yorkshire - Dr Amy Mammen-Tobin (2018-2020)
  • Doctors in Training Representative - Dr Melissa Pinder - (2018-2020)
  • Health Adviser Representative - Mr Hu Clarke co-opted (2019)
  • Nurse Representative - Vacant
  • SAS Representative - Dr Srinivasulu Narayana (2019-2021)

Ex Officio Members:

  • BASHH President - Dr Olwen Williams
  • BASHH Vice President - Dr Jonathan Ross
  • BASHH Treasurer - Dr Kaveh Manavi
  • BASHH General Secretary - Dr Alan Tang
  • BASHH Conference and Communications Secretary – Dr Claire Dewsnap
  • BASHH Education Committee Chair – Dr Ashini Fox
  • BASHH Clinical Effectiveness Group Representative (CEG) - Dr Keith Radcliffe
  • BASHH National Audit Group Representative (NAG) - Dr Ann Sullivan
  • BASHH Webteam Chair - Dr Martyn Wood
  • BASHH Information Group - Dr David Phillips
  • BASHH Mentoring Group - Dr Emma Fox
  • BASHH Clinical Standards Unit - Dr Raj Patel

Groups reporting to CGC

Service Specification

  • Standards for HIV care document produced by BASHH and the British HIV Association (Nov 2007)
  • BASHH Recommendations for Core Service Provision in Genitourinary Medicine (Dec 2005)
  • Guidance on Retention of GUM Case-notes (Oct 2005, updated June 2006)
    - Also for information is the BASHH response to the new NHS Code of Practice on Records Management.
    - DoH link to their guidance 'Records management: NHS code of practice' (April 2006)
  • "Good Medical Practice for Physicians". Following the launch in May 2001, the RCP was asked by the GMC to prepare supplementary guidance to elaborate elements of specific relevance to physicians. The aim being that that physicians preparing for appraisal and revalidation will use this guidance. BASHH Members and Fellows should be aware of Appendix 9 (Genito-Urinary Medicine). (Sept 2004)
  • MedFASH Recommended Standards for sexual health services. These recommended standards aim to support healthcare organisations to implement the National Strategy for Sexual Health & HIV and to deliver the Public Services Agreed targets for sexulat health. The Document can be found on the MedFASH website.
  • Health Building Note 12-01: Consulting, examination and treatment facilities. Supplement A: Sexual and reproductive health clinics (2008 & 2009) - HBN 12-01 provides guidance on the planning and design of sexual and reproductive health clinics with example room layouts. The guidance has been produced by the DH in conjunction with key stakeholders including BASHH. Internet access to the document is via the Space for Health website In order to use the site individuals need to register with the site. NHS users are then able to use the site free of charge to download the document for individual use. Once registered the easiest way to locate the document is to access the site and click on publications and then either click on out-patients in the topic drop-down menu followed by clicking on go, or perform an advanced search using HBN 12 (not HBN 12-01) in the description box.

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.



BASHH Tender 2008
'Guidance on Engagement of BASHH with Commissioners & other Bodies Involved in NHS Tendering'

The BASHH Board wish to issue guidance regarding the involvement of BASHH in the process of tendering GUM and sexual health services. In producing this guidance, the Board of BASHH wish to emphasise the following priorities.

As part of its charitable aims, BASHH seeks to uphold the standards for the delivery of clinical services. It does not have a view on the different merits of services which are provided for the NHS by Foundation Trusts, Acute Trusts, PCTs, the voluntary or private sectors. There are BASHH Fellows and Members working in all such organisations.

Where commissioners decide to tender NHS services, BASHH may be approached for confidential advice and guidance on the professional standards, clinical governance and other aspects of the services being tendered. In giving such advice, BASHH will strive to ensure that the standards of open access, confidentiality, clinical governance, diagnostic tests and management protocols are upheld to the highest professional standards.

Signed by

Dr Simon E. Barton (BASHH President 2006-2008)

ABI Consultations
Funding Issues
Health Select Committee
DoH Documents
Home Office Documents
  • Paying the Price - BASHH response to the consultation document concerning prostitution. (Nov 2004)
Public Health
Patient Group Directions

A series of PGDs have been produced from the Genitourinary Medicine Department at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (revised Feb 2007)
For comments on medical or pharmacology issues please contact Dr Elizabeth Carlin.

The following PGDs have been produced from the Genitourinary Medicine Department in the Isle of Wight (Jul 2003).




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