The Women’s Health Special Interest Group (SIG) was established in 2023 to bring together Faculty of Public Health (FPH) members and wider professionals who have a keen interest in women’s health. We will take a life-course approach to women’s health and prioritise work to tackle inequalities in women’s health.
We will contribute to the FPH’s focus areas for 2022-2025 and deliver our aims through:
- Working towards a clear business plan based on FPH members and women’s health professional priorities, and evidence of the most important women's health issues in the UK.
- Developing partnerships through collaboration and sharing of experience and knowledge with partners (including the Sexual and Reproductive Health SIG), wider stakeholder networks and allied health organisations.
- Championing women’s health and equity in all policy. This will include coordinating FPH responses to government and professional consultations, and identifying, promoting and collaborating on new priority areas for policy and advocacy in women’s health.
- Promoting evidence informed public health through providing an expert resource for members and identifying and sharing research ideas and opportunities in women’s health, thus supporting equitable access to opportunities for members.
- Focusing on capacity building for women’s public health
- Measuring our progress through process outputs, including an annual report of activity to the FPH board and regular briefings for members.
Figure reproduced from: Policy paper: Women’s Health Strategy, August 2022, published: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/womens-health-strategy-for-england/womens-health-strategy-for-england
The SIG's workplan for 2024 will be uploaded in due course.
Useful resources and links
- Women’s Health Strategy 2022: Women's Health Strategy for England August 2022 (publishing.service.gov.uk)
- MMBRACE Maternal Report 2023: Infographics
- King’s Fund Podcast: What women want: addressing women’s health inequalities | The King's Fund (kingsfund.org.uk)
- World Menopause Day - International Menopause Society (imsociety.org)
- Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
- Royal College of Midwives
The Women’s Health SIG reports to the Faculty’s Health Services Committee.
The SIG is co-chaired by:
- Rebecca Best (SpR)
- Marian Knight (Professor)
- Sophie Maule (SpR)
- Nicola Vousden (SpR)
We are keen to welcome members who have a passion for women’s health or want to gain a better understanding. If you are interested in joining the SIG, we would love to hear from you. Please see here for details on how to join a SIG. If you have any queries, email us at: email@example.com.
Please note, to join any SIG you are required to be a member of the Faculty of Public Health.