July 2023

To ensure The Menopause Charity provides trusted, independent advice and support, our work is supported by a Clinical Advisory Panel.

The Clinical Advisory Panel

The Clinical Advisory Panel has been established by the Board of Trustees of The Menopause Charity to provide the charity with independent advice and support, helping to ensure our work is clinically appropriate and that our information is accurate and up to date.

Amongst the noise and increasing commercialisation of menopause, we want people to know they can rely on The Menopause Charity for up to date, unbiased evidence-based findings.  The members of the panel provide clinical oversight of our work, ensuring information, support and advice is accurate and clinically appropriate.

Clinical Advisory Panel members

Our Clinical Advisory Panel members have a broad range of experience and interest in menopause, ensuring The Menopause Charity is independent of one clinical view.

The chair of the Clinical Advisory Panel is Dr Radhika Vohra, Trustee at The Menopause Charity.

Dr Radhika Vohra

Dr Radhika Vohra works as an NHS and private GP in Surrey.  Her special interest is women’s health, menopause and education.  She qualified at the University of Birmingham Medical School and is a Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare registered trainer and NHS appraiser.  She believes educating healthcare professionals in understanding women’s medical challenges is crucial to providing quality care.

Bushra Effendi

Bushra Effendi is a prescribing pharmacist who specialises in menopause, working in both the NHS and private sector since her 2015 qualification. She has worked across pharmacy sectors including community, hospital, and primary care, providing advice and support to women going through the menopause transition.  Bushra is committed to addressing health inequalities surrounding menopause care and is passionate about providing equitable access to treatment and education. Her dedication to women’s health and her expertise have made her a trusted and respected healthcare professional.

 

Dr Richard Hull (PhD)

Richard Hull is a Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Galway, having previously worked and studied in Oxford (B.Phil) and Keele (PhD). He is the author of Deprivation and Freedom (Routledge, 2007) and has published on topics including disability, genetic technologies, parental responsibility, assisted dying and non-invasive prenatal testing. Richard has recently been exploring ethical issues concerning menopause and perimenopause. He served two terms on the Irish Council for Bioethics and is a member of the Irish Government’s National Advisory Committee on Bioethics. He teaches in the areas of ethics, political theory and applied philosophy.

Dr Sarah Glynne

Dr Glynne graduated from Imperial College School of Medicine with Honours in 1999. She qualified as a member of the Royal College of Physicians in 2002, and the Royal College of General Practitioners in 2008. In 2016 she completed a Master of Science degree in allergy.

Dr Glynne is a GP with a special interest in the menopause. In addition to her clinical practice, she holds an academic position at Newson Health where she contributes to research and education. She is on both the Advisory Board and the Editorial Board of the Newson Health Menopause Society.

Dr Glynne is particularly interested in the link between Covid-19 and hormone imbalance. She believes that hormonal perturbations are a major barrier to recovery in many female patients with long Covid, and hormone therapy (HRT) can significantly improve health and quality of life. She is also interested in the management of menopausal symptoms in women with a history of breast cancer. In association with Newson Health, she is a member of a newly established working party that aims to raise awareness and education about the role of HRT in women with a history of breast cancer. She is keen to promote access to evidence-based care for breast cancer survivors, and support women to make informed decisions about their treatment options.

Simphiwe Sesane

Simphiwe Sesane is a highly motivated, enthusiastic, and experienced Nurse Practitioner, with over 10 years experience working in sexual and reproductive health. Currently employed as a Contraception and Sexual Health Nurse Consultant, Simphiwe was recently featured in the ‘Pill Revolution’ Documentary by Davina McCall.  She is also a Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health (FSRH) and Bayer trainer.

Simphiwe has a passion for Women’s Health and a special interest in Contraception, Black Maternal Health, Menopause and improving Sexual and Reproductive Health access for marginalised and vulnerable groups. She often shares information on debunking myths around these areas and takes great pride in volunteering in the black community and having open discussions around their concerns.
Simphiwe has been instrumental in implementing menopause support and awareness within her work environment, being involved in policy formation and running workshops for my colleagues.

What is the role of the Clinical Advisory Panel?

The role of the Clinical Advisory Panel is to:

  1. To ensure the charity is up to date with latest developments in the treatment, and access to adequate treatment, for symptoms experienced during perimenopause and menopause.
  2. To provide clinical oversight for the work of The Menopause Charity, ensuring that information, support and advice is clinically appropriate.
  3. To ensure that the charity is independent of one clinical view and engaged with a broad range of relevant expertise and experience.
  4. To provide comment and content (ie written information, news articles, webinars) for the charity and introduce other relevant advisors, to ensure rich and varied information.

Clinical Advisory Panel members

Our Clinical Advisory Panel members have a broad range of experience and interest in menopause, ensuring The Menopause Charity is independent of one clinical view.

The chair of the Clinical Advisory Panel is Dr Radhika Vohra, Trustee at The Menopause Charity.

 

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