Women’s Health

The aim of the Women’s Health CAG is to improve women’s health in our community.

women's healthOur CAG covers a range of services that include maternity care, gynaecology, assisted conception, antenatal and postnatal care, ambulatory gynaecology, gynaecological endocrinology, benign gynaecology, early pregnancy and gynaecology unit, colposcopy, endometriosis and minimal access surgery.

Read the latest news from our Women's Health CAG.


The women’s health directorate has a strong history of which we are proud in education and training. Excellent outcome measures are recorded in the areas of undergraduate, postgraduate taught courses and training across the CAG in the fields of medicine, research and allied professionals including nursing and midwifery. Our CAG has reviewed and revised its entire teaching programme in all aspects of reproductive health, notably the MBBS course and has developed the UK’s first Maternal and Fetal Health intercalated BSc.

Key achievements in education include:

  • Completion of six pilot schemes in undergraduate education completed, with data analysis in progress for submission to medical education literature
  • Desperate Debra invented, developed, funding obtained and evaluated within the women’s health department by Professor Shennan and colleagues who were awarded Guy's and St Thomas' Annual Trust award for innovation. It is now available for purchase globally.
  • Development of audio visual resources in-obstetrics and gynaecology to assist teaching and training of medical students has continued. Numerous videos are now available on the virtual campus, with more in progress over the next few months. Obstetrics and gynaecology history taking vignettes have been written and produced as workbooks on the virtual campus.


Notable achievements in research include expanding upon our expertise in maternity care to develop one of the largest obstetric research groups in Europe encompassing a centre for clinical trials, another for fetal medicine (the Harris Birthright Centre) and a strong translational research team. Importantly, through integration with the Perinatal Mental Health team at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, a new programme of research addresses the mental health needs of women during and immediately after pregnancy aiming to define optimal pathways of care.

The health needs of our population are many and varied. Challenges include high level of deprivation, obesity, mental health problems, teenage pregnancy, prematurity and shortened life expectancy. Our women also speak many different languages and are culturally diverse. Our CAG aims to provide the highest standards of care to the women of London and the South East, built on excellence in research, training and clinical skills, and we believe the development of the Women’s Health Academic Centre will help us make a difference to the health of women and their families.
Dr Rahul Nath, Dr Leonie Penna and Professor Lucilla Poston, Joint Leads for the Women’s Health CAG

Women’s Health Clinical Academic Group Leaders

Dr Rahul Nath, Gynaecologist (Oncologist) (Gynae Lead), Guy's & St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Leonie Penna, Consultant in Obstetrics and Fetal medicine at King’s and Clinical Director for Women’s Services

Professor Lucilla Poston, Maternal & Fetal Health, King's College London