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Women’s Health

The aim of the Women’s Health Clinical Academic Group (CAG) is to improve women’s health in our community.

women's health

The CAG envisions bringing together and building on the extensive strengths of King’s Health Partners to create an Institute of Women and Children’s Health that will address the most important healthcare needs and improve outcomes for women and children in our local area, nationally and internationally.

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

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


We have a proud history of education in the fields of medicine, research and training for allied professions including nursing and midwifery. The CAG has revised its entire study programme in all aspects of reproductive health reviewing undergraduate, postgraduate and short course teaching. We now lead the related modules of King’s College London’s MBBS course, deliver the UK’s first Women’s Health intercalated BSc and are launching a Women & Children's Health MSc in October 2018.

Key achievements in education include:

  • Creating a network of PhD students across disciplines to promote skill-sharing and collaborative working
  • Delivering specialist teaching to over 2,200 undergraduates
  • Strengthening healthcare systems through in-country training initiatives in 17 countries globally.


Central to our research is the concept of the life course of health. The physical and mental health of the next generation begins at the earliest stages so our research spans preconception, pregnancy, infancy, childhood and adolescence. We run both translational and clinical trials supported by a multidisciplinary team including statisticians, scientists, social scientists, medical and allied health care professionals.

Evidence gathered informs policies and guidelines in addition to care pathways, ultimately improving outcomes for women and children. We specialise in developmental and reproductive medicine, maternal hypertension, maternal metabolic disorders and women’s mental health. Recent successes include proposing the ‘continuity of carer’ model for maternity care currently being implemented by the Department of Health & Social Care and showing that the diet and lifestyle of both parents before conception plays a key role in the long-term health of their children.

Innovations and achievements

  • Read about how our clinical academic collaborations are improving the lives of our patients in Innovation Impact Stories
  • See 70 examples of key achievements from across our partnership in our CAGraphics booklet.
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 CAG will help us make a difference to the health of women and their families.
Professor Lucilla Poston CBE, Head of the Department of Women and Children’s Health, King’s College London

Women’s Health Clinical Academic Group Leaders

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

Dr Leonie Penna, Consultant in Obstetrics and Fetal Medicine and Clinical Director for Women’s Services, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 

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