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Centenary Souvenir

Dr Elizabeth Carlin President of The British Association for Sexual Health and HIV

Dr Elizabeth Carlin was elected President of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) in early 2016 with a pledge to communicate and safeguard the unique and essential role that sexual health services provide for all society. Elizabeth was born in South Yorkshire and decided that she wanted to be a doctor as a young teenager.

She qualified from Sheffield University Medical School in 1984 and trained in general internal medicine in Manchester and Aberdeen. It was after doing a six-month post as a Senior House Officer in genitourinary medicine (GUM), that Elizabeth knew which specialty she wanted to work in for the rest of her life. After moving to London to start her specialist training, Elizabeth obtained a training post at St. Mary’s Hospital and Central Middlesex Hospital, and then at the newly built Chelsea & Westminster Hospital. She rapidly became engrossed in the many different aspects of the specialty including diagnosing and managing sexually transmitted infections and genital conditions, health promotion and education, and the treatment and care of people living with HIV. In 1995, Elizabeth was appointed to her current post as Consultant in Genitourinary/ HIV medicine in Nottinghamshire split between a district general hospital (Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) and a university teaching hospital (Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust). Over the years, she has focused her energies on developing the service such that it is now widely delivered with reproductive health, outreach and health promotion integrated into an overarching sexual health service. She is currently leading the mobilisation of services in mid-Nottinghamshire into a new integrated sexual health service following a successful tender in 2015. This is one of Elizabeth’s proudest achievements. One of her areas of specialism is HIV care during pregnancy, and she is passionate about delivering and developing high-quality patient-focused services Since 2001, Elizabeth has been Head of Service and Service Director. She is also Chair of the Local Negotiating

Committee (LNC), and has served in that role since 2005, and a Member of the regional LNC Forum and Regional Consultant Committee. With an underlying belief in fairness and equity, Elizabeth has applied these principles to all of the negotiated agreements that she has secured. Elizabeth has held many senior appointments at BASHH including Vice-President, General Secretary and Chair of the Clinical Governance Committee. She has also previously been Chair of the Trent branch of BASSH and its predecessor, the Association of GUM. She is a Member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care, author of UK and European Guidelines on Sexua lly Acquired Reactive Arthritis and has written national job planning guidance. Elizabeth contributed to the first edition of the UK Standards for the Management of Sexually Transmitted Infections and the Standards of care for Women with Vulval Conditions. At BASHH, she has been instrumental in developing tools to help clinicians with tendering. A regret in her home life has taught Elizabeth a lesson that she now applies to every aspect of her life. As a junior doctor, she wanted to buy a property but didn’t because she was worried about making a mistake. Rather, the mistake, she now knows, was not buying it. She now makes sure that any major decision is based on weighing up the facts, rather than fear of an unknown outcome. * Favourite Song: China In Your Hand by T’Pau * Three objects Elizabeth cannot live without: Sharp nail scissors, Mechanical pencil with eraser, Smart mobile phone

Elizabeth’s advice to junior doctors is “Be flexible – have a plan but be prepared to adapt it depending on circumstances and opportunities.”


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