Avon Group for Contraception and Sexual Health

Chair:   Dr Megan Crofts          Vice Chair:   Dr Frederica von Hawrylak


The Avon Group for Contraception and Sexual Health is run by a committee.

Chair – Dr Megan Crofts

Vice Chair – Dr Frederica von Hawrylak Specialty Registrar in Sexual and Reproductive Health.  Freddie is in her fourth year of training in sexual and reproductive health, having completed 18 months in obstetrics and gynaecology at St Michaels Hospital and now based at Unity Sexual Health.

Her main areas of clinical interest are abortion care, community gynaecology and complex contraception.

Other members of the committee are

Dr Helen Wheeler

Dr Manika Singh – Manika joined BSHC team as a Consultant and Lead in PAS in February 2013.  Graduated from and post- graduation from the Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, India.  Trained in the North West and East of England deanery and received CCT in Obstetrics and gynaecology, and took up a Post CCT Fellowship in Sexual and Reproductive Health and a Post graduate diploma in Medical Education at Edgehill University.  Principal areas of interest are community gynaecology, scanning, complex contraception and medical education.  Manika has a keen interest in service improvement, clinical guideline development.

Ms Emma Painter – Emma is a Nurse Practitioner at Bristol Sexual Health Service; she works with male and female patients of all ages and is able to provide contraception (including contraceptive implants) and sexual health advice.  Emma is particularly interested in working with hard to reach groups, for example street sex workers and has previously worked as a Sexual Offences Nurse Examiner at The Bridge (Sexual Assault Referral Centre).   Emma is also currently training as a psychodynamic psychotherapist.

Dr Cindy Farmer is a Specialty Doctor at Unity Sexual Health. She runs a complex implant removal referral clinic for deep or impalpable implants.  Cindy is the general training programme director for Diploma (DFSRH) and Loc (coil and implant) training within the Bristol area.  She is the Chair of the General Training Committee of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare.

Dr Susanna Hall – Susanna is a speciality trainee in community sexual and reproductive healthcare and is in her last year of training.  She is a member of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare, member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and holds her diploma in Genito-urinary Medicine.  Her interests are in abortion care, working with vulnerable groups and public health.

Dr Kirsty Alexander –  Kirsty is a GP Partner at Southmead and Henbury Family Practice and is also a Clinical Commissioner for Bristol CCG. Her main responsibility is Maternity & Children’s and Young Peoples Services.

Dr Bekki Stone – Bekki is a GP working in a busy practice, in an area of high social deprivation as the contraception and sexual health lead. As a faculty registered trainer she is currently training one of the salaried GPs in intrauterine technique training.

Dr Anne Whitehouse

Mrs Thea Oliver – Thea joined  the Avon Group for Contraception and Sexual Health in 2007 whilst working as a generalist Nurse Practitioner at Whitchurch Health Centre in Bristol and have continued to attend and be involved since moving to work in a similar role at  Wells Health Centre in Somerset in 2014. She has a passion for Health Education of clinicians and patients alike & particularly relating to sexual health care & education. As part of her role Thea fits and removes contraceptive implants. She was a member of the Psychosexual Association of Nurses until it folded 2 years ago, trained in Balint-style counselling techniques and trained as a counsellor to support survivors of sexual abuse in the 1990s.

Ms Ann Steele-Nicholson

Dr Jo Mobbs – Dr Jo Mobbs is a GP at the Students Health Service.  She has worked with the University student population since 2003, and has been lead GP for their Sexual Health provision.  She is a member of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare and is trained intrauterine techniques and contraceptive implants.

Dr Sharon Moses – Sharon Moses is has been a Consultant in Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) with Bristol Sexual Health Services since 2011. Having trained in O&G she completed the RCOG subspecialty training programme in SRH in Leicester. Sharon is currently training programme director in Health Education South West for the Community SRH specialty training programme, sits on the MFSRH exam committee and is a faculty registered trainer for FSRH qualifications. Her main areas of clinical interest are Complex contraception, community gynaecology and integrated sexual healthcare.