Conference Theme: "Learning from each other to improve care for women"

Date: Wednesday 6th March 2013
Location: Blair Bell Centre, Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust, Crown Street, Liverpool L8 7SS

For more information about this year's conference, please contact us.

Photos of the day can be found on our Facebook page.

Programme of Events:
(Individual presentations in PDF format are accessible by clicking on the title):

09.00 - 09.30



09.30 - 09.40


Chaired by Professor Tunde Zack Williams, FGM NCG

Cathy Atherton, Head of Midwifery, Liverpool Women’s Hospital


09.40 - 10.15

Epidemiology of FGM

Dr Joanne Topping, Consultant Obstetrician, Liverpool Women’s Hospital


10.15 - 10.40

Clitoral Reconstruction following FGM. What is the evidence?

Dr Sarah Creighton, Gynecologist, University College London Hospital (UCLH)


10.40 - 11.15

Coffee Break

Chaired by Dame Tina Lavender, Professor University of Manchester


11.15 - 12.00

A Personal Journey

Aissa Eddon


12.00 - 12.30

Psychological Research in FGM

Charmaine Elliott, Clinical Psychologist, UCLH


12.30 - 12.50

Should clitoral reconstruction be offered in the UK?

Panel Discussion


12.50 - 13.30


Chaired by Yana Richens OBE


13.30 - 14.00

Female Genital Mutilation: An exploratory study of teachers knowledge and experiences of Female Genital Mutilation

Rebecca Lavender, FGM National Clinical Group Fellow


14.00 - 14.30

Teaching and Learning about FGM in the Classroom

Janine Killough


14.30 - 15.00

The Law and Police Procedure Relating to FGM

Dixie Dean and John Kerr

Chaired by Dorcas Akeju OBE


15.00 - 15.20

Coffee Break


15.20 - 16.00

The Health Visitor’s Role and FGM

Joan Clarke, Practicing Health Visitor, Liverpool Community Health

Perspective from Liverpool

Afrah Qassim, Advocate Against Harmful Practice to Women and Girls, Merseyside

CPS Response to FGM

Jo Lazzarri, Criminal Prosecution Officer, Merseyside and Cheshire

FGM - A Safeguarding Issue

Esther Golby, Protection Lead, LWH

Ronnie Gilbertson, FGM Specialist Midwife, Liverpool Women’s Hospital


Conference Theme: "FGM - Working in Partnership"

Date: Wednesday 21st September 2011
Location: Britannia Hotel, New Street, Birmingham B2 4RX

Conference attendee evaluation (released 20 July 2012)

For further information, please contact Lola Daranijoh.

Programme of events (individual presentations are accessible by clicking on the title):

09.30 - 10.00



10.00 - 10.15

Welcome - FGM: An Overview

FGM DVD Presentation

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath OBE,

Deputy Leader of the Opposition &

Chairman of Heart of England NHS Trust


10.15 - 10.50


Dr Joanne Topping,

Consultant Obstetrician, Liverpool Women’s Hospital


10.50 - 11.15

View From The House

Valerie Vaz, MP Walsall South


11.15 - 11.45

Coffee Break

Barbara Kuypers,

Local Supervising Authority Midwifery Officer, NHS West Midlands


11.45 -12.20

African Well Women’s Service - HOEFT

Alison Byrne,

Specialist Midwife


12.20 - 12.55

Community Research In Birmingham

Nasheima Sheikh,

Assistant Chief Executive, BSWAID


12.55 - 13.30

Birmingham Against FGM

Jak Lynch,

Senior Public Health Community Manager,

Vulnerable Young People - HOB & Chair of Birmingham Against FGM


13.30 – 14.30


Chaired by Dorcas Akeju OBE


14.30 – 15.05

FGM – A Police Perspective

DC Helen Tonks – Investigative Training, Learning and Development,

Tally Ho, Birmingham


15.05 - 15.40

Working In Partnership In Dudley

Emma Danks,

Midwife, Russells Hall Hospital, Dudley

Conference attendee evaluation

On Wednesday 21st September 2011, the FGM National Clinical Group held a conference in Birmingham. The theme of the conference was "FGM - Working in Partnership". During the conference, evaluation forms were distributed to assess how the conference was received. Participants were asked to rate the content, educational content, delivery of lectures, venue, catering and overall impression of the conference. They were also asked to comment on their reasons for attending the conference, whether the conference fulfilled their needs, what they enjoyed about the conference, and what could be done to improve the conference. Overall there were 28 participants who completed the conference evaluation form.

Figure 1 describes the profession of the participants involved.

Figure 2. Indicates that a majority of participants (36%) were made aware of the conference through friends or colleagues. 21% of participants heard about the conference via email and a further 14% heard about the conference at work.

When asked to evaluate the content, educational content, delivery of lectures, venue, catering and overall impression of the conference; participants were asked to numerically rate these categories between the values of 1 (very poor) and 5 (very good). Table 1 shows the results.

Table 1. Participant responses concerning content, educational content, delivery of lectures, venue, catering and overall impression of the conference.
(very poor)
(very good)
Educational content
Delivery of lectures
Overall impression

As table 1 shows, the majority of participants felt that the content of the conference was very good, ranking it as 5. 13 participants gave the conference content a score of 4. None of the participants gave the content a score lower than 4.

The majority of participants (n=16) also thought that the educational content of the conference was very good. 11 participants ranked the educational content as 4. Only 1 participant gave a score of 3 for this category. None of the participants chose to rank the educational content as 1 (very poor) or 2.

Category 5 (very good) was also the most common response concerning the delivery of lectures, with 14 participants choosing this category. Following this, 12 participants ranked the delivery of lectures as 4. 2 participants gave a response of 3, however none of the participants ranked it as category 1 or 2.

For the category of venue, most participants gave a value of 4. However 5 participants gave the venue a value of 3 and 1 participant gave a value of 2. Comments were made on the evaluation forms about the venue being too cold and also about the difficulty of parking.

The catering at the conference was well received, with 12 participants ranking it with the highest value of 5 and 12 participants ranking it a value of 4. No participants stated that the catering was very poor.

The overall impression of the conference was very good, with 18 participants choosing this category. The remaining participants to answer this question gave a value of 4 for their overall impression of the conference. Participants were also asked what they hoped to gain from the conference and two themes emerged from the responses given.

Firstly, acquiring knowledge, information and understandings of FGM was a theme from the responses, with participants stating that they wished to gain a ‘better understanding of FGM’ and hear about ‘up to date knowledge’ on the subject. Secondly, many participants stated that they hoped to be able to network at the conference. One participant stated that their aim was ‘making contacts to support women with FGM’. Networking was a popular theme within this category.

When asked to comment on what they had enjoyed about the conference there was a variety of responses related to: the presentations, the gaining of knowledge and information sharing, networking, and the multi-disciplinary approach. The speakers at the conference were also praised in this section, with one participant stating that they had enjoyed ‘The passion of the speakers’ and another stating ‘Really inspiring speakers’. Another participant stated that they had enjoyed ‘Being part of a conference where most know about FGM’.

When asked how the conference could be improved, 12 of the 28 respondents thought that the conference did not need any improvement. Some participants did however express that the venue could be improved, as it was too cold (n=3) and there was difficulty parking (n=2). Others suggested that it would have been useful to hear accounts of women who have undergone FGM. One participant also felt that it would be useful to involve social care into future conferences. Others felt that there could have been more speakers and more research focused. Another respondent suggested that it would be good to ‘open the conference to more people with more varied backgrounds’. Interactive sessions were also suggested as a way to improve the conference, along with more publicity for the conference, and information on health commissioning.

Overall the conference was well received, as seen through the variety of positive comments made by the respondents. Many participants felt that the FGM NCG conference did not need improvement and any the suggested improvements were minimal.

Conference Theme: "Safeguarding Women & Children"

After a very successful conference in 2008, we were very excited at the prospect of our second event in London within the theme of safeguarding women and children in the UK whom at risk of FGM. We will also launch an educational DVD which clearly instructs and shows doctors, midwives and nurses how to undertake a reversal operation.

We were delighted to have both international and national speakers at the event including Professor Dame Christine Beasley Chief Nurse for England, Professor Sir Sabaratnam Arul Kumaran, President of the Royal College of Obstetricians, plus our two patrons, Baroness Ruth Rendell and Professor Cathy Warwick CBE, the General Secretary of the Royal College of Midwives.

Date: 25 September 2008
Location: The Liner, Lord Nelson Street, Liverpool. L3 5QB

A selection of presentations from the conference:

FGM: Definition and Associated Health Problems (PPT/494kb)
By Sarah Creighton, Consultant Gynaecologist, University College Hospital London

Safeguarding: A National Priority (PPT/115kb)
By Professor Dame Christine Beasley, Chief Nursing Officer for England

FGM and Safeguarding Women and Children in London (PPT/678kb)
By Jennifer Bourne, Specialist Nurse, Waltham Forest PCT

Child Abuse Investigation Command: Project Azure (PPT/2.5mb)
By Detective Constable Jason Morgan, London Metropolitan Police

A model for improving psychological care for women adversely affected by FGM (PPT/741kb)
By Lih-Mei Liao, PhD FBPS, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, University College London Hospital, Honorary Senior Lecturer, UCL Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Institute for Women's Health

PPT: Microsoft Powerpoint format
Conference Theme: "FGM in a Globalised Age"

Date: 25 September 2008
Location: The Liner, Lord Nelson Street, Liverpool. L3 5QB

Listed in order of presentation at the conference:

Female Genital Mutilation
By Alison Byrne and Teresa Ball, Heart of England Hospital

Historical and Socio-Cultural Aspects of FGM (PPT/536kb)
By Dorcas Akeju OBE, Specialist Midwife, Liverpool Women’s Hospital

Epidemiology of FGM in the UK (PPT/1mb)
By Efua Dokendo OBE, Independent Consultant & Professor Alison MacFarlane, University London

Developing a FGM Educational Package for Professionals
By Dr Gillian Aston, Senior Lecturer, King’s College London

Overview and Health Risks
By Dr Joanne Topping, Consultant Obstetrician, Women’s Hospital

Psychological and Psychosexual Impact; What don’t we know? (PPT/6.56mb)
By Dr Haseena Lockhat

FGM and the New Man - Further Reflections (DOC/39kb)
By Professor Tunde Zack-Williams, University of Central Lancashire

Community and professionals working together to tackle FGM (DOC/49kb)
By Sarah McCullock, National Director, Agency for Culture and Change Management

Role of the Midwife
By Alison Byrne & Teresa Ball, Heart of England Hospital

Role of the Health Visitor
By Cheryl Martin, Safeguarding Child Protection Nurse, Liverpool PCT

Role of the GP (PPT/6.9mb)
By Dr Katie Gardner, Liverpool PCT

Challenges to implementing the law in the UK
By Eddie Cowan, Merseyside Police

A Personal Journey
By Amina Ahmed

Summary from the Chair
By Dame Lorna Muirhead, Lord Lieutenant of Liverpool

PPT: Microsoft Powerpoint format
DOC: Microsoft Word format
Conference Theme: "Female Genital Mutilation in a Globalised Age"

Hosted in association with the British Journal of Midwifery

Date: Thursday 6th February 2014
Location: Conference Park, Warwick Conferences, University of Warwick

For more information about this year's conference, please contact us.

Photos of the day can be found on our Facebook page.

Programme of Events:


09.30 - 10.00

Registration and refreshments

Chaired by Ronnie Gilbertson, Specialist Midwife,
Liverpool Women’s Hospital


10.00 - 10.10

Welcome and introduction

Yana Richens OBE Consultant Midwife in Public Health,
University College London Hospital NHS Foundation Trust &
Joint Editor-in-Chief, British Journal of Midwifery

10.10 - 10.20

Opening Address
Baroness Ruth Rendell CBE Patron, FGM National Clinical Group

10.20 - 10.50

An Overview of FGM
Professor Sarah Creighton, Consultant Gynaecologist,
University College London Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

10.50 - 11.20

How can we protect children? Role of the Paediatrician
Dr Deborah Hodes, Consultant Community Paediatrician,
University College London Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

11.20 - 11.55

Refreshments and Exhibition Viewing
Chaired by Professor Cathy Warwick CBE, Chief Executive,
Royal College of Midwives

11. 50 - 12.20

Tackling FGM in the UK: Legal Framework
Lynne Townley, Barrister, London

12.20 - 12.40

Teachers’ Awareness of FGM
Dr Gaynor Sharp, Field Officer,
West Midlands The Association for Science Education

12.40 - 13.40

Lunch and Exhibition Viewing
Chaired by Dorcas Akeju OBE, Specialist Midwife,
FGM and Inherited Blood Disorders

13.40 - 13.55

Challenges faced by the UK Government
Jane Ellison MP, Public Health Minister, London

13.55 - 14.25

Capturing the Data NHS London
Angela Helleur, Deputy Director, Medical Directorate, NHS England
Chris Prior, Data Analyst, Professionals working together to tackle FGM

14.25 - 14.35

Role of the Midwife
Alison Byrne, Specialist Midwife,
Heart of England NHS Trust

Juliet Albert, Specialist Midwife,
Queen Charlotte’s Hospital & Acton African Well Woman Service

14.35 - 14.45

Role of the Health Visitor
Dorothy Zack-Williams Member, FGM National Clinical Group


14.45 - 14.55

Role of the Obstetrician
Siobhan Quenby, Professor of Obstetrics & Honorary Consultant Obstetrician, University of Warwick

14.55 - 15.05

Role of the General Practitioner
Alison Payne, GP, Willenhall Primary Care Centre

15.05 - 15.15

Role of the Educationalist - Survey Results

Elinor Clarke, Senior Lecturer,
Coventry University

15.15 - 15.30

Questions from the floor to the panel

15.30 - 15.55

A Personal Journey: The Road to Recovery

Aïssa Sara Edon, Midwife at Ealing Hospital, Middlesex
and Member of FGM National Clinical Group

15.55 - 16.10


Professor Tunde Zack-Williams, Professor of Sociology,
University of Central Lancashire



Close of conference