A senior nurse from Northwick Park Hospital has been named Chair of the British Menopause Society, the first nurse to hold this post since the society was founded over 25 years ago.
Senior Nurse Specialist Kathy Abernethy will begin her Chairmanship in July at the society’s annual conference.
As Chair, Kathy will lead the multidisciplinary society through the next two years, increasing awareness about post reproductive health and promoting good clinical practice through educational meetings, publications and policy statements.
She said: “I look forward to the challenge that chairing a multidisciplinary society will bring and am sure that my expertise from working in the award-winning menopause service at Northwick Park Hospital will stand me in good stead.”
Kathy has worked in the field of menopause for more than 25 years and has published widely on the topic in the lay and nursing press. She currently works in the Multidisciplinary Menopause Service at Northwick Park Hospital assessing, treating and monitoring women with complex menopause needs, including young women, those who have had cancer and those with complicated medical needs.
Kathy has also initiated a menopause education programme for nurses and regularly visits workplaces to discuss the impact of menopause on women at work.
Kathy added: “During my career I have advised many women about menopause, ranging from 15 years old to over 80, while also educating health professionals in the need to offer women good information and evidence based treatment choices in line with NICE Guidance.
“I aspire to see all women, wherever they are in the UK, have access to the great menopause care that we offer.”
Amanda Pye, Chief Nurse at London North West Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “This appointment is testament to the commitment and dedication Kathy has shown in supporting and advising women about the menopause. We are incredibly fortunate to call Kathy one of our own and I wish her well in her new role.”