Welcome to the BSACP Website!

The British Society of Abortion Care Providers (BSACP) has been formed to promote best practice, education, training and research in abortion care.

The BSACP will serve its members by providing a forum for professional development and networking, as well as by raising the profile of the specialty and improving understanding amongst those responsible for abortion-related policy, guidance, commissioning, regulation and training.

BSACP Members’ Forum: DocMatter

BSACP members have access to a closed discussion group hosted by DocMatter. This is a forum for our community to share best practices in patient care, learn from one another, and collaborate.

New BSACP members will receive a welcome e-mail directly from DocMatter with a link to join, but if you have not received this, please click here to log in or sign up. Remember to use an institutional e-mail address if you are requesting access.

If have already set your password, you will be able to find the discussion group, here: https://www.docmatter.com/bsacp

If you have any questions, you can contact our Support Manager, Katherine Bruce, at: katherine@docmatter.com

Chair and Clinical Lead for the NICE Guideline Committee on Termination of Pregnancy

Applications are invited for the posts of Chair and Clinical Lead for the NICE Guideline Committee on Termination of Pregnancy. This is a chance to be involved in the guideline when the scope is under discussion and to help to review evidence-based medicine in this important field. The closing date for applications is 10.00am on Wednesday 15 February 2017.

Details of this guideline can be found here: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/indevelopment/gid-ng10058


  1. CHAIR – we are looking for an experienced committee chair. For further information please see: https://www.nice.org.uk/get-involved/join-a-committee/chair-termination-of-pregnancy-gc
  2. CLINICAL LEAD – we are looking for an experienced professional in termination of pregnancy. For further information please see: https://www.nice.org.uk/get-involved/join-a-committee/clinical-lead-termination-of-pregnancy-gc

How to apply

The following documents are to be completed and sent via email to Victoria Rowlands (details below) before the deadline of 10.00am on Wednesday 15 February 2017 or alternatively apply to NGAapplications@rcog.org.uk :

  1. A cover letter, explaining how you meet the criteria in the person specification and your motivation for applying for the post
  2. A short CV
  3. Applicant information form – with details of two referees
  4. Declaration of interests form
  5. Equality monitoring form

The forms can be downloaded from the NICE website here:


***NB. The deadline for receipt of applications has now passed.***

Please encourage your network of contacts to apply for the important roles of Chair and Clinical Lead on the NICE Guideline Committee on Termination of Pregnancy before the deadline. 

Additionally if you would like to register as a stakeholder organisation please see https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/indevelopment/gid-ng10058


Victoria Rowlands

Project Manager – National Guideline Alliance (NGA)

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

T: +020 7045 6747

E: vrowlands@rcog.org.uk

W: www.rcog.org.uk


International Women’s Day 2017: ‘Abortion Care: Our Responsibility’

Joint RCOG/FSRH Event on Friday 3 March 2017, 9.00am–3.30pm at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Regent’s Park, London, UK

24 January 2017

Each year in England and Wales around 200,000 women have an abortion, making this the most common medical or surgical procedure performed in this country. Around one-third of British women will have had an abortion by the time they reach the age of 45 years.

Fifty years after the Abortion Act 1967, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) has identified as a key priority the need to ensure today’s abortion services are sustainable into the future. Changes to the way abortion care is commissioned and delivered are having an impact on doctors’ access to training and women’s access to services, while the low prestige and stigma that can be associated with abortion care are affecting morale.

You are invited to join the RCOG and the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) to celebrate International Women’s Day 2017, where the aim is to ensure abortion is seen as a core part of women’s health services, not ‘somebody else’s business’. All healthcare professionals who provide abortion care are invited to attend this free event.

Expert speakers and advocates for abortion care will provide insights into the challenges experienced in providing training in this area, what it’s like to work in abortion care, and the wider environment in which abortion services are delivered. The programme includes presentations on:

  • The moral case for abortion
  • Training and working in abortion care – stigma, conscientious objection, and the view from clinicians
  • The effect of unintended pregnancy and abortion on mental health and wellbeing
  • Recent technical advances in abortion care
  • Commissioning abortion services in the UK
  • The RCOG Abortion Task Force

Attendees will also have the chance to take part in a panel discussion looking at current clinical controversies in abortion care, as well as an interactive workshop exploring attitudes to abortion.

Programme: https://www.rcog.org.uk/globalassets/documents/courses-exams-and-events/postgraduate-and-scientific-events/international-womens-day-2017.pdf

Further information/register at: https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/departmental-catalog/Departments/postgraduate-and-scientific-meetings/1772—7ch—international-womens-day/


Manual Vacuum Aspiration Training – 10 February 2017

Dear Colleagues

The Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA) training course is a joint RCOG/BSACP/FSRH hands-on and theoretical course that focuses on the outpatient management of miscarriage and abortion using manual vacuum aspiration.

The MVA procedure is accessible, easy to deliver, does not require a general anaesthetic and is cost-effective. With the high safety profile of this procedure and increasing potential, there is need to improve access to MVA in the UK.

In addition to providing a grounding in the MVA, this course covers the equipment, staffing, analgesia and other requirements for surgical uterine evacuation in the outpatient setting.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn how to confidently fit together and operate a MVA kit
  • Gain knowledge of appropriate pain relief
  • Safely undertake MVA of uterine contents in a model
  • Learn how to provide appropriate support for the woman and her support person
  • Gain skills to develop a business case for MVA
  • Meet others with experience of setting up similar services
  • Make contacts for sharing guidelines and pathways

View the programme and book online: View the programme and book online >>

We look forward to seeing you at the College.

Events Team

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

27 Sussex Place, Regent’s Park, London, NW1 4RG, UK

+44 20 7772 6245



Scottish Abortion Care Providers Conference

Friday 27th January 2017, Royal College of Physicians, 9 Queen Street, Edinburgh, UK

The scientific programme for this conference appears below.

An application form is available and places will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. NHS Scotland delegates can attend free of charge. Other delegates will be expected to pay a £50 attendance charge.

Further information and application forms are available from: Kate Elder, Team Leader/PA, Chalmers Centre, 2a Chalmers Street, Edinburgh EH3 9ES, UK. E-mail: kate.elder@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk

***Closing date for applications extended to: 20th January 2017***  

FINAL PROGRAMME Friday 27 January 2017






Check timings


9.45- 9.50


Welcome – Dr Sharon Cameron





Session 1



Trends and Issues in Scotland


Chair: Dr Sharon Cameron




Termination of pregnancy statistics


Dr Rachael Wood, NSS





Options for TOP if you are a woman in Ireland


Dr Caitriona Henchion, Northern Ireland





Management of very early TOP


Dr Philippe Faucher, France


10.50 – 11.10




11.10 – 11.40 Morning Tea/Coffee break and poster viewing

Session 2



Hot Topics


Chair: Dr Lucy Caird



Hot topic 1

11.40-12.00 noon


Same day mifepristone and misprostol for EMA Dr Patricia Lohr, bpas

Hot topic 2



GPs’ role in provision of abortion care


Dr Jeni Harden, University of Edinburgh



Hot topic 3




WEMA study findings: women’s experiences of more than one abortion


Dr Lisa McDaid, MRC Social Science/University of Glasgow


Hot topic 4



What’s new in Sexual Health policy?


Mary Stewart, Scottish Government


13.00-13.30 Lunch Break and Poster viewing



“Let’s talk about abortion….”

Leanne Rockingham, NHS Lothian and Jill Wilson, Greater Glasgow and Clyde (Health Improvement Lead)





Safety and efficacy of medical abortion when provided by ‘Women on Web’ to women in Ireland and Northern Ireland

Professor James Trussell, Honorary Fellow, University of Edinburgh


Impact of legalising abortion in Poland  


Lara’s stories Sarah Sherman, Medical Student
15.30-15.45 Questions  
15.45-16.00 Best Poster Presentation & Closing Remarks Dr Audrey Brown



Abortion Service Reform in the UK

Dr Sandy Goldbeck-Wood has written an editorial entitled ‘Reforming abortion services in the UK: less hypocrisy, more acknowledgment of complexity’ that has just been published in the January 2017 online edition of the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care. The editorial can be accessed at: http://jfprhc.bmj.com/content/43/1/3.full

On 23 December 2016, Dr Goldbeck-Wood was interviewed by the Radio 4 ‘Today’ programme about her editorial and the resultant 3-minute interview (at time point 1 hr 16min) is at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b085b9sx

New Abortion News Service

People looking for current and past news about abortion rights now have an easy-to-use tool. A new interactive website is available, which posts breaking news on abortion rights from around the world. As well as news, the website also posts opinion, commentary, videos, podcasts, film and book reviews, and other media about abortion.

“Readers looking for up-to-date information about what’s happening on the abortion issue in countries around the world should find this site a useful resource, said Dr Christian Fiala, the website’s team lead and a gynaecologist who provides abortions. Dr Fiala explained that everything posted is automatically added to the website’s Archives. “The website is entirely searchable using keywords, and categories such as date, topic, country, and region.”

In addition, readers can subscribe to a news feed, as well as submit news links to be posted.

Visit the new website and sign up to the feed at: http://abortion-news.info

“A key advantage is that we don’t post anti-choice news or links to other inaccurate pieces that are biased against abortion,” said Joyce Arthur, the website moderator and an abortion rights activist in Canada. “Readers can be assured that they are getting mainstream news from respected sources, as well as informed views from those who support women’s fundamental right to self-determination, including the right to abortion.”

The website is operated by the Initiative for Reproductive Health Information (IRHI) / Initiative zur Information über Reproduktive Gesundheit.

BSACP Contribute to Medical Abortion Article on ‘The-Pool’ Website

Sam Rowlands was recently interviewed by Hattie Crisell, a journalist who writes for ‘The-Pool’ website, about the topic of medical abortion. The resultant article – ‘The abortion pill – giving options to women at home and, crucially, further afield’ – was published online on 12 November 2016. 




Report on FIAPAC’s 12th Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, 13-15 October 2016

The 12th FIAPAC Conference held in Lisbon, Portugal last month attracted in excess of 600 delegates, and showcased 150+ oral and poster presentations covering a broad range of topics including drug regimens, surgical techniques, access to abortion, contraception after abortion, stigma to the Zika virus, pain management, more than one abortion, telemedicine, counselling and ethics. Sam Rowlands (BSACP Secretary and Council Member) has written a brief summary of the conference’s highlights for the benefit of those who were unable to attend this year’s conference.


The 2018 FIAPAC Conference will be held in Nantes, France – visit the FIAPAC website (http://fiapac.org/) for further information/registration instructions.