E09. Specialised Women’s Services


This Clinical Reference Group (CRG) covers complex obstetrics and complex gynaecology services.

The complex obstetrics element covers specialised maternity and fetal medicine services, including specialised elements of maternity care and in particular, how individuals with conditions which might materially affect their choices and care during pregnancy and birth can best be supported. It also covers the more complex and rare fetal conditions.

The Specialised Women’s Services CRG also covers the more specialised elements of gynaecological care, which would typically fall outside of the experience of local GP and hospital care.


Chair: Professor Sarah Creighton, Consultant Gynaecologist, University College London Hospitals.

Sarah Winfield, North
Fiona Reid, North
Mark Kilby, Midlands & East
Alastair McKelvey, Midlands & East
Donald Peebles, London
Mandish Dhanjal, London
Dominic Byrne, South
David Howe, South
Jane Bass, Lead Pharmacist
Jane Denton, Patient & Public Voice
Lesley Briggs, Patient & Public Voice
Jane Fisher, Patient & Public Voice
Anthony Prudhoe, Lead Commissioner, a.prudhoe@nhs.net


A key part of the CRG’s work is the delivery of the ‘products’ of commissioning. These are the tools used by the 10 Hub Commissioning Teams to contract services on an annual basis.

Service Specifications

Service specifications are important in clearly defining the standards of care expected from organisations funded by NHS England to provide specialised care. The specifications have been developed by specialised clinicians, commissioners, expert patients and public health representatives to describe both core and developmental service standards. Core standards are those that all funded providers should be able to demonstrate, with developmental standards being those which may require further changes in practice over time to provide excellence in the field.

The following service specifications fall within the scope of this CRG:


A commissioning policy is a document that defines access to a service for a particular group of patients. A NICE Technology Appraisal Guideline on the same topic will replace, or be incorporated into, a commissioning policy as appropriate. These are important documents that are developed to ensure consistency in access to treatments nationwide.

The following policies fall within the scope of this CRG:

Policy statements

Policy statements are brief documents that define the current commissioning position to support service contracting.

The following policy statements fall within the scope of this CRG: