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Marie Stopes UK welcomes new Medical Director

5 February 2020 Press release

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    Marie Stopes UK welcomes new Medical Director

    London, 5th February 2020: Marie Stopes UK, one of the UK’s leading providers of safe abortion, is delighted to welcome Dr Jonathan Lord as its new Medical Director.

    Consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro since 2004, Jonathan has not only delivered abortion care for most of his career, he has also helped shape national policy.

    As co-chair of the British Society of Abortion Care Providers (BSACP), he supported the training and implementation of abortion care in the Republic of Ireland and been a mentor for several Irish GPs as they established their service. He served as the NHS clinician representative on the NICE abortion care guidelines, while as co-chair of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) Abortion Taskforce, he is now working with key decision makers to implement them.

    Jonathan Lord in Belfast (2020)

    At the end of 2018, alongside Marie Stopes UK’s former medical director Imogen Stephens, he also led the development of a new national guideline on the home use of misoprostol, enabling providers to implement best practice and reassuring government that the process would be safe.

    It is clear that Jonathan is committed to delivering the highest quality reproductive healthcare and says that he was drawn to Marie Stopes UK after witnessing first-hand the enthusiasm, passion, commitment and shared values in delivering excellence.

    He said: “Many small things stood out – from the real-time data available to managers, to the newly appointed nurse who described how she had immediately felt valued in a caring community, to the dedication in providing a bespoke care package that best suited one woman – small examples but all demonstrating what quality means.”

    Richard Bentley, Marie Stopes UK’s Managing Director said: “Jonathan brings a wealth of expertise and knowledge and it is a privilege to welcome him as he takes on this important role at a very exciting time both for the organisation and the sector.

    “Quality is at the heart of our strategy and with Jonathan leading our medical teams, Marie Stopes UK will be ideally placed to become the provider of choice for everyone who needs our services.”

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