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Dr Jayne Kavanagh
UCL Medical School
Royal Free Hospital
Tel: 0207 288 3389
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  • Associate Clinical Professor (Teaching) in Medical Education
  • UCL Medical School
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences

Between 1984 and 1990 I studied Medicine (MBChB) at Liverpool University. After my house jobs in Liverpool I moved to London where I worked in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Between 1991 and 1995 I set up sexual health programmes for the LGBTQ+ community, sex workers, and other under-served communities, including the Bernhard Clinic at Charing Cross Hospital, Open Doors at City and Hackney PCT and the Audre Lorde Clinic at the Royal London Hospital.

Between 1998 and 2002 I studied Politics, Philosophy and History(BA) at Birkbeck College, University of London, then went on to complete an MA in Philosophy in 2004 at the same institution.

I joined UCL Medical School in 2001 as a Professional Development tutor and in 2008 was appointed  academic lead for Medical Ethics and Law.  

In 2008 I set up the UCLMS’ widening participation project, Target Medicine with a final year medical student. 

In 2014 I won the Provost’s Public Engager of the Year award for ‘Stories from the soul: doctors’ choices, women’s lives’. A women’s sexual and reproductive health ethics project involving three evenings of storytelling, music and discussion that brought together healthcare providers with members of the public to explore how doctors’ decisions affect women’s lives.

I was a member of the UCL LGBT+ Equality Group from 2016 to 2021 and the UCL Gender Equality (50:50) Group in 2015. I was co-lead for UCL Medical School's successful 2013 Athena SWAN silver application - working for gender equality in science and medicine. 

In 2016 I co-deigned the Faculty of Sexual Healthcare's (FSRH) SRH Essentials course and sat on the FSRH Council between 2016 and 2018.

To mark the 50 year anniversary of the 1967 Abortion ACT in 2017 I co-directed and produced the documentaries, 'Kind to Women: how the 1967 Abortion Act changed our lives' and 'Not for nice women: contraception before and after 1967'. 

I  set up the UCL Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) committee in 2019 and have co-chaired it since then. I also lead the LGBTQ+ EDI subgroup. 

Between Sept 2020 and August 2022 I was seconded to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Making Abortion Safe Programme where I designed an eLearning package on clinical abortion care and Best Practice papers on Abortion Care, Post-abortion Care and Post-abortion Contraception.  

I am a specialty doctor in Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare and currently work in Homerton Abortion Care Service two days per week. 

I am co-chair of Doctors for Choice UK and co-director of the pro-choice charity, Abortion talk. 

Research Summary
  • Medical education on abortion
  • Abortion-related stigma
  • Medical education (ethics and law, widening participation, equality diversity and inclusion) 
  • Sexual and reproductive healthcare provision 
Teaching Summary

  • UCL Medical School (UCLMS) MBBS: Ethics and Law
  • UCLMS MBBS: Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • UCLMS MBBS: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion 
  • UCLMS SSC:Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights 
  • UCLMS iBSc: Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • UCl Institute for Women's Health MSC: Sexual and Reproductive Health

Academic Background
2005   Master of Arts University of London
2002   Bachelor of Arts Birkbeck College
1990   Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery University of Liverpool
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