BSUG Actions following the Recommendations of the IMMDS Review

Following the publication of the IMMDS Report on the 8th July, the British Society of Urogynaecology have had an opportunity to deliberate and take steps to address the recommendations. There are obviously some recommendations that are out with our remit but we would like share what we are doing. We wish to make this an open and transparent process and ensure patients and public bodies have access to any actions taken. By doing so we hope to demonstrate our commitment to ensuring that all recommendations are met in a timely manner to the satisfaction of patients who have suffered harm from the use of mesh. Download further information here

BSUG apology in response to the Report of Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review 

Dr Swati Jha, Chair of BSUG, said:

“BSUG wishes to offer its heartfelt regret and apologise for the considerable harm women have experienced from the use of mesh for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence. We know this has had a profound effect on women’s physical health and mental wellbeing.

On behalf of the profession, we are sorry women were not listened to and wish to work with women to address their concerns.

We are reflecting on how our organisation can work closely with women to repair lost trust and ensure that we make the right changes to protect all of our patients in the future. We will be taking forward the recommendations made in the report.

The aims of BSUG is to encourage the study and management of female pelvic floor dysfunction, urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and faecal incontinence. We will continue to offer training , education and research that enhances the care of women.”


The 2021 Clinical Excellence Awards round opened on Monday 7th December 2020 and will close at 5pm on Thursday 18 March 2021.

The BSUG is a specialist society recognised by the ACCEA and can provide citations in support of applicants applying for a national clinical excellence award in England. We have been informed by ACCEA that national nominating bodies (such as RCOG and some specialist societies) will NOT be able to support renewal applications for any award category. National nominating bodies are only able to support new applications with citations for the 2021 round.

Please submit your completed CEA application form, BSUG contribution form (attached) and GMC number to the BSUG Secretariat at by 9am Monday 25th January 2021. Late applications will not be considered and it is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure the forms have been received by the BSUG by this deadline.

This would give enough time for the BSUG ACCEA committee to meet and discuss applications, arrange and submit citations before the close of ACCEA online submissions.

ACCEA website. BSUG Contribution form download here (Word doc).

England Mesh Complication Centres Announced

NHS England and NHS Improvement are responsible for commissioning specialised services for women with complications of mesh inserted for urinary incontinence and vaginal prolapse. Following the initial public consultation of the new service specification in 2018, we have undertaken a provider selection exercise and can now share which hospitals will be leading the multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) providing this specialist service.


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The Pelvic Floor Society Virtual Conference

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UKCS 2021 call for abstracts

Over the past few months the UKCS 2021 hosts and organisers have repeatedly assessed the situation as regards mass gatherings in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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IUGA International Symposium on A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Prevention and Management of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

It is my pleasure to invite you to our first virtual IUGA International Symposium - 'A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Prevention and Management of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction’ on March 13 and 14, 2021.

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We aim to set and raise standards in urogynaecology by providing guidelines, training, research and clinical meetings for our members.

We encourage the study and management of female pelvic floor dysfunction, urinary incontinence, Vaginal prolapse and faecal incontinence.

We want to provide a united forum for practitioners with an interest in Urogynaecology throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland.

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