Irish College of General Practitioners announces appointment of first-ever Clinical Lead in Women’s Health post in Irish general practice.

Clinical Lead will drive major expansion in training courses for General Practitioners in sexual and gynaecological health.

First-ever Community Gynaecology online training course a huge success with GPs.

(Embargo 1am 8th March 2022) The Irish College of General Practitioners, the professional and post-graduate training body for Irish general practice, has welcomed the appointment of its first-ever Clinical Lead in Women’s Health, Dr Ciara McCarthy.

Dr McCarthy, a Cork-based GP, with a specialist knowledge of women’s reproductive health, and a member of the ICGP’s Council, will lead the expansion of ICGP training programmes in women’s health for Irish GPs, in recognition of the demand and need for women’s health services at general practice level.

Dr McCarthy said “I am delighted to be taking up this post at a time of recognition of the need for more GP-led women’s health services. This Clinical Lead position will help deliver and expand on the life-course approach to women’s health in general practice, where the vast majority of advice and services for women at all stages in their health journey is available.”

Dr McCarthy’s appointment comes soon after the successful roll-out of the comprehensive new Certificate course in Community Gynaecology for GPs, which provides GPs with up-to-date training in a range of gynaecological presentations in general practice, with evidence-based learning on best practice, from contraception, sexual health, fertility, HRT and the menopause.

The ICGP’s Director of Women’s Health, Dr Nóirín O’Herlihy, said “We are very pleased with the success of the Community Gynaecology online course and its approach, which combines e-learning content with course attendance and live webinars. The appointment of the Clinical Lead in Women’s Health is positive evidence of the recognition of Women’s Health as an important discipline in general practice and will enable greater educational and support services to enhance women’s health services.

She added; “We welcome the commitment of the Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly TD, to enable this post to be developed.”


You can listen to an interview with Dr Nóirín O’Herlihy on the ICGP’s podcast, GP Works, to celebrate International Women’s Day 2022  here

Dr Ciara McCarthy, Clinical Lead, Women’s Health, Irish College of General Practitioners



ISSUED BY Aileen O’Meara, Communications Consultant, Irish College of General Practitioners. Tel. 01 2542984 / 087 2239830.


Twitter @ICGPnews