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Former NHSGGC doctor leaves legacy

March 20, 2014 9:37 AM

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A bursary fund has been set up in memory of a former NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) doctor who passed away in 2013.

Dr Alison Bigrigg, the former Director of the Sandyford was known as a trailblazer in the field of sexual health medicine.

Dr Bigrigg started her career with NHSGGC in 1994 when she modernised the family planning and reproductive health service and went on to develop integrated sexual and reproductive health services across NHSGGC.

She became the first NHSGGC lead clinician for sexual health and was also the first lead clinician for the West of Scotland Medical Clinical Network for sexual health.

A new bursary fund has been set up to commemorate her legacy - The Alison Bigrigg Legacy Education (ABLE) Bursary Fund  - which will support education and training for NHSGGC staff who are interested in developing their career or interest in sexual and reproductive health and wellbeing.

It has been set up following discussions with Alison’s husband, Dr James Browning, NHSGGC Endowments and Sandyford to continue Alison’s vision.

The new fund will allow any staff member to apply, including trainees and students on placement and will favour applicants who need financial support to develop their sexual health careers.

Dr Rosie Ilett, the Sandyford General Manager, said: “Alison made a significant contribution to sexual and reproductive health throughout her career.

“She was extremely committed to staff education and development and always keen to identify and encourage those likely to make a contribution to sexual and reproductive health.

“Alison nurtured talent and encouraged those with a desire to learn and contribute.”

Alison was heavily involved in the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology’s Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare, and was president of the Faculty for a number of years. She was the director of the Sandyford from 2000 until her early retirement in 2012. 

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