Dr Jane F Wilkinson (Clinical Director)

Having been an NHS General Practitioner (GP) for more than 20 years, Dr Wilkinson has developed a special interest in women’s health, contraception & sexual health.


She has worked within a variety of clinical settings, including:

  • General Practice
  • Community-based clinics
  • Working with young people providing contraception and sexual health advice
  • As a Speciality Doctor for the Integrated Contraception & Sexual Health clinic


She is also Wirral GP Champion for Sexual Health and has previously worked for West Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group as GP Clinical Lead for Maternity.


For many years, she has enjoyed talking to women about their health & wellbeing around the menopause and found working together with women at this key time in their lives, most rewarding.


A desire to be up-to-date with the advice she was giving prompted her several years ago to undertake the Special Skills Certificate in Menopause Care of the Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Health Care, of which she is now a Diplomate. She achieved both the Basic and Advanced level certificate in March 2015, the latter qualifying her to take formal referrals in this field.


In addition, she is a member of the British Menopause Society and was delighted to be elected to the Medical Advisory Council of the Society in 2015, serving a 3-year term. She is also a member of the International Menopause Society.


Dr Clare Merriman (Clinician)

Dr Clare Merriman has been caring for patients as a General Practitioner locally for the past 13 years and has also maintained specialist skills in women’s and sexual health throughout her career. She is very highly regarded by patients and colleagues alike as a hardworking, knowledgeable, compassionate and considerate member of the team.

She has worked within a variety of clinical settings, including:

  • General Practice and Urgent Care
  • Community-based clinics
  • As a Speciality Doctor for the Integrated Contraception & Sexual Health clinic

Dr Merriman completed a specialist qualification in Menopause Care in 2007 and is a Member of the British Menopause Society. She provides an enhanced level of women’s health care within her Practice and is delighted to be part of the Menopause Wellbeing team, giving her the opportunity to help women optimise their health during, and after, the menopause.


Dr Helen Canning (Clinician)

Throughout her ten years as a GP in Liverpool, Dr Helen Canning has provided additional services for women's health and contraception.  This includes previously working as part of the Primary Care gynaecology service.  As a member of the British Menopause Society, she has undertaken further training via the Special Skills modules in Menopause Care. 


In her current role, Dr Canning is the lead GP tutor for the medical students at her practice and is committed to providing a high level of training and enjoys focusing on women's health issues in her teaching.  She has also delivered teaching to medical students on menopause through Liverpool University’s student Obstetrics and Gynaecology Society.  She aims to inspire the next generation of doctors to provide great menopause care.


Dr Canning is passionate about being part of the team at Menopause Wellbeing, working with women at this important stage in their lives, not only to optimise hormonal therapies but also to think holistically about the menopause and improve their health for the future. 


Dr Deborah Stanaway (Clinician)

Dr Deborah Stanaway is a GP with 20 years experience working in a large local Practice. She is the joint lead for women's health providing sexual health and contraceptive care to women in all of life’s stages. She is also the lead GP for heart disease and the joint lead for diabetes care, is highly motivated and conscientious with an eye for detail and is respected and well-liked by her patients and colleagues


As a member of the British Menopause Society, Dr Stanaway has successfully achieved the Special Skills certificate in Menopause Care. In addition, she has an interest in the ways that lifestyle choices can impact on people's health and state of mind.


Dr Stanaway is delighted to be part of the Menopause Wellbeing team providing support and advice for women to help them enjoy happy, healthy lives. In her spare time she is a keen mountain walker, runner, swimmer and cyclist. 


Paula Williams (Practice Manager and Research Specialist)

Paula Williams is an information management and research specialist with over 20 years’ experience. She has worked both in the NHS and private medicine, in addition to academic, business and legal settings.


Paula has a Master’s Degree in Information Management and is a chartered member of CILIP (the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals). She has provided research support for regional NHS documentation and policy making; NICE (the National Centre for Clinical Excellence); and various medical publications. She has also published guidance on indexing in conjunction with The British Library and the Society of Indexers.


Paula believes strongly in evidence-based working and the importance of research and information analysis in healthcare provision and policy. She is passionate about applying knowledge and evidence to the improvement of women’s health and wellbeing.