Dr. Richard Foon

Dr. Richard Foon

Dr. Richard Foon

I have a strong clinical background and training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and the Subspecialty of Urogynaecology. I am currently working as a Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Princess Royal Hospital with a special interest in Urogynaecology. I am also the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologist Tutor for the unit, the lead facilitator for the PROMPT Instructor (Practical Obstetrics Multi-Professional Training) as well as the lead for the Urogynaecology department.


Teaching Career (Trinidad & Tobago)

  • December 1985 – March 1986 Chaguanas Senior Comprehensive School Mathematics Teacher
  • April 1986 – July 1986 Pleasantville Senior Comprehensive School Mathematics Teacher


Current Post
April 2012 – Present
Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology with a special interest in Urogynaecology Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, UK

My duties include:

  • Educational supervisor of a Specialty trainees (ST2 level)
  • Advanced Training Skills Modules Educational supervisor (ST6 level)
  • Clinical supervisor for foundation year trainees
  • Mentoring a Specialty doctor
  • Lead PROMPT (Practical Obstetrics Multi-Professional Training) Trainer
  • Lead for Urogynaecology
  • Basic laparoscopy course trainer
  • ROBUST course trainer
  • RCOG College Tutor
  • Performing complex pelvic floor / incontinence and prolapse procedures
  • Consultant duties in Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Training posts in the UK

  • March 2009 – March 2012
    Consultants – Prof R. Freeman/ Prof P. Abrams/ Mr. P. Smith
    Fellowship in Urogynaecology Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, UK
    & Southmead Hospital, Bristol, UK
  • March 2008 – March 2009
    Consultant – Sarah Reynolds – Bedford Hospital
    Specialty trainee – Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • March 2006 – March 2008
    Consultant – Mr. P. Toozs-Hobson – Birmingham Women’s hospital
    Research Fellow in Urogynaecology
  • March 2004 – March 2006 (non training post)
    Consultant – Mr. Paul Moran – Worcestershire Royal hospital
    Staff Grade in Obstetrics and Gynaecology with a special interest in Urogynaecology
  • March 2003 – March 2004
    Consultant – Mr. Paul Moran – Worcestershire Royal hospital
    Specialist Registrar in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • March 2002 -2003
    Consultant – Mr. J Uhaira – Alexandra hospital Redditch
    Specialist Registrar in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • March 2001 – 2002
    Consultant – Mr. Dwarika – City Hospital Birmingham
    Specialist Registrar in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • March 2000 – March 2001
    Consultant – Mr. Watts – Worcestershire Royal Hospital
    Specialist Registrar in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • February 1999 – March 2000
    Consultant – Prof Kilby – Birmingham Women’s hospital
    Senior House Officer – Birmingham Women’s hospital

Membership of Learned Societies

  1. Member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologist
  2. International Continence Society
  3. International Urogynaecological Association
  4. British Medical Association
  5. British Society of Urogynaecologists (member of the audit committee)
  6. Medical Protection Society

Teaching Experience

  • Started my professional career as a Secondary School teacher – instilled a passion and commitment to education.
  • Lead PROMPT instructor at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital – instrumental in bringing the course to the North West Midlands
  • Instrumental in bringing the PROMPT course to Trinidad and Tobago in November 2010
  • Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (A.L.S.O) instructor – received training in diverse teaching methods
  • Conducted an Educational Workshop at the International Urogynaecological Association meeting – Como Italy, and the International Continence
  • Society San Francisco, USA – awareness of varied teaching style when dealing with experienced doctors
  • Lecturer on Urodynamics course at the Bristol Urological Institute – updating of personal skills
  • ROBUST course trainer
  • Trainer on the basic laparoscopy course

Management and Administration

  • Lead instructor for PROMPT – Developed a successful business case in securing a grant for simulation training equipment. Teamwork and organization skill in running 4 very successful courses for trainees in the region
  • Educational Supervisor – Management of trainee in difficulty and RCOG assessment tools
  • Clinical Supervisor – Completion of Professional development portfolio
  • ATSM Educational Supervisor in Urogynaecology – Setting up and delivering a teaching program for the trainee
  • Urogynaecology Lead, Royal Shrewsbury Hospital – Formulation of guidelines and organization of a multidisciplinary team meeting
  • Mentoring a Specialty doctor – Managing a doctor in difficulty
  • College Tutor – organizing the training program for the junior doctors in the unit


  • Foon R, Toozs-Hobson P, Latthe P. Prophylactic antibiotics to reduce the risk of urinary tract infections after urodynamic studies. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2012 Oct 17; 10
  • Foon R, Agur W, Alianu K, White P, Smith P. Traction on the cervix in theatre before anterior repair: does it tell us when to perform a concomitant hysterectomy? European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Reproductive Biology
  • Foon R, Toozs-Hobson P, Cooper G. Anaesthesia for Incontinence surgery. Spinal anaesthesia or Sedation? – J Obstet Gynaecol 2010; 30(6): 605-8
  • Foon R, Toozs-Hobson P, Millns P, Kilby M. The impact of anaesthesia and mode of delivery on the urinary bladder in the postdelivery period. Int J Gynaecol Obstet 2010 Aug; 110(2): 114 -7.
  • Foon R, Drake M. The overactive bladder. Therapeutic Advances in Urology. May 2010.
  • Foon R, Smith PA. The effectiveness and complications of graft materials used in vaginal prolapse surgery. Curr opin in Obstet and Gynecol. Oct; 21(5): 424 –7
  • Foon R, Smith PA. Surgical repair in vaginal wall surgery. MIMS Women’s Health Volume 5, number 4, 2010.
  • Foon R, Toozs-Hobson P, Latthe P., 2008. Adjuvant materials in anterior vaginal wall prolapse surgery: a systematic review of effectiveness and complications. Int Urogynecol J Pelvic Dysfunction 2008 Dec; 19(12): 1697 – 706
  • Foon R, Toozs-Hobson P.2007. Detrusor Overactivity. Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Reproductive medicine 17:9 255-261
  • Foon R, Elbiss H, Moran P: Cystoscopy for Gynaecologist: The Obstetrician and Gynaecologist 2006:8:78-85
  • Foon R, Rampaul M , Goetz L Urogenital fistulae after Gynaecological surgery at the San Fernando General Hospital . Caribbean Medical Journal suppl 1998.
  • Moran P, Foon R, Assassa P: The BSUG national database: concept, design implementation and beyond: The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist: Volume 15, Issue 2, pages 120–127, April 2013
  • Agur W, Foon R, Trochez R; Smith P: Does pre-operative traction on the cervix approximate intra-operative uterine prolapse? Int Urogynecol J. 2012 Dec; 23(12):1811-2; author reply 1813-4
  • Latthe P, Singh P, Foon R, Toozs-Hobson P. Two routes of transobturator tape procedures in stress urinary incontinence: a meta-analysis with direct and indirect comparison of randomized trials. BJU Int 2010 Jul; 106(1): 68-76
  • Latthe P, Foon R, Khan K., Nonsurgical treatment of stress urinary incontinence (SUI): grading of evidence in systematic reviews. BJOG 2008. 115(4), 435-44.
  • Latthe P, Foon R, and Toozs-Hobson P. Prophylactic antibiotics in Urodynamics: a systematic review of effectiveness and safety. Neurourol Urodyn 2008. 27(3), 167-73.
  • Latthe P, Foon R, and Toozs-Hobson P: Transobturator and retro pubic tape procedures in stress urinary incontinence: a systematic review and meta-analysis of effectiveness and complications. BJOG 2007; 114:522-531
  • Clark J, Khan K, Foon R, Pattison H, Bryan S, Gupta JK: Quality of life studies of menorrhagia: a systematic review. Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biology 2002 Sept10: 104(2): 96-104
  • Moores KL, Wood MG, Foon R .A rare obstetric emergency: acute uterine torsion in a 32-week pregnancy. BMJ Case Rep. 2014 Apr 11;2014

Chapter in books

  • Anterior repair – Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (editor – Vivian Sung, Rebecca Rogers and Ranee Thakar) Oct 2013.
  • SBAs for MRCOG part 2 (Currently in the process of being published)

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