Pioneering Support for Women's Health

United by a passion for supporting women’s health, Salus Women is a dynamic network of professional women aiming to raise funds and awareness for initiatives across the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Named after the Roman Goddess of Wellbeing and launched in 2016, Salus Women is part of the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals Charitable Funds and run by a dedicated committee.

The official launch took place at Somerville College on 8th March 2016 to coincide with International Women’s Day.

Hosted by Dame Fiona Caldicott, Chairman of the OUH NHS Trust, the dinner brought together women from across the county’s academic, business, medical and research spheres to raise funds for the Churchill Surgical Unit Appeal.

The evening included a fascinating speech by Dr Bernadette Lavery, who is a leading breast oncologist based in Oxford as well as the Clinical Director of Thames Valley Cancer Strategic Clinical Network. She talked about the motivations, excitements and challenges of helping and supporting patients through their medical journey.

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Dame Fiona welcomed the launch, saying: ‘It is a dynamic group with a clear determination to make a difference. The initial fundraising focus on the Churchill Surgical Unit is so important given it is an area within the Churchill Hospital that treats nearly all our cancer patients who require surgery. This includes many women having breast and gynaecological cancer surgery.’

This year Salus is focused on helping to refurbish the surgical unit at the Churchill Hospital, which cares for more than 8,000 NHS patients a year, the majority of whom are undergoing treatment for cancer.

We would like to thank all the committee and guests who helped to raise £10,000 on the evening and generated many ideas for future fundraising.

To find out more about Salus Women and the Churchill Surgical Unit Appeal, please contact Gail Williams on 01865 226211 or


The Salus Wellbeing Evening, which took place on Thursday 29th September 2016 at Oxford High raised an additional £4,000 for the Churchill Surgical Unit Appeal.

Check out the photos and read the write up from the evening here.