WFI employ a multi-disciplinary nursing team which consists of highly skilled and experienced nurses. Our dedicated nursing team are friendly, caring and strive to provide the highest quality of care to patients not only to maximise their chances of a successful outcome but to also support their entire treatment journey.
Unit Nurse Managers
Working in Women and Sexual Health has presented personal opportunities as a registered nurse over the past 30 years to become involved with patients experiencing delays in conceiving. In 2009 I progressed to a Specialist Fertility Nurse within the general Fertility Clinic and undertook a Degree in Enhanced Professional Practice. I was very fortunate to be involved from the start of developing the IVF centre at Neath Port Talbot Hospital which opened in 2013, with valuable experience for a year as a satellite clinic for BCRM prior to opening. I have been the Unit Sister in our Cardiff unit since 2018 and coordinate the nurse team along with caring for patients throughout their journey, but focussed on ultra sound scanning and service improvement. Being a member of SING and having worked with Fertility Network is invaluable in developing our service. I thoroughly enjoy being part of our exceptional nurse team and wider WFI service.
Deputy Unit Nurse Manager’s
I gained a BA (hons) in adult nursing from the University of Sheffield Hallam in 2013. My first role after qualifying was in urology outpatients, where I looked after a range of complex cases and oncology patients. Having a keen interest in fertility nursing came from having close family members going through the IVF journey, this pushed me to return to Wales and take a role within the field of fertility. After working within the unit for 5 years, I progressed to the role of Deputy Sister at the Cardiff site. I have completed the British Fertility Society course in ultrasound scanning, and can undertake follicular tracking for patients during their treatment cycles. I also play an active part in the donor sperm service assisting with donor co-ordination.
My Nursing career started in Singleton Hospital, working within the Women and Child Directorate as a gynaecology nurse, following my nurse training at Swansea University in 2003.
I am currently part of the Nursing Team at WFI as an IVF Specialist Nurse. I have been part of the Nursing team at WFI since 2013 and am passionate about providing good, evidence based care to our patients. My fertility nursing journey started whilst working at SWARU, Singleton Hospital, which was a nurse led IUI unit, where I developed a passion for fertility services. My current role includes being a donor sperm co-ordinator, assisting patients in choosing a sperm donor for their treatment. I am qualified in follicular tracking scanning and am excited about embarking on a diagnostic pelvic ultrasound scanning course early next year. I feel privileged as a Fertility Nurse to be a part of each patient’s journey, providing support throughout their treatment and beyond
I believe that the Nursing Team at WFI has lots of exciting challenges ahead and am looking forward to being a part of an inspirational, empowered nursing team.
I qualified as a nurse in 2017 from the University of South Wales. My first role as a qualified nurse was within an acute emergency surgical ward gaining a lot of valuable experience in multiple specialities. I moved to WFI in 2018 to further my interest in Woman’s health. I am the Lead Donor Sperm Co-ordinator for Cardiff having a key role in assisting patient through their donor sperm journey. I work full-time based within the Cardiff clinic but also work cross-site in Neath and Port Talbot.
After training and working in King’s College Hospital, London in the last century I moved to Wales where I worked in the University Hospital of Wales in various roles within the Haematology department, this lead to a position at the Welsh Blood Service where I stayed for many years before taking early retirement. However, I felt that I still wanted to work as a nurse. So I joined Swansea Bay University Health Board as a Research Nurse with Wales Cancer Bank. Then in September 2019 I had an opportunity to move to Wales Fertility Institute. Although I have had little previous experience in this field I am thoroughly enjoying the varied work of the unit and the challenges that is has offered to me. It is a pleasure to help this group of patients and to work with such fabulous colleagues.
Health Care Support Workers
I have been a HCSW for over 14 years, working in various health care settings from general medicine, surgical, community and emergency care. I have always wanted to work in health care and can’t ever see myself doing anything else. After working in many different areas I wanted to find a role that was more specialised so I could learn and further develop my skills. After seeing a post for fertility there was something that made me apply for it, at the time I didn’t know much about fertility but I had a close friend and family member that had been through treatment. I am 1 year into the role and it was the best decision I made. As a health care support worker my role is to assist the registered nurses and clinicians in clinic and theatre along with administration duties. I take pride in my work and want our patients to have a positive experience and I hope I provide that. I love the work we do and the patients we get to help and hopefully will get to continue for a long time.
I have worked in fertility for 26 years as a health care support worker. I have always enjoyed working within the unit to aid and support both staff and patients in the role I do. I did my training on labour ward, theatre, maternity and gynaecology and undertook a training certificate at UWIC in supervisory management. I like teaching and as part of my role I have shared my skills and knowledge and taught surgical scrubbing technique to many fertility nurses over the years to a high standard. I am qualified at NVQ level 2 in patient care and venepuncture.