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.   The nursing team are led by our highly experienced Lead Fertility Nurse, Jodie Parry.

 

Unit Nurse Managers

Nicola Hendry

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.

 

Joanne Jones

I have been a nurse for 30 years with my career focused on women’s health.

My nursing Career started in singleton hospital; working as a gynaecology nurse, on a busy acute gynaecology ward.  I progressed to working in the early pregnancy assessment unit, colposcopy and Fertility clinics. I completed BSc (Hons) in 2000 with my dissertation based on grief and pregnancy loss. Throughout my career in women’s health and had a keen interest and passion for fertility. In 2006 I commenced a fertility nurse specialist role at Singleton Hospital. I was part of the team involved in the development SWARU at singleton hospital, which became a well-established nurse led IUI unit.

I am currently the ward manager/Senior Sister at WFI, this journey began with the opening of the unit in 2013. My current role involves leading the enthusiastic nursing team and providing a high standard of holistic, evidence based care for our patients. I am qualified in follicle tracking ultra sound, treatment planning, and providing a range of treatments for our patients, giving support and commitment to their treatment pathway. I love my role and choice of career pathway and enjoy being part of the patient’s journey; it is rewarding to build a relationship with our patients and be part of such a personal aspect of their lives.

WFI nursing team are committed and enthusiastic and strive to embark on all challenges ahead with positivity always putting the patients first.

 

Deputy Unit Nurse Manager’s

Beth Harding

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. 

 

Samantha Robinson

I qualified as a nurse in 2007 and embarked on my nursing career on an acute respiratory ward for Hywel Dda Health Board.  After a few years working as a general nurse, I was successful in obtaining a place as a student midwife and, on qualifying, I took up a post at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff as a Labour Ward Midwife.  I thought then that I had found my vocation until an opportunity arose for me to join the Wales Fertility Institute in Neath Port Talbot Hospital in 2013 and I have not looked back since!

It is an absolute privilege to be looking after our patients and their families throughout their fertility journey with us and I am passionate that we, as nurses, continually develop our knowledge and skills in order to provide the best possible care to all those that access our service. 

WFI supports the development of all members of the disciplinary team and two years ago I qualified at Masters level to carry out the early pregnancy scans for our patients.  I am now looking to complete a Master’s degree in Enhanced Professional Practice and look forward to sharing newly acquired knowledge and skills with my colleagues in order to continually improve our service.

It has been a pleasure to see our unit develop over the last 7 years and I look forward to being an integral part of future developments for the benefit of our patients and their families.

 

Fertility Nurse Specialist

Tracey Nicholas

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.

 

Fertility Nurses

Katie West

I qualified as a nurse in 2014 with a first class honours from the University of South Wales. I am a fluent Welsh Speaker. As a newly qualified nurse, I started my career on a busy gynaecology ward, caring for a range of medical and surgical patients. I moved to WFI in 2018 to specialise in the field of fertility nursing. I am WFI’s oncology link Nurse and thoroughly enjoy every aspect of fertility nursing.

 

Sian Greenslade

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.

 

Kate Hall

My name is Kate Hall I am 36 and have been qualified now for nearly 15 years. I have an extensive background in Women’s Health having worked in Gynaecology for many years and have been at the Wales Fertility Institute since August 2016. I am based in UHW but often work in our NPTH Clinic. My face will become quite familiar as I regularly scan patients in both clinics as well as assisting in theatre and recovery. I consider myself professional, cheerful and approachable. My aim is to ensure patients have a warm and calm experience during their fertility journey with us.

 

Rhian Watts

I am a staff nurse with 16 years of experience.  I qualified in 2004 in the University Hospital of Wales (UHW) Cardiff. Women’s health was an interest during my training so I worked on the gynaecology ward for the first year of my nursing career where I cared for patients with many complex needs, e.g. post operatively, ectopic pregnancies, miscarriages and emergency gynaecology intakes.

I worked for the next 12 years on Ward 20 Singleton Hospital (Gynaecology). This was an extremely fast paced ward where I gained a great deal of experience.  During my time there I worked between the ward, gynaecology outpatients, gynaecology day surgery, colposcopy and the pregnancy advisory service. During this time, I also undertook a Sexual Health module at University South Wales which was extremely interesting and informative.

Currently I have worked in Wales fertility Institute since February 2017. I am the Aseptic non touch technique (ANTT) assessor and hand washing assessor which involves teaching, assessing and auditing on a regular basis. Infection control is therefore of a special interest to me.  Fertility is an interesting field and extremely specialised.  Caring for couples and providing support and guidance through their IVF journey is especially rewarding. As fertility nurses we build a strong relationship with our patients and go through the ups and downs with them. Unlike many areas of nursing where patient contact is often brief, fertility is very personal and couples gain trust and rapport with us. I would like to think that we make peoples fertility journey a more positive experience through the support we provide.

 

Elizabeth Meech

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.

 

Alexandra Parker Graves

As a fresh faced, newly qualified nurse in 2015 I was given my "big break" by the Neurosurgical department at the University Hospital of Wales and spent six hectic months putting what I had learned during my degree into practice.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time with my Neuro family but when an opportunity came up to delve into the world of Assisted Conception I found I just couldn't resist.

I have worked for the Wales Fertility Institute ever since and my career has allowed me to explore the fertility multiverse, however my adventure is far from over.

I am looking forward to expanding my skills further to enable me to provide a more enriching experience for those embarking on this fascinating and life changing journey.

 

Health Care Support Workers

Kate Barton

I have been a HCSW for over 6 years, working in various health care settings. My first post was on a gastroenterology ward in Morriston hospital and following there I worked in Ty Olwen hospice. As I wanted to further my experience in other departments I joined the nurse bank, which gave me the opportunity to work throughout Singleton, Morriston and Neath port Talbot hospital, doing this expanded my knowledge, skills and confidence. I became a member of the WFI team in 2017 and I enjoy every aspect within my role. Since joining the team I have become phlebotomy trained, fire warden, PPE trainer and a FIT mask trainer. l consider myself to be friendly and have a positive outlook, I look forward to welcoming current and new patents to WFI.

 

Danielle Harris

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.

 

June Parfitt

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.

 

Emma Cooper  

I have worked at WFI for 2 years as a HCSW assisting the nursing team in various roles within the unit. I am the learning disability champion for the unit which I am proud to be a part of. Before joining the WFI team I worked in the private sector and gained a vast amount of experience in different nursing roles. When I joined the trust I worked on elective surgery and trauma and orthopaedics before gaining my current role. I feel very privilege to be able to work in the fertility field and to see patients throughout their fertility journey giving my care, support and guidance wherever possible.