Bath Fertility Centre

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Meet the team

Profiles of the team, many of whom have been with us for over 20 years. Some are pioneers in fertility treatment and are often referred to by teams around the country for second opinions.

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Nick Sharp

Senior Medical Director

Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in Bath since 1989 when he started the Reproductive Medicine Clinic. He founded Bath Fertility Centre (formerly Bath Assisted Conception Clinic) in 1994. Nick undertook his training in IVF during a year's sabbatical, as honorary visiting consultant at the Reproductive Medicine Unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Adelaide, South Australia. In addition to acquiring the techniques of assisted reproduction, he was responsible for establishing the donor oocyte program in South Australia and the Northern Territory. Medical Director and Person Responsible since we opened, and has seen it grow from a small unit doing 50 cycles of IVF in the first year, to a clinic providing over 400 cycles of IVF and ICSI per year as well as many other types of treatment.
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David Walker

Medical Director

Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in Bath since 1996. He qualified in Birmingham in 1985, and obtained a Doctorate of Medicine from Warwick University during a two-year research post in Reproductive Medicine at Coventry. He has published many papers on embryo and blastocyst culture and established a service for men with obstructive azoospermia. He retains a keen interest in obstetrics, following through the successful outcomes of treatments. David is Clinical Director of Gynaecology at the Royal United Hospital and Chair of the Surgical Division.
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Kate Kerr

GP Specialist

GP with Special Interest in Sexual and Reproductive Health. She qualified from University College London in 1998 and initially worked as a GP for 10 years. She joined our unit in 2008. She has also done extra training in Psychosexual medicine. Kate also works at the Royal United Hospital in the Sexual Health Clinic.
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Helen Kendrew

Matron

Joined us 1997. Helen has been an inspector for the HFEA since 2003, and was Honorary Treasurer of the British Fertility Society for 5 years. She was a member of the independent expert group set up by the HFEA to advise on strategies to reduce multiple births, and remains on the Editorial Board of the One at a Time website. In June 2014 Helen was appointed Chair of the Paramedical Group for the European Society of Human Reproduction & Embryology. Helen leads a team of nurses that pride themselves on remaining friendly and approachable whilst providing a professional and efficient service.
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Clare Williams

Fertility Nurse Specialist

Has worked at the centre since 1996. She has a background in midwifery. Clare is responsible for co-ordinating the donor egg and donor embryo programmes.
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Helen Miller

Fertility Nurse Specialist

Joined us as a Fertility Nurse Specialist in 2005, leaving midwifery after more than 20 years. Her particular interests are early pregnancy and pre-conceptual care. Helen has been supported by the Centre to apply and be accepted onto the Royal College of Nursing Fertility Nurse Forum for a 4 year post . The members meet regularly at the RCN Headquarters, London. Amongst other tasks Helen assists in the planning of the annual RCN fertility Study Days, undertakes research , writes and prepares best practice/training guides for Fertility Nursing as a Nurse Specialist representatives on (amongst others) the HFEA, NHS England, Donor Network, Multiple Birth Strategy Group Meetings. Helen maintains her registration as a Midwife and acts as a link between the Specialities .
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Stephanie Gadd

Consultant Embryologist

Leads the embryology team and has worked at the centre since its inception in 1994. She trained in Southampton and completed her PhD in reproductive endocrinology there. Stephanie is one of the founder members of the Association of Clinical Embryologists (ACE) and sits on its Training Committee as an external assessor for trainee embryologists across the country. She is also an External Advisor for the HFEA and a Panel Member for the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC), the body which administers registration for practising embryologists in the UK. Stephanie is responsible for introducing innovative techniques into the laboratory. She is also in charge of quality management throughout the clinic.
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Sarah Bennett

Senior Embryologist

Joined the team in 2005 following the completion of her embryology training at Southampton, where she gained her ACE Certificate in Clinical Embryology. She graduated from the University of Southampton with an honours degree in biology. Sarah is a mentor for trainee embryologists, manages the ordering system and co-ordinates transport of frozen samples between clinics.
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Emma Napier

Embryologist

Emma Napier, Embryologist, joined our team in 2012. She graduated in 2008 from the University of Lincoln with a first class BSc degree in Biomedical Sciences, and spent four years as a Biomedical Scientist at Bristol's Southmead Hospital. Emma studied for the Association of Clinical Embryologists Certificate in Clinical Embryology and recently attained her registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a clinical scientist. Emma is currently one of the study coordinators for the Pipelle for Pregnancy (PIP) study.
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Hannah Williams

Embryologist

Hannah joined in 2016 having previously worked at the Centre for Reproductive Medicine, Coventry where she completed the Scientist Training Programme (STP) in Embryology. As part of her training she gained a distinction in her MSc degree in Clinical Sciences (Reproductive Medicine) from the University of Nottingham and attained her registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Hannah graduated from the University of Bath in 2011 with a first class BSc degree in Biochemistry. From 2017, Hannah will be Training Secretary on the Association of Clinical Embryologists (ACE) Executive Committee.
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Paula Bot

Fertility Nurse Specialist

Paula joined our team in early 2016. She has spent the last 13 years working within the field of Reproductive Medicine, abroad and across UK. She is passionate about fertility and is currently expanding her knowledge, undertaking the MSc Reproduction and Development at University of Bristol. Her expertise and dedication helps us deliver the highest standards of care.
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Helen Avent

Laboratory Technician

Joined us in 2009. She has a certificate in Diagnostic Semen Analysis from the Association of Biomedical Andrologists. Helen is also responsible for maintaining the vital laboratory equipment which helps maintain the optimum environment for embryo development.
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Julie Nethercott

Fertility Nurse Specialist

Came to us in 2003 with a background in gynaecology at Bath's Royal United Hospital. Julie's particular strength is supporting patients who have experienced miscarriage.
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Natalie Emmett

Business Manager

Natalie joined the team in 2012 as Practice Manager and managed the transfer of the service and build of our new centre following 19 years at the Royal United Hospital. Natalie is responsible for the general management and administration of the business as well as the HR, H&S, contracts and facilities. She brings with her a wide range of business skills to include Events management of the Commonwealth Championships, Quality Assessor for an Anglia Ruskin University qualifications, Commercial Directorship of an ecological consultancy and business owner.
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Gill Ford

Counsellor

Gill (BSc Psychology, UADip Couple Counselling, MBACP (Reg), MBICA ) is an experienced counsellor, working with Individual and Couple counselling, and specialising in Fertility Counselling and Psychosexual therapy. In addition to working at the Clinic, Gill works with Relate and also runs a Private Practice.
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Ruth Haynes

Finance Team

Ruth has over 20 years experience of NHS finance and works with our NHS Commissioners to secure an efficient and effective service. She will also work to ensure we achieve value for money in all our services.
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Hannah Long

Patient Advisor Team

Hannah is one of our friendly Patient Advisors. She has worked in customer service for the past five years, her role is to support and guide patients offering exceptional and compassionate customer care. She will ensure patients receive all the information and advice they need at the start and throughout treatment with us. Hannah is also the administrator for Access Fertility, a separate company who work closely with Bath Fertility to provide patients with IVF refund and money back plans.
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Jenny Cross

Patient Advisor Team

Jenny is part of our Patient Advisory team. As a first point of contact, she will help with any query you may have, no matter how big or small. With her background in healthcare and administration, she is compassionate and understanding, supporting many of our patients through their journey at every stage. Jenny also assists with the running of our open evenings.
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Isser Ahmed

Patient Advisor Team

Isser makes up part of our Patient Advisory team. She is responsible for dealing with enquiries and ensuring that patients are comfortable and confident with our service and all aspects of clinic admin are seamless and efficient. Isser has a background in customer service and assists with our marketing functions, including the running of our open evenings.
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Sarah Ashman

Finance Assistant

Sarah is our Finance Officer and manages the invoicing process for our self-funded, CCG and Access patients. She also oversees all supplier and patient queries and payments, bank reconciliations and payroll. With a background in accounting and customer service, Sarah helps our accounting and banking processes to run smoothly whilst also delivering high standards of customer care.
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Michele Henderson

Funding Co-ordinator

Michele joined the team in 2013. Having initially worked in administration in local and Scottish NHS General Practices, she then pursued a career in project management. She brings a wide mix of both public and private sector experience to the role of funding co-ordinator and is responsible for managing the NHS funding application process for our patients. She also works with the finance co-ordinator to support the Practice Manager in the efficient day to day running of the business administration team.
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Tracey Pond

Administrator

Tracey joined us in 2004 and is a highly experienced member of our business team with an extensive background in administration. She oversees the preparation and planning of the Reproductive Medicine clinics as well as providing secretarial support to our Medical Directors and the wider team.
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Sharon Tanner

Clinic Planning and Preparation

Sharon ensures that the wide varieties of clinical and patient needs are met. Sharon, having worked as a building surveyor is now enjoying the challenges of working within a healthcare setting.
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Sarah Smith

Administration Team

Sarah Smith is one of our most experienced Administrators with an extensive background in medical administration. Sarah ensures that the fertility and Reproductive Medicine clinic’s run smoothly, consultant notes are transcribed and communicated efficiently and provides an effective administrative service to teams across the clinic.
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Julie Bruford-Brown

Receptionist

With a career background in healthcare and expertise in reception front desk roles, Julie knows exactly how to make you feel welcome and at ease when you first walk into our clinic. As a Receptionist she’ll be one of the first people you meet and will help to organise your treatment appointments with our clinic team.
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Jo Eke

Communications Consultant

Jo brings expertise in marketing and communications and is passionate about great healthcare. She believes in transparency of information and is responsible for building the profile of the centre through accurate and effective communications.