How did you begin your career in IVF?
After training in Italy, London and Manchester I was appointed as a consultant in the IVF Unit at St Mary’s Hospital in Manchester, where I was responsible for all aspects of reproductive medicine and surgery as part of a team of IVF specialists.
What are your main day to day responsibilities at Reproductive Health Group?
As Clinical Director of our clinic in Daresbury, Cheshire, I have overall responsibility for our patients IVF journeys – from their initial consultation and diagnosis, deciding on the most appropriate course of treatment, devising their treatment protocols in conjunction with my colleagues in our embryology and nursing teams, seeing the patients in my clinic and performing egg collections and embryo transfers. As an experienced reproductive surgeon I also carry out surgical procedures during my theatre sessions, including laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgery, which can be done as day cases in our on-site theatre here at the Centre for Reproductive Health. I am also the nominated HFEA Person Responsible for the clinic, which means I am responsible for overseeing all our licensed activities in the fields of IVF and assisted conception.
What aspect of your role is the most rewarding?
The feedback that we regularly get from our IVF patients is the most rewarding aspect by far. When we receive cards and letters with comments such as ‘I can finally say I’m a mum, it’s the best feeling in the world’, ‘Thank you for helping us achieve our dream’, these comments are not just aimed at me but at our whole team who have worked together to help our patients get to this point. Being a part of that team is also very rewarding.
What has been your proudest moment at Reproductive Health Group?
The opening of the Centre for Reproductive Health, as the first integrated fertility hospital in the UK, was a very proud time for all of us here at Reproductive Health Group. The birth nine months later of our first baby born after IVF treatment ‘all under one roof’ at the Centre was also a very special moment.