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Medical Team

Consultant and Clinical Lead - Dr Susie Jacob

Dr Susie Jacob is a Consultant Gynaecologist and sub-specialist in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery. She is a Yorkshire trained consultant following graduation from Newcastle University in 2004. She has undertaken research years and sub-speciality training at Leeds Fertility and has developed a special interest in ovulatory disorders, male factor infertility and paediatric and adolescent gynaecology. She is passionate about providing compassionate, high quality care for all fertility journeys.

Consultant - Mr Laxmi Chaudhari

 

Mr Chaudhari underwent training in Obstetrics & Gynaecology up to Consultant level in India. His specialist skills are ultrasound scanning, general gynaecology, and infertility. After working for two years in South London he joined the unit in 2011 and now works as a Consultant specialising in fertility. He also continues to practice obstetrics and gynaecology and has a weekly theatre list here at Calderdale.

 

Consultant - Dr Sumita Bhuiya

 

Sumita qualified as a doctor in India and continued her post graduate training in Yorkshire. She conducted research in infertility receiving a MD from the University of Leeds. She commenced as a full time consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology at Airedale hospital from 2010. She is committed to providing high quality care and has a specialist interest in fertility.

Consultant - Mr Soumendra Nallapeta

Mr Nallapeta has joined the medical team to support the clinic on a Wednesday.  He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in fertility, reproductive endocrinology and hormonal function in reproduction.  He currently runs the Infertility and reproductive endocrinology clinic at Airedale NHS Trust.

Consultant Urologist - Karol Rogawski

 

Karol qualified in Poland at Pomeranian Medical Academy in Szczecin in 1980. His entire post graduate training was undertaken at Johannesburg Teaching Hospitals (1984-1991) and then in Leeds Teaching Hospitals (1992-1994). He worked from 1994-1995 in Hull, after which  he undertook his first consultant's post in Calderdale, at the Royal Halifax Infirmary (1995). Since 1998 he has been a trainer in Urology across the West Yorkshire region to which 20 consultant Urologists still continue to practice. 

He has been participating in running the joint Male Fertility Clinic at Yorkshire Fertility since 1997.

 

Nursing Team

Clinical Lead Nurse - Helen Marvell

 

Helen qualified as nurse in 1997 at Bradford University and has worked for Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Trust since then. Before working in Assisted Conception she worked in women's health on the gynaecology ward and early pregnancy unit. Helen is the Clinical Lead Nurse for the team. Her responsibilities are the daily running and organisation of the service. She is presently studying for her Advanced Practitioner status and has recently completed her Nurse Prescribers course.

Fertility Nurse - Emma Clayton

 

Emma qualified as a registered nurse in 2007 with a Dip H E in adult nursing and worked on a general surgical ward at Dewsbury Hospital.  In 2008 she went to work at St James Hospital, Leeds to work on surgical high dependency and intensive care, to persue her career in critical care. In 2009 she completed her degree in acute illness. She then went on in 2010 to commence her midwifery training. Upon completion of her degree in 2012 she practiced as a midwife at St James for 2 years where she developed an interest in couples who had been through fertility treatments. In 2014 she returned to nursing in critical care at Dewsbury.

 

Emma has joined the team to pursue a career in fertility and is keen on developing new skills and knowledge in this field to become a  fertility nurse specialist. She will undergo the infertility in practice module and scanning course in the near future.

Fertility Nurse Specialist - Gemma Abbott

 

Gemma came from a career in A&E here at Calderdale.  She has undergone her fertility module at Edge Hill University along side her fertility scanning course.  Gemma is now a fertility nurse specialist.  She is also our egg donation coordinator and runs the programme for egg donation treatment.

Fertility Nurse Specialist - Michelle Berry

 

Michelle qualified in 2004 at Huddersfield University following which she worked in A&E at Calderdale. She then went on to spend 9 years as a Practice Nurse where she developed a special interest in women's health including contraception and sexual health. After the premature birth of her daughter in 2012 Michelle became a volunteer for the charity BLISS, supporting families who spend time on the Special Care Baby Unit, where she provides a close link to the neonatal unit in Calderdale.

After completing  the infertility in practice module and scanning course Michelle has continued to grow and gain experience to become a senior member of the nursing team.

Fertility Nurse Specialist - Danielle Collier

 

Danielle joined our team in 2018 from a previous nursing background.  Danielle has completed her infertility in practice and scanning module and is now gaining more experience in ultrasound scanning in clinic.

 

Fertility Nurse - Nadya Radio

 

Nadya has joined the team from Gynaecology where she worked as a staff nurse.  She will undergo training within the clinical team with a view to becoming a qualified fertility nurse.  Nadya has recently taken on the position of Safeguarding Lead within the department.

Fertility Nurse Specialist - Susie Best

 

Susie qualified as a registered nurse from Bradford in 1996. After working on various wards in 1999 she began to work as a staff nurse in the gynaecology outpatient department at Calderdale. In 2005 Susie went to Leeds University to complete the Fertility course module and soon after secured a post here at Yorkshire Fertility.  She completed her specialised scan training at LGI and has remained on the unit since then. Susie further  completed the updated pelvic ultrasound course in 2017 from Edge Hill University.  Susie is also the Sperm Donation Lead within the department.

Fertility Midwife - Clare Briggs

Clare qualified as a midwife in 2018 at Huddersfield University and initially worked at Pennine Acute Trust before moving to CHFT, providing antenatal, labour and postnatal care over the last 3 years. She developed an interest in fertility as a student after spending a day on placement with Yorkshire Fertility, which has continued through her support and care as a registered midwife of women and their partners who have had fertility treatment.  She has joined the team to pursue a career in fertility where she will undergo specialist training and mentoring within the service.

Fertility Nurse - Beth Collins

Beth qualified as a nurse from The University of Huddersfield in 2019, since then has worked within an Acute Cardiology Unit at Calderdale Royal. Beth has always had an interest in Women’s Health and Fertility since being a Student Nurse and has joined the team where she will undergo clinical training to become a Fertility Nurse Specialist

Healthcare Assistant - Naomi Wike

Support Staff

Business Administrator - Susan McCabe

 

Sue started working in a Solicitors as a Legal Secretary / PA. She then changed jobs and went to work for a Licensed Conveyancer and underwent training for this. Due to being made redundant Sue joined the Trust and began work as Secretary covering sickness and annual leave.  Sue soon became Secretary for the Children Womens and Family Division here at Calderdale. In 2012 Sue was asked to cover maternity leave for Business Manager at Yorkshire Fertility and has been here ever since. She is responsible for the running of the Clerical Team and the financial side of the unit. She also organises various events and is in charge of diary planning.

Administration Assistant - Claire Johnstone

 

Claire attended Greenhead College and achieved 2 A Levels before returning back to college and completing a Level 3 course in dog grooming for 2 years.  Claire joined Yorkshire Fertility as an admin apprentice whilst she completed her NVQ in Business Administration with Kirklees College.  Claire is now a full time member of our administration team and works in all areas of admin and reception.

 

 

Amy Tomlinson - Receptionist

 

Amy started out with an NVQ level 3 in Retail Operations.  She then changed her career towards administratio and has previously managed a manufacturing and installation company in Halifax for 11 years.  Following redundancy Amy took up a new opportunity with the NHS and began her role at Yorkshire Fertility.  She loves to go walking with her Cavalier King Charles in the countryside, spending time with her family and visiting Scotland where she also has family.

Sue Ellis - Receptionist

Sue moved from Lancashire to Halifax after achieving a degree in Administrative Management at Humberside University.  She joined thr NHS following a long career in the banking industry and is now a Receptionist at Yorkshire Fertility.

Dietitian

Dietitian - Sandy Wong

Counselling

Counsellor - Afia Begum

I started my professional career in mental health after graduating from university in 2002. This inspired me to venture on the counselling pathway. I subsequently qualified as a counsellor in 2006. Since then I have worked both in mental health and counselling services jointly. I have worked in various settings including, public, private and voluntary services (women services, substance misuse services, LGTBQ, College/ universities, marriage guidance) to name but a few. I have specialised in areas such as substance misuse and mental health. Over the years I achieved my accreditation with the BACP (British Association counselling and psychotherapy) and qualified as a counselling supervisor. I have recently started further studies in psychology and hoping to achieve my BICA (British infertility counselling association) accreditation.