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Meet the Team

Mr Martin DeBono

Mr Martin DeBono

Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist - Clinical Lead

Martin Debono qualified as a doctor from Leeds University in 1984 and entered the specialty of Obstetrics & Gynaecology in 1985. He has worked and researched in the field of infertility for over 20 years in Leeds, Sheffield and Halifax. In 1995 he was appointed as a Consultant Gynaecologist at Calderdale Royal Hospital and established the Calderdale Assisted Conception Unit by the following year in 1996. The unit has grown significantly since then as a result of its thriving clinical success and the emphasis it places on customer care. Within five years the unit became the largest satellite IVF unit in the country and still is to this day.

 

Mr Karol Rogawski

Mr Karol Rogawski

Mr Karol Rogawski

Consultant Urologist

Karol qualified in Poland in 1980. His entire post graduate training was spent in Johannesburg Teaching Hospitals (1984-1991) and then in Leeds Teaching Hospitals (1992-1994). He worked 1994-1995 in Hull, after which he undertook his first consultant's post in Calderdale, at the Royal Halifax Infirmary. He has a broad experience in general urological surgery including laparoscopic urology.

 

Dr Laxmikant Chaudhari

Dr Laxmikant Chaudhari

Speciality Doctor 

Dr 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 currently works as a Speciality Doctor. He also continues to practice obstetrics and gynaecology and has a weekly theatre list here at Calderdale.

 

 

Sumita Bhuiya

Sumita Bhuiya

Consultant

Sumita works as a Consultant at Airedale Hospital Trust and has come to Yorkshire Fertility to specialise in Fertility working alongside our medical team.

Helen Marvell

Helen Marvell

Clinical Lead Nurse

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.

Lucinda Doherty

Lucinda Doherty

Lucinda Doherty

Fertility Nurse Specialist

Lucinda is a registered general nurse and part of the nursing team. She completed her training as an RGN in 1987 at Huddersfield School of Nursing. Soon after she moved to the Midlands and worked in a large assisted conception unit as the Clinical Nurse Manager and egg donation co-ordinator at Birmingham Women's Hospital. Lucinda was one of the first nurses in the UK to learn to perform embryo transfers and another professional achievement was to write a paper on the egg sharing programme that she set up with one of her medical colleagues.

This was published in Human Reproduction. After living in Spain, she came back to her roots, to Yorkshire and commenced work here in the assisted conception unit at Calderdale. Lucinda assists with the egg donation programme at Yorkshire Fertility.

Susie Best

Susie Best

Susie Best

Fertility Nurse Specialist

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 and did a Fertility course 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 is the nurse responsible for Infection Control on the unit.

Katie Backhouse

Katie Backhouse

Katie Backhouse

Fertility Nurse Specialist

Katie completed her nurse training from Leeds in 2005.  She worked at Leeds General Infirmary in Cardiology and Medicine for 2 1/2 years. Following this she moved to Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust and worked for five years in CCU and the Cardiology Wards. In 2013 Katie joined the team to pursue a career in Fertility where she has completed the Pelvic Ultrasound course at Liverpool University. She is currently studying the Infertility in Practice module.

Emma Clayton

Emma Clayton

Emma Clayton

Fertility Nurse

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.

Michelle Berry

Michelle Berry

Michelle Berry

Fertility Nurse

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 womens 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 provdes a close link to the neonatal unti in Calderdale.

Michelle 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

Gemma Abbott

Gemma Abbott

Fertility Nurse 

Gemma is our newest team member and has joined us to pursue a career in fertility, after working in A&E here at Calderdale.

Danielle Collier

Danielle Collier

Fertility Nurse 

Danielle is our newly appointed Fertility Nurse.  She is currently undergoing training with our team in view of specialising in Fertility care.

Susan McCabe

Susan McCabe

Susan McCabe

Business Manager

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.

Helen Sutcliffe

Helen Sutcliffe

Business Administrator

Helen lived in Brighton where she studied and worked in the travel industry. After travelling around the world she went on to work for Sussex Police as a Secretary. She has a passion for photography and is currently building up a portfolio of weddings and portrait work. Helen works in all areas of admin concentrating on the website, branding, marketing and collaboration.

Julia Hollingworth

Julia Hollingworth

Julia Hollingworth

Clerical Assistant

Julia previously has worked in property sales and early years education. After working as a Health Care Assistant for the Contraception and Sexual Health Service in Calderdale she then joined the team.  She is our main Receptionist and is responsible for clerical preparation.

Kate Allen

Kate Allen

Clerical Assistant

Kate has recently returned from her maternity leave.  She works as part of the clerical team covering reception and preparing clinics.  She has come from working as a secretary at another Trust and has also worked with the Community Midwives in Huddersfield.  Kate is a very active member of our team where she continues to take part in weekly park runs.

Katherine Metcalfe

Katherine Metcalfe

Nurse Administration Assistant

Katherine has previously worked for 7 years in pharmacy as a dispenser.  Before that she ran her own pub for 10 years.  Katherine decided to move into healthcare after her father passed away and having watched the care that was given from  healthcare professionals she knew she wanted to give something back.  Kath has become an integral part of our team being a support to our fertility nurses whilst also learning her practical skills gynaecology.

Claire Johnstone

Claire Johnstone

Admin Apprentice

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.  She is now working towards her NVQ in Business Administration with Kirklees College whilst working here with our team as an apprentice. 

 

 

 

Lynne Swarbrick

Lynne Swarbrick

Lynne Swarbrick

Counsellor

Lynne has always had a keen interest in infertility and set up the independent counselling service for Yorkshire Fertility in Calderdale. She started her career as a general nurse and then became a health visitor and worked in the community for several years before setting up her own counselling practice - www.twodoves.co.uk

Outside the health service, she has counselling experience with WY Police, Social Services, NSPCC and several private providers and she has taught on many courses at local further education courses. The highlight of her career was winning a national award- Health Professional of the Year, which funded her Masters degree in 1997. Lynne is an accredited Counsellor with BACP and registered by UKRC and is currently applying for accreditation for BICA.

June Holden

June Holden

June Holden

June has worked as a counsellor for 20 years, mainly in primary care. Eight years ago she started working in the Women and Children's directorate and joined our team. Prior to this she has worked for WY Police, Social Services and the Probation service, helping people who have been sexually assaulted. She gained her Masters degree in counselling services at Salford University and has additional qualifications in loss and bereavement, clinical supervision and brief therapies. June is accredited with the BACP, a registered member of UKCP and currently working towards accreditation with BICA.

Emma Ward-Tilley

Emma Ward-Tilley

Emma Ward-Tilley

Specialist Dietitian

Emma completed her first degree in Biological Sciences at the University of York in 1992. Having started her career in wildlife conservation she subsequently retrained and qualified as a Dietitian at Leeds Metropolitan University in 2001, having undertaken the post-graduate diploma in Dietetics. She initially worked at Bradford for the first 2 years of her career in inpatient care. Subsequently she specialised in Diabetes and worked for 6 years in both primary and secondary care. One of the services she developed whilst at Bradford was a specialist weight management service for people with diabetes. In 2010 Emma moved to Calderdale and Huddersfield foundation NHS trust where she continues to work as a specialist diabetes dietitian. One of her sub specialisms is diabetes in preconception and pregnancy and she undertakes a weekly clinic with the specialist medical and obstetric team.

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