Our facilities are home to dedicated staff with access to innovative technology. 

Medical Team

Clinical Director - Mr Martin DeBono

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

Consultant Urologist - Mr Karol Rogawski

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.

 

Speciality Doctor - Dr Laxmi Chaudhari

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.

 

 

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.

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 Specialist - Viv Calverley

Viv is one of our most experienced Fertility Nurses with an extensive nursing background in Gynaecology and Women's Health.  Whilst at Yorkshire Fertility she has developed the sperm donation program and contributed her expertise and knowledge in fertility and early pregnancy.  Although Viv is now retired from the team she continues to work shifts during our busy times.  

Katie Backhouse

Fertility Nurse Specialist - Katie Backhouse

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.  She has since completed the Pelvic Ultrasound course and in 2016 finished the Infertility in Practice Module at Liverpool University. Katie is now one of our senior Infertility Nurse Specialists.

Emma Clayton

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.

Allison has joined us from Leeds Fertility where she has had an extensive career in fertility nursing.  Allison is our lead nurse at our Mid Yorkshire sites; Dewsbury and Pinderfields hospitals.

Gemma Abbott

Fertility Nurse Specialist

Gemma came from a career as a Clinical Lead Nurse 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.

Michelle Berry

Michelle Berry

Fertility Nurse Specialist

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. Michelle has now completed the infertility in practice module and scanning course.  Michelle is also our safeguarding lead and ensures that our safeguarding processes are up to date.

Emma has a history of working as a Theatre Nurse at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust.  She has joined our team as a trainee fertility nurse and will work along side our senior team to develop her skills and knowledge.  

Fertility Nurse - Danielle Collier

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

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.

Susie Best

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 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.

Healthcare Assistant - Kath Metcalfe

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 in gynaecology.

Admin Team

Susan is the main typist at Yorkshire Fertility.  She has come from a  career in orthapedics where she worked as a secretary.  She has now become a very hard working member of our team keeping up with all our correspondence. 

Business Manager - 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.

Business Administrator - Helen Sutcliffe

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

Receptionist - Julia Hollingworth

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.

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.

 

 

 

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.

Support

June Holden

Counsellor - 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

Dietitian - Emma Ward-Tilley

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.

Lynne Swarbrick

Counsellor - Lynne Swarbrick

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.

Sarah Banks is one of our ex - patients who has set up a local support group for anyone who is struggling with infertility.  She holds a monthly meet up which is out side of the clinical environment and is a great place to meet other people going through the same process and to discuss issues in a relaxed and friendly environment.  Sarah also has a facebook group which you can join.  To find out more visit our Support Page Here.

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