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Meet the Team

Fiona Pringle

Forum Chair
Head of Nursing, IVI UK

Fiona qualified in 1986 and has worked in women's health for most of her career, initially as a staff nurse at The Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital in London before moving to Surrey.  Fiona then spent eight years working in dermatology before returning to women's health. 

She joined Oxford Fertility in 1996 as the nurse specialist for fertility, managing the NHS fertility clinics and the ovulation induction programme. Fiona became the nurse manager for the assisted reproduction unit in 1998. 

Fiona is currently head of nursing for IVI UK and is involved in setting up new IVF clinics in the UK. She is passionate about developing staff and is committed to providing high quality, evidence based reproductive health services. She has been an external advisor for the HFEA and is a founding member of Senior Infertility Nurses Group (SING). Fiona has been involved in writing the online training modules for nurses in reproductive medicine.

Jill Wilson

Nurse Manager, CARE Birmingham

Jill qualified as a nurse in 1984 having trained at the Queen Elizabeth School of Nursing in Birmingham. Before becoming a fertility nurse she specialised in orthopaedics and was the senior sister of a busy female trauma and orthopaedic ward. She then set up an orthopaedic pre-admission service to improve the patient journey through surgery.

Jill has been a fertility nurse since 1995, working initially to provide a satellite service before moving to BMI Priory Fertility Centre for 17 years. She was the recipient of the Canadian Nurse Exchange prize from BFS in 2007. Jill is now nurse manager of CARE Birmingham and is very excited about the prospect of this new role. Her priority is to ensure that the service offered is entirely patient focused and that the patient feels, whatever the outcome of treatment that they have been well cared for and supported. 

Jill considers the work of the fertility nursing forum to be very important in driving the speciality of fertility nursing forward and to be a voice for colleagues in this field of medicine.

Francesca Steyn

Head of Nursing at the Centre for Reproductive and Genetic Health

Francesca is currently the Head of Nursing at the Centre for Reproductive and Genetic Health which is a large unit that provides a wide range of specialist fertility treatments and services. She has a special interest in gamete donation and surrogacy, and also training and development for nurses and HCA's within the fertility setting.
 
She has worked in various busy London units in both the NHS and private sectors and has had the opportunity to learn and develop a wide range of skills, including performing surgical sperm retrievals under consultant supervision, and assisting with the management of the fertility needs of patients diagnosed with a blood borne virus.
 
Francesca is an active member of the Senior Infertility Nurses Group (SING) and was recently asked to join the project group headed up by the Department Of Health to produce surrogacy best practice guidance for healthcare professionals working outside of the reproductive medicine setting.
 
She is extremely passionate about her role as part of the RCN fertility nursing steering committee and feels that this is the perfect opportunity to share knowledge, best practice and to enhance the skills and knowledge of fertility nurses and HCA's who are working within, or who have an interest in the reproductive medicine field.

Kirsty-Lee Wright

Biography

 


 


Yvonne Wedden

Senior Sister, Birmingham Women's Fertility Centre

Yvonne has been a member of the RCN for many years and has had the fertility nursing forum as her first choice forum for over twenty years. She is passionate about fertility nursing and applied to be part of the steering committee to become more actively involved in shaping the future of the speciality. 

Yvonne believes that the focus of the forum should be to review current and relevant publications, and to assist with supporting and guiding the progress of the specialism as it continues to provide an ever evolving service to those requiring assisted reproductive technology.

Alice Denga

Matron - Assisted Conception Unit, Guy's and St Thomas's NHS Foundation Trust

Alice qualified as a registered general nurse with Parkside and Harrow College of Nursing in 1991. She is a highly experienced modern matron in assisted reproduction with clinical and management expertise

Alice is strongly committed to providing the highest standard of care at all times. Within her leadership role, she keeps herself engaged and inspired while motivating her team to achieve and maintain these high standards.

Pivotal to my role is overseeing nursing care during the patients’ journey through assisted conception, with a strong focus on patient experience. It is also her role to support nurses with training and development to ensure they are empowered and enabled to provide an excellent service. She also assumes a senior management role in ensuring the safe and effective running of the unit as well as implementing the ambitious strategy of the assisted conception unit.

Alice is an active member of the Senior Infertility Nurse Group (SING) and was elected as the treasurer for the SING group from 2009-2013. She feels it is an honour to be a member of the fertility nursing steering committee and is looking forward to working on forum projects.

Louise Mitchell

Louise qualified as a nurse in 2001 and after spending three years working in surgery, she joined the Cardiff Assisted Reproduction Unit (CARU) in 2004.  She spent the next 6 years working in CARU treating NHS and self funded patients and developed a real passion for Women’s Health.  She completed the Women and Health degree module through Cardiff University and qualified as a family planning nurse.

In 2010 she completed a post graduate certificate in gynaecological ultrasound and moved to London where she began working for the London Women’s Clinic on Harley Street as a senior fertility nurse.  In 2012 she went back to the NHS and worked as a specialist gynaecologist nurse sonographer in Ealing Hospital Early Pregnancy Unit to help further development of her ultrasound skills and help train junior doctors in ultrasound.

Following the birth of her son, she moved back to Wales the took up the post of deputy nurse manager in the London Women’s Clinic Wales, before becoming the Nurse Manager of the London Women’s Clinic Bristol where she helped to set up the service.

Louise is also a member of the HFEA Licensed Centre’s Panel where she helps to represent clinics working together with the HFEA.

Louise has been a member of the forum since 2004 and is thrilled to be part of the steering committee as she feels that the forum is an essential resource for fertility nurses by helping with career development and progression, sharing knowledge and working with other agencies such as the BFS and SING to help raise the profile of fertility nurses in the UK.

Jane Denton FRCN CBE

Director, Multiple Births Foundation

Jane Denton is Director of the Multiple Births Foundation (MBF), a charity based at Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea Hospital, London, which works with professionals to raise awareness and improve services to meet the specific and special needs of multiple birth families.

Her professional background is nursing and midwifery with a specialist interest in infertility and genetics. Jane led the development of the nursing team in one of the first IVF programmes in the UK. As the implications of multiple births arising from infertility treatments began to emerge in the late 1980s she moved to the MBF to address the problems and became Director in 1998. She has written and lectured extensively on all aspects of multiple births and has contributed to substantial change in public and professional attitudes towards them. 

A former member and deputy chair of the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority and a founder member of the Royal College of Nursing Fertility Nursing Forum, Jane has wide experience of the clinical, scientific and ethical challenges presented by the advances in reproductive technologies. She is sub-editor for nursing, counselling and ethics for the journal Human Fertility. 

Jane was made a Fellow of the RCN in 2006, an Honorary Fellow of the British Fertility Society in 2008 was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2007 for services to nursing and healthcare.


Contact

Professional Lead: Carmel Bagness

Read the 2019 Fertility Nursing Forum Team Charter

Follow the forum on Twitter: @RCNFertility


Current committee members

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Page last updated - 30/07/2019