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The Team

At the Bristol Centre for Reproductive Medicine – BCRM, our aim is to be the first choice in Bristol and the South West for Fertility treatment, investigations (tests) and advice. BCRM is built on a foundation of trust and integrity with transparency at the heart of all our treatments. All treatments offered are evidence based and personalised to you.

Our highly-skilled team, led by internationally recognised Fertility expert Valentine Akande, has already helped thousands of couples achieve their dream of starting or growing their family – and it’s part of our mission to help many more.

We believe those facing Fertility treatment or reproductive problems deserve the highest standard of care from experienced medical professional that understand the stress and emotional impact these issues can bring.

We are friendly, discreet and the key to our outstanding success is putting our patients first. As such, each member of our dedicated team is carefully selected and highly valued.

We are recognised for continuously improving and innovating. We are also committed to sharing our expert knowledge with our patients, peers, colleagues and the public.

CONSULTANTS

Dr Valentine Akande MBBS PhD MRCOG

Medical Director & Lead Clinician

Valentine is a Consultant Gynaecologist, Fertility Specialist & Reproductive Surgeon.

He has been treating couples with Fertility and reproductive problems since 1995 and has personally helped several hundred fulfil their dream of having a baby.

Find out more about Valentine Akande

BCRM Medical Director

Dr Amanda Jefferys  MRCOG BMBS BMedSci 

Medical Director

Amanda is a Consultant Gynaecologist and Subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine & Surgery.

She qualified in 2003 and has worked in the field of gynaecology for the last 13 years.  Amanda has undertaken specialist training in the field of fertility and is an accredited subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery.  She has a broad research portfolio with a particular interest in fertility surgery and the impact of obesity on reproductive health.  She has published research articles and book chapters on these subjects.  She is an organiser and trainer on the prestigious British Fertility Society Reproductive Surgery Masterclass and teaches on the University of Bristol MSc in Reproduction and Development.  She is also an active member of the British Fertility Society and British Society for Gynaecology Endoscopy.  Amanda prides herself in providing a personalised and holistic approach ensuring the highest standards of care for all her patients.

Find out more about Amanda Jefferys

Prof Enda McVeigh  MB BcH MPhil FRCOG 

Consultant Gynaecologist and Fertility Specialist

Enda is a Consultant Gynaecologist and Subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine & Surgery at BCRM as well as being an Associate Professor of Reproductive Medicine at the University of Oxford.

He qualified in 1988 and has worked in the field of gynaecology for the last 25yrs years.  He is a world-recognised expert in Fertility treatments such as IVF and has a broad research portfolio with a particular interest in fertility surgery and fertility preservation following for young cancer suffers. He was one of the founders of the Future Fertility Trust to support children going through cancer treatment. He has published research articles and books including the Oxford Handbook for Reproductive Medicine.  As well as his work in Reproductive Medicine he is also on the board of the Oxford University and Mayo Clinic (USA) collaboration. He has been an advisor to the UK All Party Parliamentary group on fertility and is currently on The Department of Health’s working group on funding for IVF. Internationally he has worked for USAID / WHO and set up a clinical and research clinical facility in China as part of a joint venture between The University of Oxford and Tongi University in Shanghai.

Dr Oliver O’Donovan  BSc  MBBS MRCOG 

Consultant Gynaecologist and Fertility Specialist

Oli qualified in 2006 and has been working in Gynaecology since 2008. He is a consultant gynaecologist working at both BCRM and for the NHS at St. Michael’s Hospital, Bristol. He is a specialist in Reproductive Medicine, advanced laparoscopic (key hole) and hysteroscopic (womb cavity) surgery and endometriosis. He is also the lead consultant at The St.Michael’s Endometriosis Centre and is experienced in management of all aspects of this disease, but is particularly interested and qualified in treating those endometriosis patients with fertility issues.

Assisted conception and IVF

Oli was a specialist fellow in Reproductive Medicine jointly at the University College London Hospital Reproductive Medicine Unit and the Centre for Reproductive and Genetic Health (CRGH). During this time he became skilled in all aspects of diagnosis and treatment of women/couples with difficulty getting pregnant, including ovulation induction (OI), intrauterine insemination (IUI) and IVF/ICSI.

Surgery

Oli was awarded one of only five posts nationally in advanced laparoscopic surgery, which he completed at University College London Hospital. This equipped him with expertise to manage all benign gynaecological conditions through laparoscopic surgery, including endometriosis, fibroids, and subfertility.

Ultrasound

Oli is experienced in all aspects of gynaecological ultrasound, but has particular skill in scanning for endometriosis, including the identification of deep infiltrating disease (such as that effecting the bowel, bladder and ureters).

Research and teaching

He has published and presented (nationally and internationally) on many topics related to fertility, endometriosis and minimal access surgery, and is regularly invited to teach on courses. He is keenly involved in research and teaching (both at undergraduate and postgraduate level), and is active within the British Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy, currently working on the information and guidelines committee.

Personal commitment 

Oli is committed to collaborating to the highest level with both patients and colleagues to provide outstanding quality patient-centred care.

Dr Alex Price MBChB MRCGP Dip (TLHP)

Fertility Consultant

Alex is a Fertility Specialist, qualified in 2001 and has worked in the field of gynaecology since 2003. She also works at the Bristol Centre for Reproductive Medicine (BCRM), Southmead Hospital. Her academic training has involved working as an Obstetric and Gynaecology Registrar, and a Research Fellow in medical education with the University of Bristol. She is also a fully qualified GP and has been specially trained in ultrasound scanning. Further qualifications include a diploma in medical education and family planning and sexual health.

She has always been complemented on her listening skills and compassionate nature towards patients.

She is a keen musician, enjoys singing with Bristol Choral Society and playing the violin. She also enjoys the outdoors and skiing.

Dr Abhiruchi Paisal M.D, Fellow Reproductive Medicine

Fertility Consultant

Dr Paisal obtained her M.D in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 2006 and completed her fellowship in Reproductive Medicine in 2011. She has since been practicing in the field of fertility. In addition, she also holds a diploma in ultrasonography.

Dr Paisal joined BCRM in 2015 bringing her vast experience in all aspects of Reproductive Medicine to Bristol. She has gained experience at some of the renowned Fertility centres such as the Yale Fertility Centre in the United States. She is a member of the British Fertility Society and has taught at the MSc in Reproduction and Development at the University of Bristol. She believes in providing high standards of care through compassion and individualized patient approach.

Caroline Chebsey

Dr Caroline Chebsey, BSc MBBS MRCOG (part I) MRCGP

Fertility Consultant

Caroline has joined BCRM as Fertility Consultant. She qualified in 2007 and has worked in the field of gynaecology since 2009.  She also works as a General Practitioner in Bristol. Caroline spent 7 years working as a Specialist Registrar in Obstetrics and Gynaecology within the Southwest and during this time was involved in Research and Teaching internationally. She spent two years as a Clinical Research Fellow in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, publishing research articles and book chapters and was a keen educationalist.

Bringing together her specialist training and skills gained in primary care she has been complemented on her empathy, understanding and communication, which help her to provide individualized, and comprehensive holistic care.

Dr Hajeb Kamali

SCIENTIFIC DIRECTOR

Paul Wilson BSc, Dip Clin Embryol, Dip RCPath

Head of Embryology and Andrology

Paul is the Scientific Director for Fertility Bristol as well as Consultant Embryologist/ Andrologist.

He is a Nationally recognised expert in the field of Embryology and has nearly 25 years on direct hands-on experience in IVF labs and, in addition to being part of the Fertility Bristol team, is also the Head of Embryology & Andrology at the Bristol Centre for Reproductive Medicine (BCRM). He previously led the Laboratory team as Laboratory Director and Person Responsible at the University of Bristol’s Centre for Reproductive Medicine. Paul has extensive leadership experience in the delivery of clinical Embryology & Andrology services, including laboratory design, quality management to international standards and is actively involved in the formal training of new Scientists entering the Reproductive Medicine field.

Paul’s research interests include the optimisation of embryo culture, the timing of embryo replacement and embryo cryopreservation processes. His objective is to ensure that the very highest possible success rates are obtained for patients.

NURSE SPECIALISTS

Carrie Lomax

Director of Nursing & Clinical Services

Carrie  has been working in the field of gynaecology and fertility since 1992. As the Clinical Nurse Manager Carrie attained further qualifications including a diploma in Gynaecology, Nurse prescribing & has undertaken a Masters of Science Degree in Advanced Practice. Carrie has also been specially trained in ultrasound scanning and the investigation process for new fertility patients. She is a member of the British Fertility Society (BFS) & the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) forums for Fertility & Gynaecology. Carrie enjoys being part of a dedicated team and is personally committed to ensuring that patients are fully informed and supported through their fertility journey.

Nurse Manager BCRM

Rebecca Palmer

Fertility Nurse Manager

Rebecca has worked in Women’s health for the majority of her career. Coming from a midwifery background she moved into the field of Fertility in 2004. For several years she combined her fertility nurse role with working as a specialist gynaecology nurse in Southmead Hospital’s gynaecology Outpatient Department. She is experienced in providing all aspects of fertility care.

Anne Dickerson

Fertility Nurse Practitioner

Gemma Faherty

Fertility Nurse Specialist

Angi Galliers

Fertility Nurse Specialist

Nicola Robbins

Fertility Nurse Specialist

CONSULTANT ANAESTHETISTS

Dr Karine Zander

Dr Claire Fouque

Dr Judith Nolan

THEATRE NURSES

Olivia Popsor

Tracey Dodge

Esther Lawton

Julie Garrett

Angie Cottuli de Cothi

EMBRYOLOGY & ANDROLOGY LABORATORY

Corrina Gibbons

Laboratory Manager

Karla Turner

Senior Embryologist

Jennifer Nisbett

Senior Embryologist

Joanne Sayers

Senior Embryologist

Lesley Lunn

Senior Embryologist

Heather Griffith

Senior Embryologist

Victoria Bithrey

Embryologist

Bonnie Dickinson

Embryologist

Megan Atkinson

IVF Technologist

BUSINESS OPERATIONS

Kim Donaldson

BSc, Dip RC Path, PGCert Healthcare Leadership

Business Operations Director

Kim has over 28 years experience of working within the healthcare sector both clinically and as an operational manager in women’s health.

Following a degree in Applied Biological Sciences at the University of the West of England, she completed the Royal College of Pathologists Diploma in Cytogenetics and Molecular Genetics whilst working as a registered Clinical Scientist at the Bristol Genetics Laboratory. Kim’s work as a Senior Clinical Scientist focussed on prenatal diagnosis and pregnancy loss and promoted a lifelong interest in women’s health and reproductive medicine along with the knowledge and experience of delivering a clinically complex service. Kim joined the Division of Women and Children’s Health at North Bristol NHS Trust in 2010, completed a post graduate certificate in Healthcare Leadership and following her role as the Assistant General Manager of the Division joined the senior leadership team at BCRM as Business Manager in October 2015. Currently as the Business Operations Director, Kim is responsible for the operational management of BCRM and strategic leadership of the Business Operations team including Finance, Administration, Quality and Patient Support.

Joanne Tyrrell

Quality Manager

Alison Inker

Senior Administrator

Katie Mackreth

Finance Controller

Lydia Cuthbertson

PA/ Senior Medical Secretary

Alex Donaldson

Patient Coordinator

Beata Haase

Clinical Administrator

Charlotte Davies

Patient Advisor

Rachel Smith

Senior Medical Secretary

Tracy Anstey

Patient Advisor

Laura Evans

Clinical Administrator

COUNSELLOR & PATIENT SUPPORT

Wendy Martin

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