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The Team

About the ACS team

Dr Helen Lyall, Consultant Gynaecologist
Dr Lyall is a Consultant Gynaecologist and lead clinician for the ACS Unit at Glasgow Royal Infirmary. She qualified in 1988 from the University of Dundee and has always worked in the field of obstetrics and gynaecology. She has been directly involved in assisted conception and reproductive medicine for 20 years.

During her training Dr Lyall also worked in Edinburgh, moving to Glasgow in 1995. Dr Lyall has published widely and was awarded a MD from the University of Dundee in 1994. She has been a member of a number of national groups looking at the provision of assisted conception treatment, most specifically equity of access, and is a member of the National Infertility Group, convened by the Scottish Government.

Professor Scott Nelson, Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Scott is the Muirhead Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the University of Glasgow and HFEA licence holder for Glasgow Royal Infirmary ACS unit. Professor Nelson is a prominent specialist in reproductive medicine, world renowned as the leader for personalised ovarian stimulation. His particular area of expertise is in the use of biomarkers to individualise care.

Dr Susheel Vani - to follow

Dr Aparna Sastry - to follow

Dr Claire Banks
Dr Banks is a Consultant Gynaecologist, and qualified in Medicine in 2002 from the University of Glasgow. She has worked in the field of obstetrics and gynaecology throughout her postgraduate career, with a special interest in assisted conception since 2007. Before studying medicine, Dr Banks completed a law degree, graduating from the University of Glasgow in 1996 with an LLB Honours degree in Medical Law and Ethics

Isabel Traynor, Redesign Manager
Isabel is the Redesign Manager of the Assisted Conception Service. She graduated from Caledonian University in 1992 with BA Honours in Health & Nursing Studies and had an extensive gynaecology career in Western Infirmary, Glasgow. She worked there for 10 years, in a variety of roles ranging from staff nurse, research nurse, ward manager and clinical nurse manager in gynaecology across North Glasgow NHS Trust.

Following this experience, she took up post as the Senior Charge Nurse in the Assisted Conception Unit in Glasgow Royal Infirmary in October 2002. This challenging role includes clinical and service management, with a research and education component. This experience has been transferred to a clinical environment ensuring that evidence based practice is delivered locally. A range of nurse led services have also been developed within the unit. She has completed several post graduated qualifications in Infertility, Ultrasound Scanning and Non Medical Prescribing. She has had the privilege of both presenting and being chairperson at several national Infertility meetings for nursing and multi-disciplinary groups. She is the previous chairperson of the Senior Infertility Nurses Group.

Joanne McNabb, Senior Charge Nurse ACS

Joanne qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1980 then as a Certified Midwife in 1981. Her career in midwifery progressed to a Community Midwife then three years later to a Labour Ward Sister. After a short break she returned to Rottenrow Maternity in Glasgow as a Bank Midwife before joining the Assisted Conception team at Glasgow Royal Infirmary where she has spent the last 22 years.

Predominately based in the Theatre and Recovery Suite Joanne is an integral part of the team, helping to plan and deliver the care that provides the best possible experience for patients using the service.

Helen Walton, Pre Genetic Diagnosis Co-ordinator for Scotland
Helen qualified as Registered General Nurse in 1989. She worked as a staff nurse in the Gynaecology wards in the Glasgow Royal Infirmary. She completed the Family Planning course and obtained a BSc in Professional Studies in Nursing at the Caledonian University. In 1996 she moved to the Assisted Conception Services. She enhanced her knowledge and skills within the infertility unit, with further education and research. In 2005 she was employed as the Pre Genetic Diagnosis Co-ordinator for Scotland, to assist couples who have a known genetic condition, arranging, implementing and evaluating the patients care.Rachel Gregoire, Consultant Embryologist

Rachel began working in clinical embryology in 1999. She trained at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, before moving to Liverpool Women’s Hospital as a Senior Clinical Embryologist in 2008. During her training years she also completed a PhD in Developmental Medicine. She joined the ACS at Glasgow Royal Infirmary in January 2014. She is Chair of the National External Quality Assessment Service committee for Embryology, assists the Royal College of Pathology in curriculum writing and assessment in Reproductive Science, and sits on the ACS assessment board for Clinical Embryology.Joanne Leitch, Lead Scientist

Joanne has gained over 10 years of experience in Clinical Embryology in both public and private health care settings. In her current appointment as Lead Clinical Embryologist, she plays a key role in the largest IVF clinic in Scotland. Joanne is a Diplomat of the Royal College of Pathologists and an Executive Board member of the Association of Clinical Embryologists.Linsey White, Quality Manager

Linsey studied Pharmacology at Glasgow University and worked in the field of drug discovery in the biotechnology industry before moving into the medical device industry. She worked within the Quality Management team at Alere for 7 years, predominately in Heart Failure, before joining the ACS as Quality Manager. As Quality Manager, Linsey’s responsibilities at the ACS include maintaining the Quality Management System to meet the HFEA code of practice requirements; auditing the ACS; and insuring the compliance and continual improvement of procedures to meet patient expectations.Craig Spinks, Business Manager

Craig graduated with a Business Management Honours degree and has significant experience working across various NHS sectors which include Golden Jubilee National Hospital and Oral Health Directorate. He commenced current post in July 2014 and has a wider remit across Women & Children’s directorate in addition to Business Manager role within Assisted Conception Service.

Isobel O’Neil, CounsellorIsobel is an Accredited Infertility Counsellor with the British Infertility Counselling Association (BICA). She has had many years experience in all aspects of infertility counselling and has been the Counsellor for the ACS Unit, Glasgow Royal Infirmary for fourteen years. This work includes working in all areas of infertility and fertility treatment including donor conception, surrogacy, heterosexual and same sex couples, single women and transgender people.

Isobel was a member of the BICA Executive Committee, Scottish Representative and Book Review Editor for the Journal of Fertility Counselling for ten years until stepping down last year. She remains the Chairperson for the Scottish Infertility Counselling Group. She has many years experience in training and in promoting the greater understanding of the impact of infertility to support organisations and groups. She has presented at conferences and public events.

Isobel’s earlier training was in child protection and sexual abuse in specialist teams and in working with survivors of abuse. She then practiced as a Consultant Family Therapist (with individuals, couples and families) in both local authority and independent settings. She worked also for a number of years in adoption assessment and post adoption therapy.

Alison Elliot, Counsellor