Principal Embryologist / Quality Manager
Centre for Reproductive Medicine and Fertility,
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Rachel graduated from the University of Nottingham in 1995 before taking up a trainee embryology position at Sheffield Fertility Centre. She completed the ACE post graduate diploma in 1998. In 2001 she gained the position of Principal Embryologist at the new NHS IVF unit, the Centre for Reproductive Medicine and Fertility at the Jessop Wing in Sheffield and now holds the position of Person Responsible.
Rachel’s interests have involved developing a quality management system culminating in the unit achieving ISO 9001 certification. In 2005 Rachel played a key role in the development of the laboratories to clean room standards. Rachel recently stepped down as chair of the Association of Clinical Embryologists and she is an assessor for the Association of Clinical Scientists. She is involved in writing the curriculum for the MSC project and has written national guidelines for oocyte freezing and elective single embryos transfer. Rachel has an active role both internationally and nationally and speaks at several conferences each year.
Rachel was awarded in the MBE in July 2015 in recognition of her years of commitment and outstanding service to assisted conception, alongside her significant contribution to research and developing the embryology profession through her involvement with professional bodies and national organisations.