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Leading fertility body appoints NHS-trained nurse to board

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A nurse from the world’s first fertility clinic, Bourn Hall in Cambridge, has been appointed to the executive board of national nursing organisation the Senior Infertility Nurses Group (SING).

Laura Carter-Penman, who took up her position on the SING board earlier this year, qualified as a nurse at the University of East Anglia just over 20 years ago.

“For me, nursing is about educating the team around you”

Laura Carter-Penman

Starting out her career as a NHS nurse, in 2011 she applied to become a fertility nurse at Bourn Hall Clinic and has worked her way up to the position of regional lead nurse.

SING is the largest group for infertility nursing staff, with members from over half of the UK and Ireland’s fertility clinics. Established in 2005, it promotes education, best practice and provides specialist training for all nurses and healthcare assistants working and caring for those seeking fertility treatment.

The body is recognised in the fertility nursing community, often consulting and contributing to the development of government policy and other nursing organisations’ boards.

Ms Carter-Penman, who will be undertaking her SING duties in addition to her role at Bourn Hall, said: “For me, nursing is about educating the team around you.

“I think SING is a fantastic organisation – providing support and information sharing for hundreds of nurses up and down the country,” she said.

SING/Bourn Hall

Laura Carter Penman

Laura Carter Penman

“My role at Bourn Hall has offered me the perfect opportunity to expand my skills, helping me step into this role to help others,” she added.

Debbie Evans, SING’s chair, said: “I am delighted to welcome Laura to the Executive Board, and the experience she brings.

“At SING, we are instrumental in shaping the future of fertility and passionate that nursing has a huge stake hold in that future,” she said.

Ms Carter-Penman oversees teams of 30 nurses and healthcare assistants in Bourn Hall’s Cambridge and Norwich clinics.

As SING secretary, she will now be organising a series of training events, helping provide information networks, peer support and guidance to fertility nurses across the UK and Ireland.

SING is available to all UK and Republic of Ireland fertility nurses and HCAs.

Bourn Hall Clinic, the world’s first and best-known assisted conception clinic, was established in 1980 by Patrick Steptoe and Robert Edwards, the pioneers of IVF.

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