Debbie Evans RGN
Clinical Lead and Fertility Nurse Consultant
I started my career in nursing in 1982 and have been fortunate to be a part of, and witness many changes within the NHS and the health industry. I became the youngest Ward Sister in my hospital just 18 months after qualifying and became known as the manager who wanted to change the health service and make it the best place possible for my patients. I built a founding reputation that has held true throughout my career, by challenging the systems we had in place and in always striving to improve using my NMC Code of Practice and Quality Management as benchmarks.
Every position I have held as given me opportunities to instil my ethos of improvement and to teach and guide my junior colleagues to always consider for themselves, how they can contribute to the very best patient care.
I have specialised in Fertility Management for over 20 years, working as a Senior Manager within several clinics and with particular interest in Surrogacy and donation programmes. I have held many positions on various stake holder groups to support Fertility nursing within the sector and advising on policy and practice.
I was a founding member of the Senior Infertility Nurse Group in 2005 which was set up to support nursing within the sector and to share knowledge and good practice. We were quickly recognised as an important stakehold within the sector and holding the roles of both Chair and Secretary gave me the opportunity to engage with the wider fertility sector.
I was elected and am currently serving my second term as the nurse representative on the Executive board of the British Fertility society, again ensuring nursing and ultimately our patients are recognised in this very influential group. I have held positions on several committees within the BFS that has influenced policy and practice within our industry and worldwide.
I am especially keen on sharing best practice and my knowledge in the education of future nurses. I have spoken many times at national conferences, and I am actively involved with the current HFEA Code of Practice reforms in particular surrogacy, add-ons and the recent CMA work.
I am really keen to ensure that the proposals for surrogacy reform is upheld across the sector to ensure a safe environment for all that are involved in the surrogacy pathway.
I look forward to bringing my knowledge and expertise to MSJ and to be a part of the exciting future of the Surrogacy industry in the UK and abroad. I want to support the amazing strides that MSJ has already made in changing the way patients embarking on a surrogacy journey are supported, to ensure the safest most effective and quality driven pathway they can experience.
So, the girl that started her nursing journey over 40 years ago is still proud to say that I continue to find the best ways to care for my patients by always challenging and striving for the best always.