Donation Nurse

Location: CARE Manchester

Contract Type: Full Time, Part Time

Closing Date: 17 July 2020

Salary: Competitive

Specific Hours: 30 -37.5 hours per week

Donation Nurse

CARE is a world-renowned pioneering fertility group. In the 20 years since we began, we have helped many thousands of people become parents.

Care Manchester is recruiting a nurse to join our specialised donation team who provide an expert service to patients seeking fertility treatment using donated eggs and sperm or commissioning surrogacy arrangements. The purpose of the role is to support the donation coordinator and the team in the efficient running and future development of donation service.

We are looking for someone with drive, motivation, a passion for customer service and great ideas. These are exciting times for donation services and this is a great opportunity to develop knowledge and skills and be a part of this speciality.

You will need excellent interpersonal skills and be flexible and adaptable.
For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Selina Wilkinson, Donation coordinator on 0161 249 3066.


1. To communicate effectively with appropriate enquiries from prospective egg and sperm donors ensuring relevant information is given and followed up.

2. To interview prospective egg and sperm donors, and egg sharers, ensuring that they have a sound understanding of the treatment cycle, carrying out appropriate screening tests and ascertain their suitability to donate.

3. To arrange all appropriate appointments required by a prospective egg donor, egg sharer or sperm donor to ensure that he/she is correctly screened prior to treatment cycle, in accordance with CARE policy.

4. To ensure that all donors and recipients are aware of the current legal implications of donation, and have a good understanding of the ethical implications of these.

5. To communicate with CARE’s genetic advisors on genetic screening issues ensuring that he/she as the post holder is aware of the implications of these issues to both the donor and recipients, and offering them appropriate support.

6. To maintain and regularly audit a systematic egg donation waiting list, seeing patients following referral from the Clinician as required, to discuss treatment through the egg donation programme.

7. To communicate with the patients on the donation waiting lists advising them of outstanding screenings when appropriate and advising them of current position and the accurate status of the list.

8. To be responsible for the matching of donors and recipients adhering to HFEA guidelines ensuring relevant information is accurately conveyed to both parties maintaining anonymity. When a suitable match has been accepted, to liaise with the Consultant to plan an individualised treatment regime and synchronisation of the cycles.

9. To assist in maintaining clear and accurate records ensuring that all relevant consent forms are completed and maintained within the current HFEA regulations, and that the cycle sheets are accurately completed prior to starting the treatment cycle.

10. To inform donors and recipients of the planned treatment cycle and ensure understanding of their individual protocol.

11. To liaise with the multi disciplinary team on a regular basis whilst coordinating a donation cycle maintaining anonymity at all times.

12. To liaise with the embryologist responsible for allocation of donor sperm.

13. To assist with the management of surrogacy cycles working closely with the clinician.

14. To be responsible for the teaching of drug therapy administration as required for both donors and recipients ensuring that the individuals have a good understanding of the drug therapy required.

15. Ensure that the screening blood tests are appropriately timed in accordance with HFEA regulations, and carry out the venepuncture in conjunction with the nurse team.

16. To offer support to both recipients and donors during and following treatment cycles offering appropriate support and advice.

17. To participate in the development of the donation programme including some possible work externally e.g. talks to patient/professional groups and working closely with the marketing team and senior management.

18. Maintain professional development according to NMC guidelines, including up to date knowledge of current accepted practice and professional issues.

19. Maintain all standards of professionalism performed to the NMC Code of Conduct.

20. To attend departmental, clinic, teaching, clinical and CARE external meetings as required.

Person Specification:



• RGN or equivalent

• Good standard of basic education with GCSE or equivalent in English and Maths


• Ultra sound scanner

• Nurse prescriber



• At least 2 years experience post registration


• Phlebotomy experience

• Gynaecology/obstetric background

• IVF background



• Ability to work with own initiative and can prioritise own workload effectively.

• Strong administration and organisational skills.

• Strong IT and keyboard skills



• Empathy and understanding of the needs of patients.

• Ability to work effectively as part of a team.

• Ability to communicate effectively with staff and patients over the telephone, face-to-face and in writing.


Basic counselling skills



• An understanding and appreciation of patient confidentiality


• An understanding of the HFEA and CHAI (Formally National CARE Standards)

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