The Education SIG is responsible for the training and education services offered by ARCS for Healthcare Scientists at any stage in their careers. The Education SIG focuses on the delivery of ARCS training schemes and NSHCS programmes such as the STP and HSST for HFEA licenced centres.  Membership is made up of the leads of all the working groups which exist to manage the different training schemes for Healthcare Scientists.

Education Special Interest Group (SIG)

Louise Hyslop

Louise Hyslop

Co-chair ARCS Education Special Interest Group (SIG) Lead for Embryology

Louise is the current co-chair of the ARCS Education SIG. Louise completed a PhD in the mechanism of oocyte activation at fertilisation and secured a postdoctoral position studying human embryonic stem cells. She joined Newcastle Fertility Centre in 2005 and has progressed to Principal Embryologist with responsibility for training and service development. More recently she became the lead Embryologist for the mitochondrial donation programme having been assessed by the HFEA as competent to be a mitochondrial donation practitioner. She has a keen interest in training and routes to registration for Healthcare Scientists at all career levels having become a registered Clinical Scientist via ACS Route 2. Louise joined the ACE training committee in 2018 and was an assessor for the ACE certificate. In addition, she was the co-chair of the ACE training committee before formation of the ARCS Education SIG.

Louise Hyslop

Co-chair ARCS Education Special Interest Group (SIG) Lead for Embryology

Rachel Gregoire

Rachel Gregoire

Co-chair ARCS Education Special Interest Group (SIG) Lead for Andrology

Rachel Gregoire

Co-chair ARCS Education Special Interest Group (SIG) Lead for Andrology

Emma Woodland

Emma Woodland

HSST Working Group Lead

Emma is a Clinical embryologist at the Salisbury Fertility Centre and the HSST lead for the ARCS Education SIG. Salisbury Fertility centre is a training centre accredited by the NSHCS for the Scientist Training Programme (STP) and Higher Specialist Scientific Training (HSST) programme. Emma started the HSST in September 2016 and over the years has enjoyed supporting STP trainees to complete their training. The HSST is a bespoke 5 year practice based education and training programme supported by an underpinning part-time professional doctorate and Medical Royal College qualifications. Emma has always been enthusiastic about training and is keen to offer support to anyone currently on, or thinking about applying for, the HSST programme.

Emma Woodland

HSST Working Group Lead

Lucy Wood

Lucy Wood

Embryology STP Curriculum Review Lead

Lucy is a Clinical Embryologist at Jessop Fertility within Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. Since graduating from the 2012 cohort of the STP in Reproductive Science, she has been actively involved in the delivery of the training programme including recruitment and workplace training. Lucy's role as STP Curriculum Review Lead is carried out alongside a team of experts from the field of Reproductive Science. The team includes embryologists from both NHS and private clinics, as well as representatives from the HFEA, ARCS and academia.​

Lucy Wood

Embryology STP Curriculum Review Lead

Joanne Adams

Joanne Adams

ABA Logbook Working Group Lead

Joanne is a Senior Andrologist and the Andrology Services Manager at Manchester Fertility and Donor Bank Manager for Semovo. Joanne was Secretary for the Association of Biomedical Andrologists (ABA) for 6 years and Chair of the ABA Education Committee for 3 years facilitating the Andrology Logbooks. Alongside this, Joanne is a Trustee of the SEED Trust, formerly known as the NGDT, and currently sit on the NEQAS Panel. Joanne was previously a member of the National Donation Strategy Group for the HFEA, created to bring about a greater awareness of donation process in clinics in the UK. Joanna leads

Joanne Adams

ABA Logbook Working Group Lead