Confirmed invited speakers ‘breaking barriers and enhancing relations’ with more to come

ASCN UK 2018 speakers have been invited around the theme ‘Breaking Barriers and Enhancing Relationships’ which will focus on the many critical issues surrounding healthy relationships for all who are affected by and operate within, the stoma care community. To see the current programme, click here.

More news will follow, but in the meantime, meet our confirmed invited speakers:

Lorraine Grover - Psychosexual Nurse Specialist
'Sexual function and colorectal patients: How can stoma care nurses help their patients overcome sexual function issues during and after treatment?'

Lorraine helps men and women overcome difficulties with sexual function. Patients undergoing stoma formation frequently experience psychosexual issues. How do we address these concerns or initiate the discussion during busy clinics? Do you know who to refer your patients on to if they are experiencing difficulties with their sexual function?
Lesley Dibley - Reader in Nursing Research and Education, University of Greenwich and Barts Health NHS Trust
'Patients’ anticipations and realities of living with a stoma for IBD'

Lesley Dibley is a qualitative researcher who primarily explores patients’ experiences of living with chronic illness. Her PhD addressed patients’ experiences of stigma in IBD, and generated follow-on research, including decision-making about, and adjustment to, an intestinal stoma. Lesley has over 30 publications, and several national and international conference presentations.
Mr Pardeep Kumar - Consultant Urological Surgeon, The Royal Marsden Hospital
'Urinary diversion following Total Pelvic Exenteration'

Mr Pardeep Kumar is a Consultant Urological Surgeon at The Royal Marsden Hospital. His practice encompasses pelvic oncology; he treats urological, colorectal, pelvic sarcoma and gynaecological malignancy. He utilises minimally invasive techniques (including robotics) as well as open surgery to remove cancers and reconstruct the urinary tract. He was trained in London with fellowship experience in the US and Egypt.
Carolyn Swash - Clinical Nurse Specialist - Stoma Care
'Bridging the Dementia Gap in Stoma Care'

Qualified in 1989, i have been working within the field of stoma care full time since 2004. I have experience of working both within the NHS and Industry. I am a nurse independent prescriber as well as an area rep for ASCN.
Michaela Parker RGN - Clinical Nurse Specialist - Stoma Care
'Bridging the Dementia Gap in Stoma Care'

I have been a stoma care nurse for almost 15 years now, originally working at the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, caring for ostomists with both faecal and urological stomas (including nephrostomies).

During this time, I have experienced stoma care in both primary and secondary care settings, employed by the NHS and now industry.

My current post incorporates research, development and innovation within the stoma care speciality.

I am also an ASCN area representative (East Midlands Region).

ASCN UK Advanced Stoma Care Module at the University of East Anglia

Advanced Stoma Care Module at the University of East Anglia

We are pleased to report fantastic progress with the development of the new online 40-credit level 7 module ‘Advanced Stoma Care’ with the University of East Anglia (UEA). The module, taken together with the core module ‘Using Evidence to Lead and Enhance Practice’ will enable students to step off the programme with a postgraduate certificate (PGCert) in Advanced Professional Practice, or to continue towards the 3-year MSc in Advanced Professional Practice. ‘Using Evidence to Lead and Enhance Practice’ will be available online in September 2018, providing an excellent foundation for ‘Advanced Stoma Care’, which aims to launch in January 2019.

The Advanced Stoma Care module is now fully mapped for content and module organiser, Dr Gabby Thorpe, is currently reviewing potential resources, exploring innovative ways to achieve the learning outcomes and, in liaison with ASCN, making contact with surgeons and nurses across the UK with an invitation to get involved. Next steps involve a lot of recording, both on-campus in the UEA film studio and with support from the UEA Centre for Technology Enhanced Learning, and off-campus, capturing professionals talking ‘in conversation’ with Gabby about their areas of expertise. This includes sharing tips for best practice as well as highlighting new developments, which are likely to become part of routine practice in the future. Keep an eye on the ASCN (UK) website for more information.

For those interested in undertaking the PGCert or stand-alone module, please email Gabby on to make enquires and, if you wish, to be placed on a mailing list, so you can be the first to know when applications are open. The cost for the whole PGCert is likely to be around £2500 or £1600 for the Advanced Stoma Care module alone, but exact costs are still to be confirmed.  ASCN UK is keen to support members financially to undertake the PGCert and we encourage you to apply for part or full funding via the Jean Preston Fund (click here for more info) well in advance to ensure the funds are in place.


For more information, please contact Dr Gabby Thorpe on

Cardiff-based nurses receive prestigious award for long service

Local nurses Pip Chandler and Lisa Leamon have been granted the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) Long Service Award for completing 21 years of continued service in community nursing.

The QNI is a registered UK charity tracing its origins back to 1887 following a grant of £70,000 by Queen Victoria from the Women’s Jubilee Fund. A Royal Charter in 1889 named it ‘Queen Victoria’s Jubilee Institute for Nurses’ and its objectives were to provide the ‘training, support, maintenance and supply’ of District Nurses for the sick poor, as well as establishing training homes and establishing branches.

Pip took on the role of stoma staff nurse at the Royal Devon and Exeter back in 1997 following a period in an oncology unit in Cumbria which brought her into contact with an ostomate. That early experience shaped her determination to provide individualised and holistic care to her patients.

Pip said, “I am extremely proud to have been recognised for my work and of the award.

“When I met my first ostomate, I was a little embarrassed that I didn’t know much about how to care for her. However, I quickly became sympathetic to the patient’s frustration over having to teach each new nurse that she saw how to care for her. I remember feeling strongly that she deserved better and made a commitment then to do what I could to help people living with a stoma and haven’t looked back since.

“How times have changed! We used to have to carry loose change so we could call our patients on public telephones. I also became quite good at reading Ordnance Survey maps in order to find my way around narrow and winding country lanes just to get to patients’ homes.”

Lisa became a specialist stoma nurse in the same year after spending time in the gynaecology ward caring for patients who went on to have stomas. The experience spurred her on to specialise in ostomy care. Despite the many changes within the NHS and in clinical services and equipment over the years, the needs of this group of patients has not altered and it is the need for a patient-centred approach to caring for these patients that has been professionally rewarding for Lisa.

Lisa said, “Twenty one years has flown by. I am extremely honoured to have been awarded the Queens Nursing Institute Long Service Award.

“I still remain as passionate and committed to my role in the community as I did when starting all those years ago.  I feel privileged to have been part of the journey of the people I have met in the community environment.”

Dr Crystal Oldman CBE, QNI Chief Executive said, “Congratulations to both Pip Chandler and Lisa Leamon for their commitment to community nursing and for reaching this great milestone in their careers. This Award from the QNI recognises their dedication and the care that they have both given to so many patients, families, carers and communities.”

Pip is now a Care Nurse Manager at Coloplast, a medical device manufacturer specialising in chronic care. She manages Coloplast Care community nurses covering Wales (including Cardiff and Vale) and she also oversees nursing teams in the West of England including Bath, Bristol, Weston and Worcester.

Lisa is presently a Coloplast Care Nurse working in partnership with Cardiff and Vale University Health Board where she cares for all patients discharged into the community following bladder or bowel surgery leading to a stoma formation. She supports patients along the clinical pathway which involves seeing them at home for the first six weeks post operatively, followed by regular appointments in GP stoma review clinics where she empowers her patients to self-manage their stomas.

For more information about the QNI, visit

More about the QNI Long Service Awards can be found here

Educational Funding for ASCN UK Annual Conference 2018

Educational Funding for ASCN UK Annual Conference 2018

–> Have you talked to your hospital about the new changes to educational funding for your continuous education?

–> Are you aware of the changes to your educational funding process?

–> Do you know who you should be talking to and what you should be talking about?

Click here to answer all your questions.

Funding for conference can be gained by the Jean Preston Fund!

ASCN UK Committee Contribution to the British Journal of Nursing (BJN)

ASCN UK Education Officer, Wendy Osborne and Chair, Maddie White have been contributing to the BJN’s Stoma Care Supplement in the development of research into parastomal hernias.

Using a risk assessment tool for parastomal hernia prevention by Wendy Osborne, Jacqui North and Julia Williams (BJN, March 2018)

The development of national guidelines for stoma care: parastomal hernia  by Wendy Osborne and Maddie White (BJN, September 2017)

The rise of the stoma care nurse by Maddie White (BJN Silver Anniversary Supplement, 2017)

Patient and healthcare professional perceptions of colostomy-related problems and their impact on quality of life following rectal cancer surgery by Elfeki et. al. on behalf of the Colostomy Impact Score study group (BJS Open, March 2018) which was written with contributions from ASCN UK members.


*As part of your ASCN UK membership, you are entitled to three free annual copies of the British Journal of Nursing Stoma Care Supplement. If you have not been receiving these, please contact

Travel Bursary 2018 (Supported by Suportx)

Suportx announced at ASCN UK a new travel bursary for 2018. In collaboration with ASCN UK, Suportx are seeking applications for this exciting new award offering travel worldwide to study best practice in the field of parastomal hernia prevention, management and treatment.

Applications are invited from members of ASCN UK, full or part-time, qualified Stoma Care Nurses or other healthcare professional with an interest in stoma care.

Applicants must submit a 300-word summary of their proposed purpose of travel and outline the benefits and outcomes and email this to

Visit for more details on submitting your application.

Submission Deadline now extended until Monday 8th January 2018.

BJN – The Awards 2018

Do any of your colleagues deserve recognition? Have they excelled in clinical practice?
The BJN Awards celebrate and reward excellence in clinical nursing. The awards recognise the immense talent, professionalism and innovation among the nursing workforce. At a time when staff and  expenditure cutbacks are inevitably affecting morale, the BJN Awards 2018 are a celebration of achievement, a reminder of the reasons you nurse, and an infusion of encouragement to inspire continued enthusiasm for the nursing profession.

BJN are currently accepting nominations for Stoma Care Nurse of the Year, for more information and how to nominate, click here.

ASCN UK 2017 Conference Awards

Click here for more details on how to apply for ASCN UK Awards which are announced at the conference in Glasgow in October.

Available awards are:

  • Stoma Care Nurse of the Year Award (supported by Salts)
  • Opus Bursary Award (supported by Opus Healthcare)
  • UA Award (supported by Urostomy Association) x 2

Deadline for award nominations is 1st September 2017