Attending ASCN UK Annual Conference, 9th – 11th September 2018: Made Easy!

Find out about various funding options available to attend conference!

Clinicians may be helped to attend conference via a number of different channels, either by self-funding, support from their Trust/healthcare organization, bursary from the Jean Preston Education Fund within ASCN UK or sponsorship from industry. This Made Easy document has been developed to help you understand the compliance standards held by ASCN UK and update you on changes affecting some of our industry partners in providing an ethical and credible learning environment.

Click here for an easy overview of several options that might be available to you.

Advanced Stoma Care Module at University of East Anglia now open for applications!

The long awaited Level 7 online Advanced Stoma Care Module at the University of East Anglia is now open for applications!

The online course will commence in January 2019 and can be taken as a stand-alone option offering 40 credits. To apply or register your interest, please click here.

If you are already considering a postgraduate certificate in Advanced Professional Practice or a three-year Masters of Science in Advanced Professional Practice, we recommend taking the core module ‘Using Evidence to Lead and Enhance Practice’ alongside the Advanced Stoma Care module which will be available from September 2018. For more information click here and scroll down.

You can also see more details on the course in our recent module update here. If you have any questions, please email Gabby on

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?
Sharon Fillingham - Psychosexual and Gender Therapist, RN; BSc (Hons) Colorectal Nursing; MSc Human Sexuality; Diploma Counselling; Diploma RZT
'Breaking down barriers in gender expression'

Sharon has been working in the field of Urology since 1978. Whilst a ward sister Sharon qualified as a stoma care nurse and now works as a Urinary Diversion CPF (Clinical Practice Facilitator) and Psychosexual and Gender therapist at UCLH. Her NHS role involves teaching nurses who are caring for individuals having bladder reconstructive surgery.

As a ward sister she became concerned that patients who were undergoing surgical procedures for gender issues, fertility and sexual function, received little or no counselling. This led her to train as a counselling therapist. She studied for her MSc in Human Sexuality. Sharon also works part time as a Gender and Psychosexual therapist in the NHS and the private sector.

Sharon is nurse advisor for the Urostomy Association and the Mitrofanoff Support. Also the Co- editor of Urological Nursing: 2nd and 3rd Editions.
Corinne Power - Acting Head of Nursing at Manchester Health and Care Commissioning, NHS England
'Leading Change, Adding Value: positioning nursing, midwifery and care staff as leaders to design the future, whilst using their influence to manage the challenges of today through the use of technology and data'

Corinne was previously Acting Head of Nursing at Manchester Health and Care Commissioning which is a partnership between Manchester City Council and NHS Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group. She commenced in her national role as Lead Nurse – Strategic Programmes and Business at NHS England in June 2018. Her portfolio includes being the operational lead for the national framework for nursing, midwifery and care staff – Leading Change, Adding Value.
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.
Pam Kehoe - Lead Admiral Nurse, Clinics and Awareness Raising, Dementia UK
'Collaborative care for patients'

Pam joined the Dementia UK team as the Lead Admiral Nurse for Clinics and Awareness raising in November 2017.

She has been a Mental Health Nurse for over twenty nine years, and has had a special interest in Working with people with Dementia and their family carers since 1992.

She has held specialist posts within the field of Dementia since 1995, and as an Admiral Nurse in both a community setting, and more recently in an acute hospital where she was the Consultant Admiral Nurse.
She enjoys teaching, training and mentoring, and has had the opportunity to teach and train both locally and nationally, including The University of Manchester on their pre registration and post registration nursing programmes, and in the statutory, voluntary and private sector.

She has been fortunate to have received a number of National awards, and was a finalist in the 2016 Nursing Times Nurse of the year awards.

Pam has a real understanding for supporting people with Dementia, and their loved ones in a meaningful way, and has a real passion for person centred and relationship centred care. She feels very privileged to be able to work with people with Dementia and their loved ones, and to be welcomed into their lives when they are most vulnerable.
Justine Tomlinson - Lead Admiral Nurse, Clinics and Awareness Raising, Dementia UK
'Collaborative care for patients'

My career commenced in the NHS in 1986, where I started work in the stroke rehabilation team at Nottingham City Hospital, this lead Iinto cardiac/ thoracic arena and eventually working alongside the lead for pacemakers inplants and cardiac rehabiltiaion. Whilst in cardiology I trained to become a cardiographer with a pivital role in the resusitation team..
My nursing career developed across multiple areas of specisiism leading me to my RMN training, which enabled me to work in various community and hospital roles across Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire, predominatly on the complex care of the elderly, which sparked my interest in cognitive disorders/ dementia.

Many years followed in the Dementia field where I decided to specilise and it was a natural progression to become an Admiral Nurse in April 2013.

Currently I work alonside two colleagues and we collectively raise awareness and faciliate specilist one to one Admiral nurse clinics across the UK to meet the complexities of caring for someone with Dementia.
Joy Notter - Professor of Community Health Care Services, Birmingham City University
'The importance of the specialism of a SCN nurse and how this impacts on patient care'

Professor Joy Notter is Professor of Community Health Care at Birmingham City University, where she has worked for the last 25 years. Her clinical background is nursing, she trained in the Nightingale Training School at St Thomas’ Hospital, London where she then remained and worked as a charge nurse on a cardiology ward before moving on to training as a health visitor. Once qualified, she worked in the London Borough of Lambeth in both Stockwell and Brixton. She gained a Masters degree in Social Research from the University of Surrey, and her PhD from the University of Wales, College of Medicine, Cardiff .

Her research is based in nursing research and education research /development projects in the field of capacity building in nurse education and training. For over a decade she worked part-time in the Netherlands in a University of Applied Science, where as a research professor, her remit was to support the development of research based practice in health and social care and to develop clinically based research.

She has presented papers at numerous national and international conferences, in countries across Europe, America, Canada, Australia, Indonesia and Vietnam. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, UK, and was a member of their council for the palliative care forum, she is a Past President of the European Association for Cancer Education, a member of Sigma That Tau, the Honor Society of nurse leaders, and in 2012, she was awarded a campaign medal for services to health by the Vietnamese Government, and in December 2017 she becomes an honorary professor at Hanoi Medical University. She has been a member of the Royal College of Nursing UK for over 40 years.
Gabby Thorpe - Lecturer in Colorectal & Stoma Care Nursing at University of East Anglia
'ASCN Stoma Care Course - A specialist Course Available to Everyone; Designed by Us the Specialists '

Gabby is Lecturer in Colorectal and Stoma Care Nursing at UEA in Norwich. She is a Trustee of the Bowel Disease Research Foundation, Vice-Chair of the Association of Coloproctology Nurses’ Group and ACPGBI R&A Committee Nurse Representative.
Mandie Lavin - Director General, British Healthcare Trades Association
'BHTA Update '

Mandie is a Registered Nurse and Practising Barrister, she qualified at Guys Hospital in 1987. She is a member of Middle Temple, having been called to the Bar in 1993. As a nurse she worked in Greenwich and after qualifying as a Barrister she worked in medico-legal roles in Peterborough and in the Anglia and Oxford Region. At the UKCC, now the NMC, she was in charge of fitness to practise and then progressed to a range of standards and regulatory roles across pharmacy, law and optics. She has contributed to a range of public enquiries, including the Shipman Enquiry. She is an experienced CEO and has recently joined the BHTA as the Director General, where she is at the helm of one of the oldest and most widely respected trades associations in the healthcare and assistive technology sector.

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

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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