Stoma Care Competency Frameworks

ASCN UK have complied and are happy to share with you the following competency Framework, these are in an format that can be downloaded and/or completed online.

  • Stoma Care Competency Framework Band 2 Stoma Care
  • Stoma Care Competency Framework Band 4 Stoma Care
  • Stoma Care Competency Framework Band 6 Stoma Care
  • Stoma Care Competency Framework Band 7 Stoma Care

Please visit the members area to access these.  If you would like printed version pleae contact

BJN Stoma Care Nurse of the Year – Accepting Nominations

The formation of a stoma can be a distressing and painful experience for a patient. The stoma care nurse plays a vital role in ensuring they are well informed and after care is managed appropriately. The BJN Stoma Care Nurse of the Year award champions these nurses and the excellent work they are doing in looking after these patients.

For this category, please consider:

  • What has this nurse contributed to stoma care nursing?
  • How has this contribution impacted patient care?
  • How can this contribution benefit stoma care nursing as a whole?
  • What evidence (if any) is there to support this contribution?


Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Has the candidate has achieved something special in her/his nursing career and hasit benefited patient care?
  • Does the candidate demonstrate a particular individual approach to patients using the essentials of compassionate care and best evidence?
  • Has the candidate introduced or developed an innovative or creative idea that clearly shows her/his nursing care has gone that little bit further than just ‘doing a good job’?
  • Does the candidate’s subject area for the award fit into the appropriate category?
  • Is there written evidence or a description of the nurse’s achievement that can be backed up by further evidence and proof of implementation?

Click here to enter your nomination, entries will close on 19th November 2019.

Awards Ceremony will take place on Friday 20th March 2020.


We would like to share ASCN UK’s condolences at the sad news of the passing of Jean Preston on Friday 17th May 2019.

Jean Preston (RGN, SCN,Bsc Hons), was an eminent Stoma Care Nurse who dedicated her professional career to the care of patients with a stoma.  Jean worked for nearly 30 years within the Northumbria NHS Trust running both the Stoma Care and Breast Care Service.

Having initially set up and ran stoma care and breast care study days, she then developed and ran a specialist ENB 980 stoma care short course for 6 years. Jean undertook an active role in WCET UK, as treasurer for 5 years and then WCET UK Chairperson and UK International Delegate from 1997-2001. During this time, she created the quarterly WCET UK newsletter and introduced and developed the stoma care conference.

As a Founder member of ECET (European Council of Enteral Therapists) from 2003, she held the Vice President post until 2007 and then Education Officer 2007-2013 and was one of the key individuals behind its inaugural conference.

Jean believed that ‘education is a continuous cycle that should be shared and utilized by the nurse specialist’ and that ‘knowledge is the vehicle that can empower those providing care’.

With this ethos in mind in 2010 ASCN UK set up the Jean Preston Fund with the unique purpose of offering financial support for its members for any stoma care specialist professional educational.  The Jean Preston fund enables any full member of ASCN to apply for an Education Grant which can be used towards developing their personal knowledge or service to patients with a stoma.

Jean was described by her colleagues as having a quiet disposition, but she was a determined individual and was depicted as having the “ability to get things done without being forceful. She was passionate about the development and progression of stoma care services to patients, as well as the recognition of stoma care nursing expertise”.

Jean will forever be remembered by ASCN UK, may she rest in peace.

Congratulations to Andrew Bird on winning BJN’s Stoma Care Nurse of the Year

We would like to congratulate Andrew Bird, Nottingham University Hospitals, on his recent success at the BJN Awards.  Andrew was awarded the BJN’s Stoma Care Nurse of the Year award at the awards ceremony earlier this month.  ASCN UK’s Chair, Maddie White, was delighted to be there to present Andrew with his deserving award.

Congratulations also go to the runner up’s:

  • Second place: Annalyn Manalastas, Coloplast Ltd
  • Third place: Amanda Gunning, Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

Market Research

It has come to our attention that there is a Market Research Company called Healthcare Fieldwork, who may contact you to ask you to take part in some research.  In addition to the payment to the nurse, that they would give £10 towards ASCN UK for each nurse who takes part.

ASCN UK would like to ensure that you were aware that they have not sought or gained our approval to do this.  ASCN UK have not endorsed this research nor given approval for them to contact you.

It is entirely up to you in your professional capacity if you wish to take part, however, any nurse who takes part should ensure that this is not done in their NHS or company work time unless expressly permitted by their manager, especially as the research company are paying the nurse.  Also know that the research is not endorsed by ASCN UK.

ASCN UK are going to request that the member companies of the BHTA are aware that any future research with Healthcare Fieldwork, involving our charity name must be approved by ourselves first.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to one of the committee.

Colostomy UK are looking for a Finance Trustee / Treasurer

Colostomy UK are looking for a Finance Trustee / Treasurer. someone who has a recognised accounting qualification, bringing with them a wealth of experience. As a trustee you will give direction to our charity and along with other trustees are ultimately responsible for its activities. Please be aware this is an unpaid role, however expenses will be covered.

For further information please email or call 0118 939 1537

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

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