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 Libby.herbert@colostomyuk.org 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 gabrielle.thorpe@uea.ac.uk.

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 gabrielle.thorpe@uea.ac.uk 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 gabrielle.thorpe@uea.ac.uk

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 ascnuk@in-conference.org.uk.

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.