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).
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