We are pleased to announce the following confirmed keynote speakers for ASCN UK 2018.


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.
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).
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.
Kevin Hodges - Section Support Lead at BHTA
'BHTA Update'

Kevin has over 20 years experience working in the UK Healthcare sector, the majority of this time within the Stoma and continence device segment. He worked for one of the leading Stoma Care companies, set up SureCalm Healthcare and is now supporting the BHTA Stoma Manufacturers & DACs sections interfacing with key stakeholders such as NHSE, DH and the devolved nations.