Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to announce the following confirmed keynote speakers for ASCN UK 2017.


Vikki Garrick - Paediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Nurse Specialist/ GI Specialist Nurse Team Lead
'Transition - demystifying the process'

Vikki became a Sick Children’s nurse in 1995 after working as an adult nurse for 4 years. She was a staff nurse in the paediatric Burns unit for 5 years then took her first nurse specialist post in 2001. She set up the Tissue Viability Nursing service in the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow and continued to run it for another 5 years.

She became the IBD nurse specialist in 2006 where she set up, delivered and managed the specialist nursing service in the Royal hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow. She has since designed and implemented several care pathways and has published her experience of teaching self administration of Methotrexate at home using one of these pathways. She is a keen proponent of MDT working and has worked closely with dietetic colleagues to design and implement an Exclusive Enteral Nutrition Care pathway; this co-ordinated approach has been shown to be of great benefit to the paediatric patient group. More recently she has completed her thesis on the ‘Practical Management of Perianal Crohn’s disease’ and has also published a review on this subject.

Vikki is an advocate for the importance of effective MDT working in the delivery of high quality patient care and is keen to raise the profile of IBD Nurses particularly. She is currently on a working group with Crohn’s & Colitis UK and the Scottish Government looking specifically at this role and is enthusiastic about the outcomes from this project.
Mairead Keegan (RD, BSc)
'Nutritional Management of Stomas'

Mairéad is the dietetic team lead in Hairmyres Hospital, NHS Lanarkshire. She has a specialist interest in the dietetic management of patients with high output stomas (HOS) and has worked in this speciality for 5 years. Mairéad and her MDT have developed a protocol for the management of HOS resulting in improved patient care and will be discussing this today.
Alice Macleod - Nurse Advisor National Procurement NHS National Services Scotland
'How do we identify and manage unwarranted variation in clinical product use?

NHS Scotland National Procurement works in collaboration with Health Boards in Scotland to provide a wide range of goods and services via a series of best value National Contracts and Distribution Services.

Prior to this post, I was a colorectal Advanced Nurse Practitioner and have 25 years experience in a variety of Clinical Nurse Specialist posts within oncology and haematology.
John Anderson
'A collaborative approach to improve colorectal surgical outcomes'

Having graduated from Dundee University’s Medical School in 1983, John Anderson trained in General Surgery in the West of Scotland, spending a year as Visiting Lecturer in Hong Kong. He was appointed Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at Glasgow Royal Infirmary in 1996 and collaborates with Mr John Telfer, Consultant Plastic Surgeon.
Kevin Hodges
'New Regulation and Codes: Understanding the way they will affect Health Care Professionals and Industry working'

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

Mr John Telfer is Consultant Plastic Surgeon at the Canniesburn Plastic Surgery Unit, Glasgow Royal infirmary. He graduated from Edinburgh University in 1985. He trained in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London before taking up a substantive post in Glasgow in 2001. He has considerable experience in many areas of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, but particularly in Gynaecological and Perineal Reconstruction. He has worked closely with the Gynaecologists and Colorectal Surgeons, in particular Mr John Anderson, for the last 16 years managing patients with Cancer and a wide variety of other conditions.
Tracy Russel
'Nutritional Management of Stomas'

I qualified in 1993 with BSc Nutrition and Dietetics at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.

I currently work as a Specialist Dietitian at the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh. My specialist areas include Colorectal surgery and HIV/Infectious diseases. I am working with the MDT in Colorectal surgery on initiatives to improve patient care.
Gabby Thorpe
'Stoma Care Education for Specialist Nurses: Working Together to Advance Practice'

Gabby is a Lecturer in Nursing at UEA, Norwich, with teaching and research interests in qualitative research and colorectal surgical care. Gabby has been a stoma care specialist nurse for over 20 years and is a trustee of the Bowel Disease Research Foundation. She is East Anglian Chapter Nurse Representative for the Association of Coloproctology of GB & Ireland.