Natasha Rolls began her nursing career at St Thomas’ hospital in London and, after qualifying, worked in both medicine and surgery before becoming a ward sister and then taking the post of stoma care nurse, covering both sites at guys and St Thomas’.
She then left the capital as her family grew and took a career break to raise her children, before completing a ‘back to practice’ qualification in 2012.
She returned to colorectal surgical nursing at Gloucester Royal Hospital and then took a post of Stoma Care Nurse Specialist at UHBW, Bristol Royal Infirmary, in 2015.
I 2017 she progressed to Lead Stoma Care Nurse Specialist and has been focussed on her determination to bring service improvement and positive recognition to the team. As a leading member of a task force committed to raising the profile of the stoma care nursing profession Natasha has co-authored a paper which provides guidance for leaders in commissioning best practice services and exposing the value of expert stoma care nurses. This work led to Natasha and her co-authors being awarded BjN stoma care nurse of the year 2020.
She presents regularly, winning ASCN best oral presenter in 2019, and has written and presented through many mediums including national webinars on a variety of stoma care related subjects such as skin health, using validated tools and helping ostomates to adapt and thrive following stoma formation. Natasha is an enthusiastic advocate for patients, is passionate about ‘busting the stoma stigma’ and is determined to improve services with the patient at the front and centre, believing that this can only happen through collaboration with ‘experts by experience'.
She has also been known to contribute to a podcast, or two, and is as passionate about the nursing profession as she is about nursing and will mount her soap box on the subject given even half a chance.
In her spare time, she has 4 (nearly adult) children, 2 dogs, 5 ducks and a very patient husband, is an Agatha Christie devotee and red wine connoisseur.