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February 2018 Newsletter

27 February 2018 (Last updated: 30 Jan 2020 11:07)

ASCN UK's attention has been brought to the fact that many of our members aren't receiving our newsletters as these are going into your spam/junk folders. In light of this, we are re-sending a newsletter that was sent to you on February 27th, via another mailing platform to ensure everyone receives ASCN UK's newsletters.

We ask for the attention of members who haven't completed the Safeguarding Questionnaire, to please do so at your earliest convenience - it should take you no more than two minutes. Please click here to complete the questionnaire or scroll down for more information.

In this issue:

  • Annual Conference News
  • Submit an Abstract
  • Safeguarding Questionnaire
  • Urology Masterclass
  • A refresh on the MedTech Guidelines
  • We are MedTech approved!
  • Events Update
  • Gluocodrate Withdrawal
  • New Book: FAP
  • Know your Honorary Officers

Welcome to ASCN UK newsletter for February 2018.  Through our newsletters, ASCN UK aims to bring you updates from the Association, the latest Annual Conference activity as well as updates from across the stoma care community that we think our members might like to be informed of.  We hope you will find this newsletter to be a great source of useful information. It is also a reminder that this year’s conference is drawing near and I hope that we will see as many of you as possible and that your own arrangements are underway. Please remember that the Jean Preston Fund is available should you require help with funding.  Visit our website for further information.

Maddie White
Chair, ASCN UK

2018 Annual Conference News

As you receive this, there are just 194 days until this year’s Annual Conference, for which planning is already well underway!
The 2018 Conference will be held at the ICC, Birmingham with this year’s theme being ‘Breaking Barriers and Enhancing Relationships’.  The focus of our conference will address the issues surrounding healthy relationships for all who are affected by and operate within, the stoma care community.  The conference will once again build on our success to date, to showcase innovative research and best clinical practice in stoma care, from across the UK.  We would like to share with you that we have some great keynote speakers lined up for our 2018 conference.  They include an innovative and exciting speaker who is a psychosexual nurse specialist, eminent colorectal surgeons and our very own peers who are raising the profile in the care of patients with dementia.  So, watch this space and we will be bringing you more on this in the very near future ……..   
Registration for the conference is now open! Please register before Friday 20th July to qualify for the Early Bird Registration Rate.  To register please click here.
We are delighted to confirm there are several Awards available at this year’s conference.  Full details on how to apply for these awards can be found here.
For further conference updates, please click here.

Submit an Abstract to the Annual Conference

This is your chance to share the great work and developments you have achieved in your own practice.  The ASCN UK Annual Conference is the only forum that enables sharing of best practice from across the UK. With the largest attendance of SCN’s in one room, what better opportunity for you to promote your service or research and demonstrate this as part of your CPD.
The submission system for the ASCN UK 2018 Annual Conference is now open. Abstracts must be submitted no later than 1st June 2018.
Abstracts are invited on all aspects of stoma care, including:

  • Case Study
  • Collaborative Team Working
  • Education
  • Political
  • Research
  • Service Development/Evaluation
  • Other

For full details and further information on how to submit an abstract, please click here.

Submit an abstract today!

Safeguarding Questionnaire 

Safeguarding has been high on the agenda for ASCN UK, but unfortunately due to the high quality and volume of abstracts last year we were unable to include anything on the programme in 2017. In preparation for the 2018 conference, we would very much appreciate if you could spend a few moments answering the following baseline questions on safeguarding. 

Click here to tell us about your experiences.

Urology Masterclass - Monday 21st May

Following the huge success of our 2017 Urology Masterclass in Birmingham, we are delighted to announce we will be running the Masterclass again on 21st May at the New Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.  Attendance is limited to 40 places and is free of charge to ASCN UK Members.  We are delighted to offer priority attendance to ASCN UK Members.  Please note that after 12 March, registration for the Masterclass will be opened up to non-members at £20 per attendee, so book early!
To register for the Masterclass, please click here.

A refresh on the MedTech Guidelines

MedTech Europe Code of Ethical Business practice sets strict, clear and transparent rules for industry‘s relationship with health care professionals (HCP’s) and health care organisations (HCO’s), including support to company organised events, research and financial support to medical education.  For details on how to obtain Funding for Education and other CPD activities from 1st January 2018, click here to download the BHTA Flyer ASCN UK  .
Why not ask your line manager to confirm your attendance at ASCN UK 2018 and what funding options are available to you?  For details on funding options available through ASCN UK please visit

We are MedTech approved!

EthicalMedTech is a platform, supported by MedTech Europe, dedicated to ethics and compliance projects in the MedTech industry.  We are delighted and really proud to announce that the 6th ASCN UK Annual Conference IS COMPLIANT

Glucodrate Withdrawal

Glucodrate is a food for special medical purposes for use in the dietary management of short bowel-associated intestinal failure and intestinal insufficiency in adults.  Glucodrate was approved by ACBS in March 2016 and launched in the UK in January 2017.  It has now been withdrawn from the market, effective Monday 5 February 2018. For further details click here.

Events Update

We have recently updated our events listing on the ASCN UK website. Be sure to have a look at all upcoming events ASCN UK are proud to support. Find out more..

Book Launch - Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP)

We wish to highlight to our members, a recently published book, available in UK and Ireland, by a young lady who suffers from the rare genetic condition, Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP).  The book is a from the heart description of her thoughts and feelings as she came to the realisation that her life was going to perhaps follow a much different path from the one that she had envisaged. A compelling facebook blog can be found at
The book, entitled "Trouble with my Genes", is published and available from the website here.

Membership Renewal

When your membership is due to renew, you will be emailed by In Conference with an access key which you will be required to input during the renewal process. We kindly ask that you do not renew your membership until you have received the reminder email from In Conference.  For all membership enquiries, please contact  Thank you!