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WCET® - ASCN UK 2021 Joint Congress Update

17 Mar 2021

Postponed until 2024

It is with regret that we once again have had to make the very difficult decision to postpone the WCET®-ASCN UK 2021 Joint Congress, which was scheduled to take place in Glasgow, Scotland from 3 – 6 October 2021. The WCET®... Read more

IA Visitors Survey

19 Feb 2021

Long regarded as one of the cornerstones of IA, the opportunity to 'listen, inform and support' those who have had, or are considering, surgery to form an ileostomy or internal pouch, is a very important aspect of the support on offer from... Read more

Colostomy UK Telephone Befriending Service

19 Feb 2021

Colostomy UK are delighted to have launched our new Telephone Befriending Service thanks to funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund. This new service aims to support ostomates who... Read more

STOPPS study: STOma formation - the Perception of Patients and Surgeons on communication

11 Feb 2021

During a Delphi exercise conducted by the Association of Coloproctology Great Britain and Ireland, it was found that many patients were unsatisfied with the communication around stoma formation and felt that it was considered, and as such, discussed... Read more

BJN Awards 2021 Deadline Extended

15 Dec 2020

Monday 11th January 2021

The BJN Awards looks to commemorate hard work, dedication and achievement within the nursing community. If you feel that you or a colleague have gone the extra mile this year to deliver the best possible support to patients, improved patient's... Read more

New Guidelines Available for Download

03 Dec 2020

We are delighted to present three new clinical guidelines in 2020. These are on ileo-anal pouches, Koch pouches and pyoderma gangrenosum. Two of these were presented at the 2020 virtual conference which you can access on demand via the Virtual... Read more

Philip Salt Stoma Care Nurse of the Year Award 2020 Winner - Wendy Osborne

19 Nov 2020


Wendy has worked within the specialism of stoma care for approximately 25 years, initially as a clinical nurse specialist in Oxford, before moving to Cheltenham as Lead Nurse and currently at Coloplast Healthcare. During her 13 years with Coloplast,... Read more

Amended Regulations regarding AUR’s

17 Sep 2020

Following discussions with NHSE and NHSI and the DHSC, as of 1st September 2020, the Advanced and Enhanced Service Directions 2013 regulations has been amended to reflect two changes for Appliance Use Reviews (AURs): Permitting documented... Read more

WCET® Worldwide Education Webinar

27 Aug 2020


Join WCET® 28th October to 30th November for the WCET® Worldwide Education Webinar!  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, WCET® and ASCN UK agreed to regretfully postpone the October 2020 Congress in Glasgow to 3-6... Read more

Tenth Edition of The Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures

29 Jul 2020

The Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures has recently been updated for the Tenth edition. This is a popular Manual used all over the world.  Jackie McPhail, Honorary Secretary ASCN UK, who has an Honorary Contract as a CNS Stoma... Read more

Introducing GINcast: the Gastrointestinal Nursing Podcast

27 Jul 2020

We would like to introduce you to GINcast: the Gastrointestinal Nursing Podcast—the first and only podcast for nurses working in gastroenterology, hepatology and stoma care. Over 18 years, the journal Gastrointestinal Nursing (GIN) has... Read more

6 NEW Clinical Guidelines Now Available to Download

22 Jul 2020

It gives us great pleasure to introduce an additional 6 NEW clinical guidelines to the stoma care fraternity and hope they will be of enormous benefit to nurses involved in the care of ostomates.  The six NEW guidelines were... Read more

6 education bursaries available from IA

30 Jun 2020

UEA Advanced Stoma Care Module (Level 7)

As part of IA’s commitment to the development of the specialist stoma care nursing role, IA is delighted to be funding 6 bursaries This module aims to advance stoma care knowledge across the four pillars of advanced practice... Read more

WCET® - ASCN UK Joint Congress Update

11 Jun 2020

Postponed until 3rd to 6th October 2021

We are pleased to announce that the WCET®-ASCN UK 2021 Joint Congress will be held Sunday-Wednesday, 3rd-6th October 2021 at the Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow, Scotland.   This week Jen Wood, WCET® - ASCN UK... Read more

New article published in the Lancet makes interesting reading

02 Jun 2020

New research helping to inform healthcare staff about performing elective surgery in a Covid era - click here to view Read more

Electronic Repeat Dispensing (ERD)

26 May 2020

People with a stoma may already have Electronic Prescribing set up with their Dispensing Appliance Contractor and may have signed a nomination form for Electronic prescriptions to have this set up with their DAC of choice. Please note that... Read more

Clinical guide to surgical prioritisation during the coronavirus pandemic

27 Apr 2020

This guidance describes levels of surgical priority, covering all surgical specialties with the exception of obstetrics and gynaecology and ophthalmology. Click here  to view the full publication. Read more

NHS England - Speciality guides for patient management during the coronavirus pandemic

23 Apr 2020

Clinical guide for the management of patients requiring endoscopy during the coronavirus pandemic

Please click here to access the Clinical guide for the management of patients requiring endoscopy during the coronavirus pandemic Read more

Medical Device Regulation

17 Apr 2020

On 3 April the European Commission adopted a proposal to postpone by one year the date of application of the Medical Devices Regulation to allow Member States, health institutions and economic operators to prioritise the fight against the COVID-19... Read more

Appliance Use Reviews

16 Apr 2020

There has been a verbal recommendation by NHSE/I, and BHTA endorses this recommendation, that all non-essential patient reviews are suspended at this time. This is to ensure that any transmission risks are mitigated to the patient, to your community... Read more