Programme announced for 2021



8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Registration and Refreshments

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM - Session 1

Bowel cancer screening and diagnosis

Margaret Vance, Gastroenterology Nurse Consultant, St Mark's Hospital, London

In March 2020 the COVID pandemic led to a national lockdown and the disruption of clinical services throughout the NHS. Endoscopy units were closed to all but the most urgent of in patients as NHS staff were redeployed to ITU and wards to care for patients with COVID. The national bowel cancer screening programmes, FIT and bowel scope, were halted, leaving participants in the system who has positive FIT tests and a large backlog of participants due for call and recall.

This presentation will describe the process of both ceasing and restarting the screening programme, the clinical governance processes developed and implemented to triage screening patients, identifying those most at risk, and what mechanisms were put in place to protect the screening programme in the future.

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM - Session 1

Using patient feedback to help shape services: lessons from inflammatory bowel disease nursing

Lisa Younge, IBD Nurse Consultant, St Mark's Hospital, London

Providing healthcare services for people living with long term conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) includes providing opportunity for patient feedback and involvement in co-production for service development. Listening to our patients helps us to develop services which meet their needs and can in turn increase engagement. IBD teams in the UK have embraced patient involvement although the challenges of delivering services which truly reflect this can be difficult to overcome. This talk will aim to provide an overview of relevant patient involvement tools and support available to us as nurses, and discuss how we might use these in practice.

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM - Session 1

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Morning Refreshments

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM - Session 2

Eating disorders: practical assessment and impact on the GI system

Sonya Chelvanayagam, Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing, Bournemouth University

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM - Session 2

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM - Session 2

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch and Exhibition Viewing

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM - Session 3

Managing incontinence: the theory and what works in practice

Ellie Bradshaw, Community CNS Gastroenterology, Royal Free Hospital, London

A theoretical examination of current continence management strategies, and discussion on which combination of methods can work successfully in clinical practice. The talk will cover continence strategies using dietary manipulation, pharmacotherapy, irrigation and containment.

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM - Session 3

Supporting self-care in IBD patients

Sharon Gethins, IBD Nurse Specialist, University Hospitals of Leicester

Being diagnosed and managing IBD presents itself with many different challenges for individuals and their families on a day to day basis.

Self-care is and needs to be seen as central to the management of IBD. The aim is to explore what and why selfcare is important and how nurses can contribute and provide support to individuals, working with patients to develop plans that suit their needs. Exploring personalised plans to their medical management. Looking at not just the condition itself but how we look at individuals as a person and not a diagnosis. Share ideas of how services can be reviewed, adapted and implemented to meet patients’ needs.

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM - Session 3

Prescribing within Stoma Care

Carolyn Swash, Community Stoma Care Nurse, Hollister

This presentation will explore the following topics relating to prescribing within the field of stoma care:

  1. Prescription exemptions. How to ensure that your patient is having the costs of the prescription met correctly
  2. Exploration of patient wants, needs and requirements when determining what should be prescribed for the patient.
  3. How to manage patient expectations
  4. Effective communication with GPs and prescribing services
  5. Working with CCGs
  6. The Stoma Care Nurse as a prescriber

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Afternoon Refreshments

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM - Session 4

Diagnosis and management of Barrett's oesophagus

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Session 4

COVID-19 and the future of gastrointestinal nursing: panel discussion