Jennie has worked in St Mark’s hospital for over 20 year and in colorectal nursing for longer than that. Jennie has experience in stoma care, research, enhanced recovery after colorectal surgery and is now working in post graduate nurse education. She has recently set up a BSc in gastrointestinal care and hopes to also run this at masters level. Jennie enjoys writing and has been involved in multiple journal publications, book chapters and book editing. Jennie has a degree and masters in gastrointestinal nursing and is currently undertaking a PhD, looking into anterior resection syndrome. Jennie's Twitter: @jenburch24
To date Julia’s educational and research profile spans over 25 years, demonstrating a commitment to the development of academic nursing, ensuring the delivery of knowledge in a meaningful way. As PG Dip Programme Leader, quality assurance in the relation to the student experience is essential. Through educational innovation and leadership, a compassionate nurse, can be ready to practice. Julia’s area of clinical interest lies within colo-rectal nursing. Having worked as a specialist and lead nurse for many years, Julia now makes contribution to research with a focus on understanding the patients experience within this specialist field. Recent doctoral studies sought to define knowledge and skills translation within specialist nursing practice. Using a qualitative approach, this work identified the possession of specialist knowledge and skills but a lack of emotional intelligence in order to translate it in a manner comprehensible to the patient. Julia is currently Module Leader for three research modules within the nursing programmes offered at Bucks New University, at level 5, 6 and 7. These modules introduce students to approaches in research, enabling them to demonstrate critical thinking and an understanding of the research process. An awareness of different learning styles has equipped Julia to offer creative teaching to best enhance the students grasp of research. Julia’s role also includes dissertation supervision for both undergraduate and postgraduate nursing students. Current activities outside of the University include; External examiner for University of Hull, Consultant Editor for Gastrointestinal Nursing Journal (GIN) editorial board member for British Journal of Nursing (BJN). Julia's Twitter: @juliawill304
Lisa completed her nurse training at the North London College of Health Studies, London, UK. She has over 20 years experience working as an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) nurse specialist and has been responsible for the creation and development of IBD nursing services at The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust, St Mark’s Hospital/LNWH NHS Trust and most recently The Royal London Hospital, Barts Health. Lisa has published on topics including IBD treatment and the contribution of specialist nurses to the management of patients with inflammatory bowel disease, and has contributed in a number of collaborative publications looking at the provision of IBD care both nationally and internationally, including N-ECCO consensus statements for IBD nurses, the 2019 BSG guidelines and ECCO standards of care. She currently represents the RCN on the IBDUK board, who have recently updated the UK IBD Standards of Care. She is actively involved with education of both pre and post registration nurses regarding management of IBD, and delivery of specialist services. She has had active roles within organisations related to the specialty of IBD, including as secretary for the Royal College of Nursing IBD Special Interest group, Nurse Representative for the British Society of Gastroenterology IBD Section and Chair of N-ECCO. Since March 2019 she has been employed as Project Manager, IBD Nursing, with Crohn’s & Colitis UK, working with Isobel Mason and the charity’s Health Service Development Team on their campaign ‘More IBD Nurses – Better Care’, aiming to increase IBD nursing numbers throughout the UK and standardise training and support for nurses in post. Lisa's Twitter: @LisaYounge2
Jennifer qualified in 2007 from University College Dublin after a 4-year degree programme, before working in St Vincent’s University Hospital for 6 years, in colorectal, hepatobiliary and intensive care. In 2013, Jennifer moved to the UK to work in the Marie Curie Hospice, Hampstead for just under 3 years. She then worked for a short 6 months on the liver unit at Royal Free Hospital and for the next 2 years comanaged the liver day unit at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington. The opportunity came up to move to the Royal Free Hospital as a hepatology clinical nurse specialist. Since then, Jennifer has created a specialist nurse-led clinic within a multidisciplinary service to improve patient care in non-alcoholic fatty live disease. She holds an interest in consumable management for cost reduction with effective and safe care, and she aims to set up a nurse-led paracentesis service in the future. Jennifer has a keen specialist interest in palliative care support for all decompensated hepatology patients. Jennifer's Twitter: @jelce22
Claire was first appointed as a Colorectal Cancer CNS in 1996. She currently works as the Macmillan Nurse Consultant at St Mark’s Hospital London. Her main clinical role involves supporting patients with locally-advanced and recurrent colorectal cancer who are referred to the complex cancer service for consideration of pelvic exenterative surgery. She is also Trust lead for ‘Living well with and beyond cancer’. She remains a Lecturer in Gastrointestinal Nursing at King’s College London. She is involved in several research projects which include managing the consequences of colorectal cancer treatment and developing effective and sustainable lifestyle interventions for ostomates. She chairs the National Nurses Colorectal Cancer Network and is a steering group member of several other national and European groups. In June 2019 she was awarded an MBE for her services to Colorectal Cancer Nursing. Claire's Twitter: @claire_taylor22
Cathy Carroll is the palliative care clinical nurse specialist for liver services at the Royal Free Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. She works within the inpatient hospital setting helping patients with life limiting liver disease to improve their quality of life and plan for their future care. She works collaboratively with the liver services and with community services to achieve best possible outcomes for patients and those close to them. Prior to working within palliative care her clinical background was in Intensive care nursing (liver intensive care) and neurosurgical nursing.
Patient with experience of major complications after elective surgery.
Gerri Mortimore is a Registered General Nurse with over 37 years’ experience, spanning both acute medical and surgical nursing within the UK and abroad. This has given her unique perspective which can be applied to various settings. For the last 3 years she has worked in an academic role as a Post Graduate lecturer in Advanced Practice, teaching advanced practice skills to allied health professionals. Prior to this, Gerri worked as the Lead Clinical Nurses Specialist in Hepatology and set up nurse led clinics in alcohol/fatty liver/autoimmune liver disease/viral hepatitis and Haemochromatosis. In addition, she organised surveillance for all cirrhotic liver patients, in line with NICE Guidance and set up a nurse led paracentesis service. She was also actively involved in medical, nursing and allied professional health teaching as well as audit and research. This expert knowledge in liver disease, has enabled Gerri to publish widely in many nursing, prescribing and medical journals. In addition, she has a National profile and has been involved in writing Quality Standards and NICE Guidelines. Gerri is now Undertaking her PhD.
Steve Mann qualified in 1989 from The Medical School, University of Manchester. Since 2003 he has been a Consultant Gastroenterologist at Barnet Hospital, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust and Honorary Senior Lecturer at UCL Division of Medicine, University College London. Steve is currently the Trust Lead for Clinical Nutrition, Clinical Lead for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, and Endoscopy Training Lead and has a large teaching and training commitment being an Educational Supervisor and Clinical Supervisor for a number of postgraduate trainees. Steve has written over 40 publications for peer reviewed journals, 30 published abstracts, and has presented over 40 posters to national and international conferences.
Pat Black’s retirement from the NHS came after she had spent the final 2.5 years of her career in the Academic Unit as Senior lecturer at St Mark’s Hospital. In 2017 Pat received the Lifetime Achievement award by the British Journal of Nursing for her work that was swiftly followed with an MBE for services to stoma care nursing. Shortly after this she completed her PhD. Pat is currently an elected Governor of the Royal Marsden hospital and a trustee for another charity. In between she continues to write and is currently co-writing a book with a colleague, she prides herself on being living proof that Retirement is no sinecure!
Isobel Mason works as a Nurse Consultant in Gastroenterology, at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust leading gastroenterology nursing services. The department is one of the busiest nurse specialist services in the Trust and involves 16 nurse specialists and practitioners working as part of the multidisciplinary team in all areas of gastroenterology and nutrition nursing. Isobel leads the service, supporting and developing nurses and making strategic decisions about improving and advancing nursing practice. Her clinical role previously included busy inflammatory bowel disease nursing service which is now run day-to-day by three other nurse specialists. Isobel also runs clinics for patients with dyspepsia, coeliac disease, iron deficiency anaemia and a family history of colorectal cancer. She also works alongside other nurse consultants within the Trust developing frameworks and educational events for those in advanced and specialist roles. Isobel was chair of the RCN Crohn’s and Colitis special interest group until January 2009 and in this role represented the RCN in the development of the original Quality Care Standards for IBD care and published the first national audit of IBD nursing activity. She was chair of the RCN Gastrointestinal Nursing Forum from May 2011 until May 2019 and her work with the Forum resulted in the RCN Award of Merit in 2018. In 2016, she started a secondment with Crohns & Colitis UK, to lead and shape their IBD nursing strategy. Launched with an impactful campaign ‘More nurses – Better care’ Isobel’s role involves national campaigning, supporting nurses currently in post across the UK, developing career frameworks and case load modelling in advanced and specialist practice and patient co-production. The aim is that, across the UK 95% of charity supporters, have access to IBD specialist nursing services. Isobel's Twitter: @isobelgastro
Yvette Perston trained in Cardiff qualifying in 1983. She became a surgical ward sister in 1985 in Swansea, on a gastrointestinal and vascular ward. In 1989 she became a stoma care nurse covering 3 DGHs and the county of West Glamorgan with a colleague. In 1994 she moved back to Cardiff to set up a colorectal department at Llandough University Hospital. During 18 years in Cardiff she established a Colorectal Nursing department which provided inpatient; outpatient and community care for patients with colorectal problems. She has been the Functional Bowel CNS at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for the last 7 years.
Adrian is currently a senior lecturer at Middlesex University. He teaches across the Nursing Curriculum, in the post-registration team as well as teaching addictions. He specialises in clinical assessments, and liver and alcohol health; and has been involved in the recent NICE guidelines for ‘Alcoholic Hepatitis’, ‘Alcohol-Use Disorders and Diagnosis and Management of Physical Complications' and the RCEM ‘Alcohol Toolkit’. He used to work for CQC for site inspections as well as an APN in ED, Acute Medicine, Hepatology and Addictions. Adrian is the current President of the International Nurses Society in Addictions (UK Chapter) (IntNSA), a member of the MCA's Education Committee (Medical Council on Alcohol), a full committee member of British Liver Nurses Association (BLNA) and Advanced Member of The International Society of Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Professionals (ISSUP). He is a member of the Drug and Alcohol Nurses of Australia (DANA), British Association for the Study of the Liver (BASL), British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG) and the Society of Acute Medicine. Adrian is heavily involved in projects in the UK and around the world, working o towards widening the awareness of SUD and liver disease to none specialist practitioners and breaking down silos in both academia and clinical practice. Adrian's Twitter: @AJugdoyal1
Conchi Capilla-Díaz graduated nursing school in 2003 following this she worked in different hospitals and cities across Spain as a nurse. Due to Employment Instability in her country Conchi started her Phd in 2012 with the topic of: “The experience of having a digestive stoma: qualitative metasynthesis and analysis of nursing diagnoses” whilst completing her doctorate Conchi worked in ITU at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, London for almost 3 years. In 2016 Conchi took up a position at the University of Granada (Campus Ceuta) where she continues to work as an associated Professor, specialism in Palliative Care and Pharmacology.
Jackie has over 20 years’ experience working in health policy, campaigns and development. At Crohn’s & Colitis UK, she has taken a leading role in IBD Standards-related activities, including coordination of the IBD Standards 2013 Update and the new 2019 IBD Standards and IBD Benchmarking Tool. She was on the Steering Group for the IBD Audit Programme and has co-authored publications for Guidelines in Practice and Frontline Gastroenterology in addition to patient-facing materials, including My Crohn’s & Colitis Care. Crohn’s & Colitis UK chair and provide the secretariat for IBD UK, a partnership of 17 professional and patient organisations, which includes the Royal College of Nursing, British Society of Gastroenterology and Association of Coloproctologists, working together to improve IBD care across the UK.
Rachel has worked in Gastroenterology for 25 years with the last 15 as an IBD nurse following a degree in Gastroenterology and an MSc in advanced practice, more recently Rachel has been accepted for RCN accreditation for advanced practice as a Crohns and Colitis UK specialist nurse. Rachel’s other hat is with the RCGP as a regional IBD champion for the North Of England whereby she aims to build relationships with primary and secondary care and promote the IBD toolkit/ E learning module and flare pathways to enable improved GP IBD care. Rachel's Twitter: @ibdnurse Please note: pharmaceutical companies will be exhibiting at this event and sponsoring some sessions and speakers.