11th National Gastrointestinal Nursing Conference


8:30 AM - 9:00 AM


9:10 AM - 9:50 AM

Current Developments in IBD Care

Cath Stansfield, Lead Advanced Practitioner, Salford Royal NHS Trust

The aim of the talk is to provide the audience with insight into the current challenges in IBD care for specialist nursing teams

9:50 AM - 10:30 AM

Assessment Skills in Clinical Practice

Adrian Jugdoyal, Senior Lecturer, Brunel University

Patient communications, appropriate consultation frameworks, examination skills and diagnostic reasoning provide deeper insight and can improve patient satisfaction and outcomes. Recognising and understanding stigmata from the physical and chemical insults of the gastrointestinal system can improve the nurse/patient relationship.

10:30 AM - 10:50 AM

Morning break

11:30 AM - 12:10 PM

Supporting the self-management of distress experienced by young adults with a stoma due to IBD

Dr Benjamin Saunders, Senior Lecturer in Health , Keele University

Young adults, aged 18-35, who have a stoma due to IBD commonly experience distress due to body image concerns, sexual difficulties and lowered self-esteem. Early and effective support may reduce the risk that these young adults will develop depression. In our previous research young adults reported the desire for age-appropriate online resources to support self-management of stoma-related distress. In this presentation I will discuss ongoing research in which we are collaborating with young adults with a stoma, healthcare professionals and IBD/stoma charities, to co-produce a digital intervention to support the self-management of distress experienced by young adults following stoma surgery

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch break

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Endoscopy Pre-assessment

Sara Santos, Senior Nurse Endoscopist, St. Thomas’ Hospital

In this session, while there will be an overview of patient pathways and endoscopy procedures, the focus will remain in Endoscopy pre-assessment. Endoscopy pre-assessment has been proven to increase patient safety, reduce cancellations and increase concordance with bowel preparation instructions. However, not all Endoscopy Units have the facilities and/or resources to set it as part of their routine service and thus, it becomes relevant to see an example of how pre-assessment can work, its benefits, most common challenges and how to address these.

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Types of Capsule Endoscopy and its Role in Pathways

Sara Santos, Senior Nurse Endoscopist, St. Thomas’ Hospital

Dean Borrow, Capsule Endoscopy Practitioner , St Thomas' Hospital

Kay Ortiz, Practice Development Nurse, St Thomas' Hospital

In this session, an overview will be given about the different types of Capsule Endoscopy, its indications and contra-indications. Through case scenarios, one will explore its link as an alternative test to Endoscopy, in the most common patient pathways. An update regarding colon capsule, its role on the LGI Faster Diagnosis Standard will also be provided and challenges in setting up this service will also be provided.

3:10 PM - 3:30 PM

Afternoon Break

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Metabolic Ill- health and lifestyle advice (MILA)

Gerri Mortimore, Associate Professor, University of Derby

For a number of people, January heralds the start of a ‘new year -new you’

This presentation will examine the importance of diet on health and what we can do as health professionals to improve our overall health and wellbeing. It will examine the relationship of sugar in the diet and what we can do to limit sugar intake and highlight the importance of sleep and stress on our health.

The information gained from this presentation may potentially alter our own dietary habits and can be utilised to inform our patients to make healthier choices.

4:00 PM - 4:10 PM

Close of conference