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