Adrian Jugdoyal, Chairperson, Senior Lecturer, Brunel University

Adrian is a dual-qualified nurse prescriber and Senior Lecturer. He worked as an ACP in acute and emergency medicine, hepatology and addictions and has developed many nurse-led clinics.  He was the Advanced History and Clinical Assessment module leader and educated nurses and AHCPs to undertake systematic assessments for patients with complex care needs.   Adrian is also involved with the WHO in developing a global nursing curriculum to improve addiction and public health nursing skills, knowledge, and behaviour.  He is also the president-elect (2024-2026) for the International Nurses Society on Addictions, an ICN specialist affiliate status organisation.

Madhoor Ramdeen, Chairperson, Lead Clinical Nurse Specialist - IBD, St Mark’s – The National Bowel Hospital

Hailing from the Southernmost Caribbean Island of Trinidad in 2001, Madhoor arrived at a much bigger island called the United Kingdom (UK) as an international student nurse to undertake her Bachelor of Nursing (Honours). After graduating, Madhoor began her career within the Endoscopy and Gastroenterology specialities. In 2015 she obtained a Master of Science in Advanced Practice Gastrointestinal Nursing at King’s College, London. Madhoor currently leads the nursing service at a world-renowned bowel hospital for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Madhoor has a passion for providing compassionate and quality care while ensuring the individual needs and preferences of each patient is met by tailoring their needs accordingly. Madhoor is a committee member for the global organisation, South Asian IBD Alliance (SAIA), the first patient-clinician collaborative for Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Madhoor is also a fellow on the Dame Elizabeth Anionwu Fellowship for Inclusivity in Nursing and Midwifery. When not at work, Madhoor enjoys travelling to new places with family and friends, enjoying the outdoors, playing badminton, and reading.

Gerri Mortimore, Associate Professor, University of Derby

Gerri is a Nurse with over 40 years’ experience, spanning both acute medical and surgical nursing. In 2021, Gerri was awarded her PhD titled ’advancing health professionals’ knowledge of liver disease’. In 2022, Gerri was promoted to Associate Professor in Advancing Practice by the University of Derby and lectures on MSc advanced practice programme and mentors PhD students. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Current research interest is liver disease and with a focus on metabolic health. In 2021 Gerri, won 2021 BJN Nurse of Year for published guidelines on venesection. In addition to this Gerri works as a Commissioner for the Commission on Human Medicines which advises Ministers on the safety and efficacy of medicines.

Kathy Whayman, Senior Lecturer & Chair of RCN Gastrointestinal Nursing Forum, University of Hertfordshire

Kathy is a Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing at the University of Hertfordshire. Her clinical background is in gastrointestinal nursing, specifically colorectal cancer, when she worked at St Mark’s Hospital from 1999 - 2009. She has been in nursing education since 2005, and worked within the Burdett Institute, on education and nursing research programmes. Her current job involves teaching on nursing practice, clinical skills, gastrointestinal/long term conditions, and end of life care. Kathy is the current Chair of the RCN GI Nursing Forum having joined the steering committee in 2016, developing a special interest in education and nursing research within the specialty.

Pearl Avery, IBD ANP and ANP with specialist interest in gastroenterology, St Marks Specialist Bowel Hospital and Wyke Regis and Lanehouse medical Center

Pearl Avery has had an interest in Gastroenterology since qualifying in 2005 she has been an IBD nurse for 10 years developing an interest in using digital health to improve patient outcomes. This led to secondment to the IBD Registry in 2020. In 2021 pearl joined the St Marks Hospital team now incorporating Nurse research in to a ANP role she works one day weekly at Wyke Regis and Lanehouse Medical Centre as an ANP with specialist interest in gastroenterology. Pearl is undertaking a PhD and is the Nurse representative for the British Society of Gastroenterology IBD section clinical research group

Helen Ludlow, Lead IBD CNS & Clinical Endoscopist, Cardiff & Vale University Health Board

Helen is the lead IBD CNS in Cardiff, having set up the service in her hospital over 19 years ago. She has enjoyed developing herself and others over the years to improve patient care and successfully defended her Doctoral thesis in 2018 regarding the impact of radiotherapy on the lower GI tract. Over the years Helen has held several IBD committee posts and has published extensively in the field of IBD and gastroenterology.

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

Sara Santos is a Senior Nurse Endoscopist at Guy's & St. Thomas’ Hospital, having chosen this role in view of her interest in gastrointestinal medicine and previous Endoscopy experience.

In joint collaboration with her team, she leads diagnostic and therapeutic Endoscopy procedures, such as gastroscopy, colonoscopy/polypectomy, flexible sigmoidoscopy, Trans-nasal Endoscopy and BRAVO. She also leads a Rectal Bleeding Clinic and collaborates on 2WW Telephone Assessment Clinics.

She is currently undertaking a MSc in Advance Practice at King’s College London University. She is a member of the BSG Nursing Association and part of the Gastrointestinal Magazine editorial board.

Sara, Kay and Dean work together in Endoscopy, at St. Thomas’ Hospital. As a team, they care for patients referred on different lower and upper gastrointestinal pathways. Sara is a senior nurse endoscopist who, jointly with a team, assesses these patients and scopes them.

Kay Ortiz, Practice Development Nurse, St Thomas' Hospital

Sara, Kay and Dean work together in Endoscopy, at St. Thomas’ Hospital. As a team, they care for patients referred on different lower and upper gastrointestinal pathways.

Ms Kay trains and supports endoscopy nurses in pre-assessment, endoscopy rooms and discharge.

Dean Borrow, Capsule Endoscopy Practitioner , St Thomas' Hospital

Sara, Kay and Dean work together in Endoscopy, at St. Thomas’ Hospital. As a team, they care for patients referred on different lower and upper gastrointestinal pathways.

Mr Borrow is a Capsule practitioner, with vast experience in reading capsules and teaching.

Cath Stansfield, Lead Advanced Practitioner, Salford Royal NHS Trust

Cath is currently Lead Advanced Clinical Practitioner within at Salford Royal Hospitals NHS Trust, working across in gastroenterology and intestinal failure for more twenty years, beginning on the wards as a staff nurse, progressing to  manager. Within her current role, she works with a team to manage patients with complex crohn’s disease across the inpatient and outpatient setting.  

She has previously held the position of chair and secretary within the RCN IBD Nurses Network, involved with the national IBD standards, nurses audit and the national IBD registry. She has a number of publications in national and international nursing journals, along with presentations at both national and international level.

Dr Benjamin Saunders, Senior Lecturer in Health , Keele University

Ben is a Senior Lecturer in Health Research at Keele University. He is a qualitative and mixed methods researcher, with particular interest in the mental health needs of young people with IBD. Ben has published on the impact of IBD on young people’s social drinking practices; experiences of stigma; psychological care needs following stoma surgery; and diagnostic delay in IBD in paediatric and adult populations. Ben is Chief Investigator on the NIHR-funded Stoma Support Study, working with young adults and healthcare professionals to co-produce a digital intervention to support the self-management of distress experienced by young adults following stoma surgery.

Lisa Younge, Nurse Consultant – Inflammatory Bowel Disease, St Mark’s Hospital

Lisa has over 20 years’ experience working as an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) nurse specialist and has published on topics including IBD treatment and the importance of specialist nurses in the care of patients with inflammatory bowel disease nationally and internationally. She has been involved in setting standards for IBD care including as part of the N-ECCO consensus statements for IBD nurses, the 2019 BSG guidelines and ECCO standards of care. She currently represents the RCN for IBDUK.

Since March 2019 she has been employed as Project Manager, IBD Nursing, with Crohn’s & Colitis UK, working alongside 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. 

In April 2020 she started working as an IBD Nurse Consultant at St Mark’s Hospital in Harrow.

Lindsey Scarisbrick, Nurse Consultant , University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust

Lindsey is a Nurse Consultant and Clinical Endoscopist from University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay. Lindsey is the clinical lead for Endoscopy services within the trust and the deputy director of the Lancashire and south Cumbria spoke for the North West Endoscopy Training Academy. Lindsey has a passion for Endoscopy and training within endoscopy and an advocate for supporting the development of Nurses within GI and Advanced Nursing Practice