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
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
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
Margaret Vance is Nurse Consultant in Gastroenterology at the Wolfson unit for endoscopy at St Mark’s hospital. She leads a team of specialist research nurses and nurse endoscopists providing gastroscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy and capsule endoscopy at St Mark’s Hospital. Margaret has a wide experience of training both nurses and doctors in flexible sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy and developed the first completely nurse-led theoretical and practical flexible sigmoidoscopy training programme at degree/MSc level for trainee nurse endoscopists in the UK. She has been involved in the development and implementation of all Wolfson Unit training programmes for both doctors and nurses and has lectured and demonstrated colonoscopy skills at both national and international endoscopy conferences. She was the first nurse in the UK to be accredited as a bowel cancer screener, performing colonoscopy screening and is a national bowel cancer screening assessor for the UK screening accreditation process. She has been the chief endoscopist on several research trials including detection of dysplasia in patients with an Ileoanal pouch, comparison of virtual colonoscopy to conventional flexible sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy, the development and efficacy of nurse-led rectal bleeding clinics and has assisted as an expert endoscopist on all major trials performed within the Wolfson Unit for Endoscopy St Mark’s Hospital.
Sonya Chelvanayagam MSc, RN, PgDip (Learning & Teaching) is a lecturer in mental health nursing at Bournemouth University. She is a registered mental health nurse and adult nurse who has worked in a variety of care services such as HIV and gastroenterology. This has involved Sonya in working with people who experience either physical or mental illnesses or a combination of physical symptoms and mental health problems. More recently she has worked in a hospice and currently works two days a month in a day hospice in Poole. This clinical experience led her to explore end of life care for people experiencing mental illness which is the topic of her PhD thesis.
Kate has worked as a specialist nurse in the field of viral hepatitis and liver disease since 1999, in both hospital and community locations in the East Midlands. In 2019 she was awarded a PhD following a mixed-methods research study into the impact of opt-out hepatitis C testing in prisons. She has an interest in Realist Evaluation methodologies and qualitative research that enables disadvantaged populations to be heard. Kate is an editorial board member of the Gastrointestinal Nursing journal’s liver supplement, a steering committee member of HCV Action, and a member of the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) nurse and allied health professional’s taskforce. Kate is keen to develop and promote the evolving concept of clinical-academic careers. @kathrynjackNHS @GINursing @HCVAction
Substance Misuse Specialist Nurse, in a busy acute hospital in Wirral. Wirral is a peninsular on the opposite bank to Liverpool and has a population of 321,238; it has some of the most deprived areas and some of the most affluent in the UK. I have worked in Substance Misuse for over 30yrs both community and hospital based I am educated to Masters level and I am also an NMP. During this time I have had secondments into Commissioning Teenage Pregnancy Services and Research and Audit looking into the effectiveness of treatments provided by the local drug service. I have had the privilege of working in Sydney Australia for 10yrs as a gastro Nurse Consultant working in drug treatment service to provide Hepatitis C treatment to this client group. I was involved with an Australia wide group of gastroenterology nurses which produced National Standards for treatment for delivering best practice for patients receiving Hepatitis C treatment. I am passionate about delivering effective, supportive services for addiction and championing equity in care.
Ellie Bradshaw has been a gastrointestinal specialist nurse at St Mark’s Hospital, London, for 12 years. She has a background in stoma care and biofeedback. At this time, she is London's first community gastroenterology nurse specialising in both upper and lower GI functional conditions.
Sharon began her nursing career in 1997, working in the field of gastroenterology. Sharon went onto develop a dedicated IBD service in 2000, working alongside gastroenterologists and surgeons. The service expanded to incorporate telephone clinics, nurse-led clinics across the Trust and within the community setting. In 2004 Sharon was awarded a BA in nursing, qualifying as an Independent nurse prescriber in 2008. In 2007 and 2011 Sharon published articles for Gastroenterology Nursing looking at managing IBD services. Sharon was awarded her Masters, in Nursing with NMC SPQ in 2018. The service continues to be expanded to meet the needs of new and existing patients
Carolyn has worked in stoma care since 2004 and qualified as a Nurse Independent Prescriber in 2009. Over the course of her career in stoma care she has worked in the NHS and currently as a senior stoma nurse specialist for Hollister Limited working in collaboration with NHS stoma care teams mainly within the North West. Carolyn has presented both internationally and nationally and additionally has been published in national and international nursing journals. Carolyn has a passion for providing and sharing best practice in stoma and skin health with a keen interest in nurse prescribing of which she was nominate and short listed for the BJN Stoma Nurse of the Year Award after establishing and facilitating the first Stoma Nurse Prescribing Forum in the UK.
Dr Alexa Duff is a Clinical Psychologist currently working with the Inflammatory Bowel Disease team at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ hospital, London. She completed her BSc with honours at Newcastle University, MSc from Kings College London and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology was awarded by Canterbury Christ Church University. She has experience working within gastroenterology, haematology, chronic pain and HIV. Alexa’s particular interests are around the mental and physical health cross-over and the use of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) in physical health population. She is involved in a number of research projects looking at psychological management of difficulties in IBD. Alexa has been working with the multi-disciplinary team at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ around identifying and supporting psychological difficulties in patients with IBD. She plans to continue to highlight the need for integrated psychology within IBD teams.