Adrian Jugdoyal, Chairperson, Director of Mental Health and Social Work, Middlesex University

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 Burch, Chairperson, Head of Gastrointestinal Nurse Education , St Mark’s Hospital

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 Younge, Chairperson, IBD Nurse Consultant, St Mark's Hospital, Harrow

Lisa Younge (RGN, MSc) is the IBD Nurse Consultant at St Mark’s Hospital in Harrow. She has over 20 years experience in GI and IBD nursing, setting up and evaluating services with the aim of delivering patient centred care. She has previously been the secretary of the RCN IBD Specialist Interest Group, the nurse representative on the BSG IBD Section, and Chair of NECCO. She currently works one day per week with Crohn’s & Colitis UK as a Nursing Programme Manager, supporting the charity’s campaign to improve access to suitably trained and supported IBD nurses for patients across the UK, and represents the RCN on the IBDUK steering group, who produced the updated IBD Standards in 2019. She is passionate about IBD and working with patients to develop services which truly meet their needs. She also has a husband, a teenage son and a dog called Bingo, who has become a bit of a virtual star during lockdown Teams and Zoom meetings!

Gerri Mortimore, Senior Lecturer/Academic, University of Derby

Gerri is a Registered General Nurse with over 39 years of experience spanning both acute medical and surgical nursing in the acute setting, within the UK and abroad. For the last 6 years Gerri has worked in a part time academic role as a senior lecturer in Advanced Practice, teaching advanced practice skills to allied health professionals. Prior to this, she worked as the Lead Hepatology Nurse Specialist. Her expert knowledge of liver disease, has enabled her to publish widely in many nursing, prescribing and medical journals. Moreover, Gerri has a national profile and has been involved as expert advisor on x 2 Quality Standards, x 3 NICE Guidelines. In recognition of this, she was awarded the title of NICE Nurse Expert Advisor in 2015. In January 2020, Gerri and her co-author Yvonne Francis published a venesection guide for the UK, endorsed by the RCN. This guidance benefits thousands of patients who undergo venesection for haemochromatosis and polycythaemia in the UK and abroad. This recognition resulted in being awarded the prestigious Nurse of the Year 2021 accolade from the British Journal of Nursing, nominated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Gerri successfully completed her PhD in June 2021, titled “Advancing health professionals’ knowledge of liver disease.”

Isobel Mason, Nurse Consultant, Gastroenterology, Royal Free London NHS Trust, Crohn’s & Colitis UK

Isobel works as a nurse consultant in gastroenterology at the Royal Free Hospital and leads the IBD nursing strategy at Crohn’s & Colitis UK.

She has a busy clinical role running advanced nursing services for patients referred with iron deficiency anaemia, coeliac disease, IBD and dyspepsia.

Her NHS leadership role includes leading teams of clinical nurse specialists in gastroenterology & hepatology.

At Crohn’s and Colitis UK she leads the nursing strategy, which aims for all those living with IBD have access to a suitably qualified nurse specialist. The strategy includes the Crohn’s & Colitis UK nurse specialist programme, funding and supporting nurses career development and delivering the charity’s strategy in secondary care in all 4 UK countries.

Margaret Vance, Gastroenterology Nurse Consultant, St Mark's Hospital, London

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.

Anna Boyles, Stoma Care Nurse, King’s College Hospital, London

Anna is the lead Clinical Nurse Specialist in Stoma Care at King’s College NHS Foundation Trust and has worked in Stoma Care for over twenty years, working at a number of London hospitals. Anna has a Masters degree and is a qualified independent nurse prescriber. Anna has written and presented on a number of stoma care issues, and is involved in steering and consensus panels examining current practice in skin health for patients with a stoma. She teaches regularly on post graduate courses for new clinical nurse specialists.

Sonya Chelvanayagam, Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing, Bournemouth University

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.

Dr Kathryn Jack PhD RGN, Advanced Virology Nurse Specialist, Nottingham University

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

Ann Taylor, Substance Misuse Specialist Nurse, Wirral University Teaching Hospital

Ann is a Substance Misuse Specialist Nurse, in a busy acute hospital in Wirral. The 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. Ann has worked in Substance Misuse for over 30yrs in both community and hospital settings, and is educated to Master's level. She is also an NMP. During this time Ann has had secondments into Commissioning Teenage Pregnancy Services and Research and Audit looking into the effectiveness of treatments provided by the local drug service. She has had the privilege of working in Sydney, Australia for ten years as a Gastrointestinal Nurse Consultant working in drug treatment service to provide Hepatitis C treatment to this client group. Ann 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. Ann is passionate about delivering effective, supportive services for addiction and championing equity in care.

Ellie Bradshaw, Community CNS Gastroenterology, Royal Free Hospital, London

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 Gethins, IBD Nurse Specialist, University Hospitals of Leicester

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 Swash, Community Stoma Care Nurse, Hollister

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, Clinical Psychologist in Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospital, London

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.

Leigh Donnelly, Endoscopy Education & Development Lead, Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust

I have been involved in endoscopy since 1995, firstly as a staff nurse and then eventually holding several nurse specialist posts, including being a clinical endoscopist for the last 18 years. More recently I have been involved in training, education and development which is now the majority of my current role. I have always been passionate about training and education and with my enthusiasm for endoscopy this gives me a very engaging career pathway. I am a final year PhD student examining the lived experience of endoscopy trainees and I am an active member of BGSNA and I sit on various committees and working parties including those on sustainability.

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.

Sarah Marshall, Clinical Programme Manager, St Mark’s Bowel Cancer Screening Centre

Wendy Osborne, Clinical Lead, Coloplast

Wendy has worked within the field of gastro-intestinal and colorectal nursing for nearly 35 years. Having been a colorectal ward sister in Birmingham and Oxford, she specialised in Stoma Care in 1998 in Oxford and moved to Cheltenham as lead CNS in Colorectal and Stoma Care. In 2007, Wendy joined Coloplast to set up and manage the national nurse team. She is now the Clinical Lead for the company, primarily delivering training and clinical counsel to a large team of telephone advisors who support patients with a stoma and continence conditions.  

Wendy held the post of Educational committee member for the Association of Stoma Care Nurses (ASCN UK) for 8 years where she was instrumental  in developing and co-ordinating publication of the ASCN UK National Stoma Care standards and Clinical Guidelines. She continues to support two key projects with ASCN in peristomal skin terminology and parastomal herniation. Having been awarded ASCN UK Stoma Care Nurse of the year and the title of Queens Nurse in 2020 in recognition of her outstanding commitment to high standards of patient care and continually improving practice, Wendy remains passionate in raising the awareness and value of care to patients with a stoma.

Professor Lesley Dibley, Professor of Qualitative Nursing Research, University of Greenwich

Lesley qualified as a general nurse in 1984, and as a Sick Children’s Nurse in 1986. After several years in clinical practice during which time she completed her BSc, she pursued initially an academic career – gaining her MPhil – and later turning her attention to becoming a fulltime researcher. In a serendipitous turn, she secured a post with Professor Christine Norton at King’s College London in 2008, and over the next 9 years completed 12 research projects all related in some way to patient experiences of Inflammatory Bowel Disease and other chronic illnesses. She was awarded her PhD in 2014 for a hermeneutic phenomenological study of the experience of stigma in IBD. Lesley is an acknowledged qualitative researcher with a particular expertise in hermeneutic phenomenology. She is committed to enabling advanced study and academic progression in IBD CNSs, and regularly collaborates with these specialist nurses to deliver research projects addressing issues of relevance in clinical practice. She received her Chair from the University of Greenwich in August 2021.

Laura Monje-Garcia, Nurse Practitioner and Project Manager, St Mark’s Centre for Familial Intestinal Cancer, London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust

Laura is a nurse practitioner who works at the St Mark's centre for familial intestinal cancer, which embeds the polyposis registry, the family cancer and Lynch syndrome services. She is also the project manager of the Lynch syndrome quality improvement project.

In addition to being a nurse, Laura is a health psychologist and has been working with patients living with inherited conditions since 2012. She started working with patients with rare dementias at UCLH, and later with patients with inherited cardiac conditions at Imperial college, Guy's, St Thomas's & King's college Hospitals; and now with inherited colorectal cancer syndromes.

She have been interested on the psychological experience of living with inherited conditions since 2012, and today she is going to present some of her work to improve the service for patients living with Lynch syndrome.

Angela Chana, Lead Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Pharmacist, St Mark’s Hospital

She started her career in a large central London Teaching Hospital where she completed her post graduate pharmacy diploma.

She then moved on to more specialist rotations at another London Teaching Hospitals where she gained experience in: intensive care, neurology, medicines information and microbiology.

She joined St Mark’s Hospital in 2017 as the specialist joint intensive care and gastroenterology pharmacist, where she reviewed gastroenterology and critically ill post-surgical patients.

She then moved to an IBD and homecare role in 2020 where she helped to develop pharmacy-led clinics focusing on medication optimisation, drug safety and enhancing the patient experience.

Recently, she has taken on the role as Lead IBD pharmacist for St Mark’s Hospital and is keen to develop the IBD service further in this new role.

Dr.Nick Powell, Consultant Gastroenterologist

Dr.Rachel Cooney, Consultant Gastroenterologist

Prof. Jimmy Limdi, Consultant Gastroenterologist