I trained as a nurse at the Royal London Hospital, qualifying in 1991. Initially, I specialised in bowel dysfunction and stoma care, with a particular interest in supporting patients with psychological effect of stoma forming surgery. I have worked in a variety of clinical roles in London, North Wales, Malawi and Cumbria, all of which has brought new challenges, new opportunities, and enabled me to develop my knowledge and skills.
I took up my current position as Clinical Lead for the South Cumbria Continence Service 10 years ago, and I particularly enjoy the opportunity to share practise and have developed bladder and bowel training courses locally as well as speaking at NW ACA branch, BBUK symposium, BBUK bowel interest group and other national study days.
I remain passionate about ensuring patients with bowel dysfunction have access to the correct clinical service and treatment pathway, and therefore developing integrated links within my organisation and across the Northwest of England has been key. I am particularly keen to drive forward a national standard for bowel assessment.