Polly Weston - ACA Chair                    Polly Weston (1).jpg

Team Lead/Baywide Bladder and Bowel Service, University Hospital of Morecambe Bay

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.  Therefore, during my career I have been able to embrace change and enjoy the opportunity to learn and develop, striving to remain a reflective practitioner and improve my practice. 

I took up clinical lead for the South Cumbria Continence Service 12 years ago, I particularly enjoy the opportunity to share practice 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. 

Since April 2018, the TUPE to University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay has brought new opportunities and I have recently taken over as Baywide Bladder and Bowel service Lead. I have been proactively involved in joint working to merge policies and agree integrated pathways with allied healthcare professionals. I find myself resilient to the NHS changes, and have undergone 10 changes in clinical management since taking up my post 12 years ago!  

I remain passionate about bladder and bowel function, and being a member of ACA has been extremely rewarding for my continued professional development as well as opportunities to network and share practice. I am particularly keen to drive forward a national standard for bladder and bowel assessment as a standard of practice. 

I am married with 2 daughters, and I thoroughly enjoy living in the Lake District, and the outdoor lifestyle it brings. 

As an experienced clinician, I thoroughly enjoy being Chair of the ACA Executive committee and, contributing at a national level and it is an honor to represent the ACA membership

Co-opted: 2018
Elected: June 2019
Term ends: June 2022 (1st term)

 

Bo Yeung -  Honorary Treasurer

Bo.jpgClinical Lead Adult Bladder and Bowel Service
Central London Community Healthcare Trust-West Hertfordshire Division

I have been a nurse for more than 30 years within a wide variety of specialities; this experience has developed me to the nurse specialist that I am today, currently I work as a Clinical Lead for a Bladder and Bowel Service in a community setting for a London Community Trust. My role allows me to pull together my previous knowledge, skills and experiences to provide services for patients who may require Continence, Urology, Uro-Gynaecology and Stoma Care for assessment, treatment, management, education and support. This is delivered in patient’s homes, care facilities or a hospital base in a clinic.

I work as part of a team that provides formal education to clinical colleagues in my organisation, social care, private care in Bowel Care, Catheterisation, Portable Bladder Scanning, and Continence Assessments, we also write the trusts Clinical Guidelines and Protocols.

Personally I have a great track record in service delivery which is patient centred with both measurable clinical outcomes but  also with good / excellent levels of patient satisfaction ,collected through local PROM-Patient Recorded Outcome Measures, PREMs-Patient Recorded Experience Measures  and NHS Friends and Families Test data collections..

I remain passionate about the NHS and provision of care with dignity, sustainable services, which are efficient, cost effective.

Co-opted: 2017
Elected: May 2018
Re-Elected: May 2021
Term ends: May 2024 (2nd term)

 

Kerry Doherty - Honorary Secretary

Kerry Doherty.JPGSpecialist Bladder and Bowel Nurse, University Hospital of Morecambe Bay

 I have extensive nursing experience and knowledge to bring to the ACA committee and equally being part of the committee will assist me in the delivery of up-to date, evidence-based practice.  
 
I currently work as a Specialist Community Bladder and Bowel Nurse. I think being in practice while undertaking the ACA role will contribute to me making sound and informative decisions in both roles.  I feel passionate about the provision of high-quality bladder and bowel care and feel that ACA advocate Excellence in bladder and bowel care at a national level.  
 
I am happy to get involved and contribute where possible and feel that I would be lucky to be part of such a high-profile team of committee members who equally share a passion for bladder and bowels.
 

Elected:  May 22
Re-Elected: (First term)
Term ends: May 25

 

Ruth Scrivens - Newsletter Editor

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Specialist Physiotherapist, Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust

I trained as a physiotherapist in Middlesbrough in 1990. Subsequently I specialised in Women'sHealth and completed a physiotherapy Post-Graduate Certificate in Continence care. Currently I work for the Bladder and Bowel Care Service in Devon. My job involves treating patients with a range of conditions, including urinary and faecal incontinence, constipation, pelvic organ prolapse and pelvic pain. As a physiotherapist, I offer modalities such as electrotherapy and biofeedback,  as well as exercise programmes and manual therapy. I am an independent non-medical prescriber, and also have team lead and educational responsibilities within my role.

In 2015 I joined ACA and became Chair of the South West ACA Branch. This involves working with a local committee, which endeavours to provide an educational forum and peer support network for those who have an interest in incontinence issues. We have enjoyed great support from South West members, and our meetings have been both entertaining and educational. In 2018 I joined the ACA Conference organising committee, which led to an interest in working with the ACA Executive Committee.  I co-opted onto this in 2018.

Elected: June 2019

Term ends: June 2022 (1st term)

 

 

Nikki Cotterill - Education Group Lead

nikki-cotterill.jpgAssociate Professor - Continence Care, University of the West of England

I am a qualified nurse and have worked in the field of continence research since 2003. I am extremely passionate about improving patient care and my research falls into three distinct areas:

  • Patient-centred improvements and measurement of outcomes
  • Exploring care provision and strategies to improve evidence based care, and
  • Conservative interventions including empowerment to self-help

I am the chief investigator for a number of current studies exploring continence care provision in the community and inpatient settings, and am a co-applicant on a number of active and completed NIHR HTA trials. I firmly believe it is imperative for research to inform education and vice versa, and aim to integrate my research to increase the evidence base and improve continence care and patient outcomes. I have worked hard to position myself into a role in which I am able to influence this with my recent appointment to Associate Professor of Continence Care at UWE Bristol. I am exploring options to increase education for all – public and carers, undergraduate multidisciplinary professionals and continence specialists. My research also focusses on care across the patient journey and aims to particularly engender an ethos of continence promotion rather than containment. 

I have been on the International Consultation on Incontinence committee for patient reported outcome assessment since 2004 and led the global ICIQ project for outcome assessment from 2004-2018. I am keen to reflect the needs of individuals with bladder and bowel symptoms and have developed a number of patient panels that have been invaluable to guiding research in this field. I have published and presented nationally and internationally to a range of scientific audiences. 

There is a real enthusiasm to improve bladder and bowel care. I would be delighted to co-lead the ACA education committee to raise the profile of education in this fundamental area of patient care for all.

Elected: June 2019
Term ends: June 2022 (1st term)

 

Sheena Kennedy - Communications Officer

sheena-kennedy.jpgCommunity Paediatric Nurse Specialist/Continence Lead Nurse, St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals

After spending years as a Nanny and a Nursery Nurse in London, I came back to  North west England and started working in the NHS in 1997 in the Health Visiting teams In St Helens , from there I was seconded to do my Paediatric Nursing BSc working as a student mostly in Alder Hey Childrens Hospital but also St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals.

I joined the Paediatric Continence team 10 years ago, completing Gastro, Urology,  Independent Prescribing and Clinical examination qualifications. I have been lead Nurse for around 8 years. My team are passionate about driving the service forward and using innovative practice which has led us to be the BJN  winners 2016 and 2017, Nursing Times Finalists 2018 and BJN finalists/ Highly Commended 2019.

I have developed a pathway for children to have non-invasive Urodynamics in the community together with a diagnosing tool  for community nurses. A teaching / play package for children who need to ISC, and my team set up a Sensory clinic for children who have high anxiety when they need to be examined, which has led to children with additional needs being assessed, diagnosed and treated successfully for the first time.

I have a special interest in children with Spina Bifida and Neurological conditions and ISC and Irrigation, as we have large cohort of children in North west England.

Elected May 2020

 

Sarah Coombes - Conference Organising Group (COG)Sarah Coombes.jpg

Continence Nurse Specialist, University Hospitals of Leicester

Sarah currently works as a Continence Nurse Specialist for the University Hospitals of Leicester, delivering an outpatient clinic for frail older people, and for patients with Neurological conditions, as well as an in-reach service across our three hospitals and emergency department floor.

Some of you may remember Sarah from presenting the Taste the Difference Challenge at the 2022 ACA conference, and Sarah joined the ACA Executive shortly afterwards as a co-opted member.

Like all of you, Sarah's  passion is promoting continence, and one of her talents is finding creative ways to do this, and, implementing 'small change big impact projects' that make a difference.  Sarah was also the creator of the '12 Days of Continence' music video, the first ever Christmas song about continence with over 21,000 views on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/leicesterhospitals/videos/12-days-of-continence/848797769218136/

I am very grateful for the opportunity to be on the ACA committee as a co-opted member, and am looking forward to contributing and bringing some of my creative ideas to support the work of the ACA.

 

Dr Angie Rantell PhD, RCN ALNP

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Angie gained a BSc (Hons) in Nursing Studies from King’s College London in 2003.  She started working in the field of women’s health, first as a staff nurse and then as a sister on a Gynaecology, breast care and early pregnancy ward. 

Since 2007, Angie has been working in the Urogynaecology Department at King’s College Hospital and is currently the lead nurse / nurse cystoscopist.  She is actively involved in research and was awarded a PhD in Urogynaecology in 2019 investigating sexual function in women with overactive bladder.  In 2019 Angie was also awarded RCN credentialing for advanced level nursing practice.

To date she has published over 50 articles in peer reviewed journals and has written book chapters and contributed to National guidelines.  As well as her clinical and research activities she provides advice to governmental bodies including NHS England and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG’s) throughout the UK.  She is the current chair of the Nursing and Midwifery special interest group within IUGA, a member of the Nursing and Education committee for ICS and a co-opted member of the ACA Executive committee.