ACA Executive

Executive Committee Members

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Patricia McDermott - Chair

Clinical Nurse Specialist Urology/Continence.  Guernsey Health and Social Services

History with the ACA: I have been a member of the ACA since taking up my post in 2002.  In 2011 I was invited to become a co-opted member of the ACA executive.  This opportunity is enabling me to gain a valuable understanding of how the Executive works and valuable work it does.

Work Role: I am one of two Clinical Nurse Specialists for Urology/ Continence working for the Guernsey Health and Social Services.   The Islands population is 68,000.  We cover both primary and secondary care as well as managing the urological/continence care needs of the neighbouring Islands of Alderney and Herm.  My main interest is women's health and I also help and support staff care for patients with complex bowel needs.

Co-opted: 2011
Elected: May 2012
Term ends: Aug 2018 (2nd term)

Contact Details: 
Community Services Department 
Castel Hospital 
La Neuve Rue 
GY5 7NJ 
Tel: 01481 725241 ext 3420

Wendy Ness - Honorary Secretary and Web Editor

wendy-ness.jpgColorectal Nurse Specialist, Croydon University Hospital

History with the ACA:  I was invited to become a co-opted member of the ACA executive in June 2010 and also became lead of the bowel special interest group taking over from Marlene Powell. These roles will enable me to become more involved with other professionals within the field of continence and raise the profile of bowel care within all healthcare settings.

Work Role: I have been a Colorectal Nurse Specialist at Croydon University Hospital since 1999 and my clinical role  involves care of patients with complex pelvic floor disorders and bowel dysfunction. Care pathways for these patients include neuromodulation, electrical stimulation, biofeedback and behavioural interventions. My role also includes running courses on constipation, faecal incontinence and diarrhoea locally and nationally.

Co-opted: 2010
Elected: May 2011
Term ends: May 2019 (3rd term)

Contact Details:  
The Lancaster Suite
Croydon University Hospital
London Road
Thornton Heath
Tel: 020 8401 3969
Email: or

Janice Reid - Executive Member   

Janice ReidCo-ordinator / Clinical Lead for Continence Services Western Health & Social Care Trust

History with ACA: I have been a member of ACA since 2004 and have held the position of Treasurer with the Northern Ireland Branch since 2005.  I was co-opted onto the ACA Executive in May 2009, a position which enabled me to gain a valuable understanding of how the Executive worked and how I might contribute.  I was subsequently elected onto the Executive in June 2010 and became Treasurer and Conference Organiser.  My role as Treasurer on the Executive has now come to an end, however, as of May 2014 I am delighted to have been elected onto the role of Chair of the ACA.  I am looking forwards to the next chapter now as Chair and would like to see our association continue to grow from strength to strength.  One of my new implementations as Chair is to hear more of your feedback so going forwards there will be a monthly Chair email to membership, remember it is your association so It’s really important to the Executive that we hear all your thoughts.

Work Role: I am responsible for managing continence services in the Western Health & Social Care Trust and lead a team of specialist nurses.  My role involves clinical practice, leadership, service planning, research and audit, practice development and education planning and delivery.

Elected: May 2010
Term ends: June 2016 (2nd term) co-opted for extra year until June 2018

Contact Details:  
Continence Advisory Service
Rectory Field Offices
19b Limavady Road
BT47 6JU
Tel:  02871 349355

Catherine Williams - Executive Member

Catherine Williams
Clinical & Operational Lead, Bladder & Bowel Service, North Somerset Community Services:

History with ACA: I joined the ACA in 1994 whilst working in a continence post on a fixed term contract. I returned to District Nursing for a couple of years and gained a permanent continence post in 1996. I became secretary of SWACA in 2000 and was privileged to be on the conference organising committee of 2001 in Torquay. I have served previously on the exec from 2002 to 2008, including 2 years as chair. I was elected for a further term in 2011 and look forward to working with the committee in whatever role is needed.

Work Role: I manage a small team of bladder & Bowel Specialist Nurses providing services to adults, children and those in care homes. I have been in post since 1996 although the role, title and employing trust has changed considerably in that time.  I am a nurse prescriber, and also sit on our PCT Professional Executive Committee.  I am currently studying for an MSc in Specialist Practice.

Positions held: Chair 2005- 2007

Elected: May 2011
Term ends: May 2020 (3rd term)

Contact Details:  
Tel: 07796 190246


Debra Ollerhead - Treasurer  

Debra Ollerhead

Continence Lead

History with the ACA:I am very happy and excited to be voted onto the executive committee and would like to thank everyone who voted for me. I am looking forward to working with experts in the continence field and supporting peers. Continence is such a fundamental part of nursing care and by raising awareness to patients and clinicians I will strive to improve the care delivered whilst remaining to be patient focused and centred.

Elected: May 2012
Term ends: Aug 2018 (2nd term)

Contact Details:
Wirral Community NHS Trust
Specialist Nursing Centre
Continence Service
3 Port Causeway
CH62 4NH
Tel: 0151 6435330

Jo Booth - Chair of Education Committee 

Jo BoothHistory with the ACA: I have been a member of the ACA since 2008 and was co opted to the education committee in 2011, where I have gained insight into how the charity is organised and the processes of the education committee functioning. I have been involved in assessing the ACA Continence modules since becoming a member of the education committee and have taken on the role of Chair since May 2012

Work Role: I have a clinical academic role between Glasgow Caledonian University and NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde continence service. I spend the majority of my time undertaking continence related research and supporting its implementation in practice. I am a rehabilitation nurse by background and I am interested in bladder rehabilitation and the role of conservative interventions in treating incontinence and other bladder and bowel symptoms. I also have a keen interest in supporting people to self-manage their bladder and bowel symptoms.

Co opted: 2011

Elected: May 2013
Term ends: May 2019 (2nd term)

Contact details:
Reader/Research Coordinator
Institute for Applied Health Research
Department of Health & Community Sciences
School of Health & Life Sciences
Glasgow Caledonian University
Cowcaddens Road
G4 0BA

Tel: 0044 141 331 8635


Davina Richardson - Deputy Newsletter Editor 

Davina Richardson

History with ACA:  I became a member of the ACA and joined the Education Committee in 2015.  I joined the Executive in 2016. 

Work Role:  I trained as a Registered Sick Children’s Nurse and have always worked in child health, in both acute and community settings.  I was a Children’s Continence Nurse in the North East of England from 2006 – 2017.  I have worked as a Children’s Continence Advisor for Bladder and Bowel UK (formerly PromoCon) since 2015.

Elected: May 2016
Term ends: May 2019

Contact Details:  
Tel: 0161 607 8219

Kirsteen Ferguson - Membership Secretary 

Kirsteen Fergusion
Specialist physiotherapist in continence
My name is Kirsteen Ferguson. I am a clinical specialist physiotherapist in continence and pelvic health. I am one of 4 clinical specialists working in NHS Highland. The population of NHS Highland is 320,000 people and is spread over 32,500 square kilometres, making it one of the largest and most sparsely populated Health Boards in the UK.I have been a physiotherapist since 1991 but have only specialised in pelvic health over the past 6-7 years .I have been co-opted as an ACA Executive member earlier this year(2016). I look forward to working with the ACA executive group.

Contact Details:
Tel: 01463705580


Suzanne Willacy – Deputy Treasurer 


Physiotherapy Team Manager/Clinical Lead Women’s Health Physiotherapist,

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust 
History with ACA: I have been a member of ACA since 2010. In 2016 I was invited to become a co-opted member of the ACA Executive, which helped me gain a greater understanding of the role of the Executive and the extensive and invaluable work it does.I was subsequently elected onto the Executive in May 2017 and became Deputy Treasurer.I look forward to working with the Executive and the wider ACA and building on the strong links between our professions, strengthening multi-professional cooperation and sharing of skills, knowledge and experience.

Work role: I have been a Specialist Women’s Health Physiotherapist since 1989 and am currently the Clinical Lead Women’s Health Physiotherapist/Physiotherapy Team Manager for University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT), having both clinical and managerial roles. My clinical role involves providing physiotherapy care for both in and outpatients with bladder and bowel, pelvic health and gynaecological conditions and for breast surgery and antenatal and postnatal patients. I am also a full member of Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecology Physiotherapy (POGP) both nationally and regionally.
Co-opted: 2016
Elected: May 2017
Term ends: May 2020
Contact details:
Physiotherapy Department
Westmorland General Hospital
Burton Road
Tel: 01539 795318

Patricia Dever Co-Opted Member

patricia-dever-aca-executive.jpgAssistant Director of Public Health Nursing

Awarded “Community Nurse of the year 2015” by the Institute of Community Nursing for the development of the Continence Advisory Service in Mayo; I trained as a Registered General Nurse and Registered Midwife in the UK during the 1980’s. I spent more than 15 years practicing as a midwife in the UK where she was involved in many new progressive methods of offering midwifery care in the community, such as “Midwife led care” and “Team based midwifery” with a special interest in Antenatal care and parenthood education. In 1996 I was seconded to a research team looking into the way antenatal shared care was managed between GP services and Hospital Consultant Care.

In 1998 I moved to Ireland as the Lead Nurse in a newly developed high dependency 28 bedded nursing unit for older people in the community; once established I returned to community nursing as a locum Public Health Nurse in Mayo for the next 2 year’s moving then into the private sector working as a Nurse Advisor for a Containment product company. 

 In 2004 I transferred to the Nursing, Midwifery and Practice Development Unit, HSE West as a Continence Facilitator in Mayo.  In 2007 I was awarded the Higher Diploma in Public Health Nursing and in 2008 was appointed as Continence Advisor in Mayo. Since appointment I have developed continence education programmes for nurses, guidelines and protocols for adult and children with bladder and bowel dysfunction in the community, a Nurse-Led Continence Advisory Service in the community and a Home Delivery service for clients in receipt of incontinence wear.

I have presented at several conferences on developing continence services in the community and the use of Clinical Care Pathways in Continence Care Clinics. In 2015 she was shortlisted for the Irish Health Care Award in 2 categories.

I have been a member of the ACA since 2010 and has served on the committee of the “All Ireland Branch” since its formation in September 2014.

Co opted: 2017
Contact details
Public Health Nursing Department,
St Mary's Headquarters,
Co. Mayo,
Telephone: 094 90 49054