Gabrielle Thorpe

ACPN Chair

Chair of the Association of Coloproctology Nurses

Gabby has worked as a lecturer in the UEA School of Health Sciences (formerly Nursing Sciences) since 2009. She trained as an adult nurse at St Bartholomew’s School of Nursing and Midwifery in London 1992-1995 and immediately established a strong clinical interest in colorectal and stoma care, fostered by working at St Mark’s Hospital and in the National Centre for Bowel Research and Surgical Innovation at The Royal London Hospital. Gabby was appointed in 1997 as a clinical nurse specialist in colorectal and stoma care at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital, in which capacity she continues to work an honorary contract for two days per month. Remaining clinically involved in this specialist area is central to Gabby’s teaching and research practice.

As a natural extension of her clinical and academic interest in colorectal and stoma care nursing, Gabby is East Anglian Chapter Representative and Chair of the Association of Coloproctology Nurses, nurse representative on the Research & Audit Committee for the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain & Ireland and a trustee of the Bowel Disease Research Foundation. She is also module organiser for a 40-credit level 7 module in Advanced Stoma Care, offered within the UEA MSc Advanced Professional Practice clinical pathway and as a stand-alone module, which was developed in close collaboration with the Association of Stoma Care Nurses (UK).