Association of Coloproctology Nurses

ACPN supports the professional development and education of nurses and allied health professionals specialising in any area of coloproctology, including colorectal cancer, pelvic floor disorders, endoscopy, stoma care, IBD and genetics.

Association of Coloproctology Nurses

What ACPN does

ACPN works with the ACPGBI to advance the science of coloproctology and promotes the integral role of nurse specialists and allied health professionals within the colorectal multidisciplinary team.

ACPN maintains strong collaborative relationships with charities and other nursing associations working to promote excellent clinical care for patients with colorectal disease.


ACPN is an ACPGBI sister organisation and represented at all levels of the organisation. ACPGBI affiliate members automatically become ACPN members.

Membership of ACPN is an opportunity to take charge of your career, strengthen your network and broaden your knowledge. Benefits include:

  • Guidance and resources to facilitate career management.
  • National educational events to broaden and deepen specialist knowledge and keep abreast of new developments in coloproctology.
  • A regional nursing representative for each ACPGBI Chapter to keep members in their region abreast of ACPGBI-sponsored local events and to disseminate information regarding developments in clinical practice.
  • Opportunities for networking, collaboration, peer support and mentorship.
  • Representation of the interests of members of the ACPN within ACPGBI.
  • An annual ACPN symposium embedded within the ACPGBI annual meeting, facilitating access to specialist content provided within the wider ACPGBI programme.
  • Free or discounted rates, plus help with travel expenses, for many associated educational and networking events.
  • A discounted rate for the ACPGBI journal, Colorectal Disease.

If you would like to become a member of the ACPGBI and the ACPN, please complete the online application form as an affiliate member.

Committee members

The committee for 2016-2017 is:

Area Member
East Anglia Gabrielle Thorpe
North West Thames Charlotte Dawson
South East Thames Samantha Seker
South West Thames Carol Katte
Debbie Cottrell (deputy)
Oxford Jay Bradbury (Chair)
South Western Christina Berry
Trent Maria Pettman (Vice Chair)
Wayne Croves (deputy)
South Wales Alison Turner
Wessex Nichola Richards
West Midlands Yvette Perston

Meet the Chair: Jay Bradbury

Jay trained as an adult nurse at the Oxford School of Nursing in 1989. She initially worked on an oncology ward and then onto a general surgical unit, which had a strong bias for colorectal surgery and this is where she gained her interest in Oncology and Colorectal nursing. She was promoted as a team leader on this unit. Working in Haematology and then Home IV therapy, gave her a greater understanding of the clinical nurse specialist role.

She joined the Stoma/Colorectal nursing team at the John Radcliffe and Churchill hospitals in 2002, where she helped to develop the colorectal nursing service, by initiating nurse led clinics and streamlining the patients pathway, as well as acting as a being a pivotal member of the mdt.
Jay completed her Diploma in Health Studies in 1995, which she then converted to BSc (Hons) in cancer care in 2001 at Oxford Brookes University. She has since completed her PG Cert Management in Health and Social Service at Oxford Brookes University.

She currently manages the stoma/colorectal nursing service for Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, where she manages a group of 15 specialist nurses who provide nurse led services for patients with colorectal cancer, stoma, ileal-anal pouch and pelvic floor disorders. She has budgetary and professional responsibility for these teams and these services are provided by the 4 hospitals within the Trust, as well as the community of Oxfordshire.

Despite the large management component of this post, Jay also runs a nurse-led clinic for colorectal cancer patients, seeing patients at all stages of their pathway, from diagnosis to palliative care. She is an active member of the multidisciplinary team and strives to improve patients care and their experience.