Spotlight on The Association of Coloproctology Nurses (ACPN)

Posted 12 October 2017 in

ACPN are committed to supporting the educational needs of specialist nurses and allied health professionals working in coloproctology. Education to support specialist and advanced practice is not just about extending and maintaining clinical expertise but building non-clinical knowledge, using opportunities to learn from and with each other and participating in all aspects of clinical research.

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

Meet the Chair

Jay Bradbury is the ACPN Chair. 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.

New Members of the Committee

We would like to take this opportunity of welcoming our new members to the Committee:

  • Samantha Seeker from Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust representing the South East Thames Region
  • Nicola Richards, Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust representing the Wessex Region.

The membership into ACPN continues to grow and there are currently 101 affiliate nurse members with representation in more chapters, although there are still vacancies in the following regions:

  • Ireland
  • North East Thames
  • North Western
  • Northern
  • Northern Ireland
  • Trent
  • Yorkshire

If you interested in representing your region on the ACPN Committee, please contact Jay at Jay.Bradbury@ouh.nhs.uk.

Resource Development Workshop on 10 November 2017

ACPN is running a resource day development workshop on 10 November in Birmingham.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided and up to £100 in travel expenses will be reimbursed (reimbursed travel for ACPGBI members only).

Register here

Are you ready to join?

Nurse membership of ACPGBI is £55.00 or £97 with journal subscription.

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.

Become an ACPGBI member

Please contact us at admin2@acpgbi.org.uk or call 020 7973 0307 or 020 7973 0373 if you require further assistance.

Keep abreast of upcoming study days and courses and the release of new resources by joining our Twitter feed @ACPGBI


National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

NICE are are looking for members to join the diverticular disease guideline committee.

Full details available here