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8 March 2024

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External News

29 June 2023

New handbook supports healthcare support workers throughout their career

A new digital handbook for healthcare support workers (HCSWs) has been developed by NHS England elearning for healthcare in partnership with the London region HCSW programme team.

The handbook serves as a ‘one stop shop’ of resources that are relevant to existing and future HCSWs. It captures many areas of the HCSW's journey including applying for a HCSW role, Care Certificate, career development, skills and “day in the life of” videos to showcase all the opportunities a HCSW can work in.

There is also a support section which signposts learners to further information such as raising concerns, health and wellbeing, and buddying.

The resource is aimed at HCSWs, people interested in a HCSW role, HCSW leads in Trusts, nursing leads and educational leads.


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15 June 2023

Stoma Care Specialist Nursing: A Guide for Clinical Practice

We are delighted to inform you that the ASCN UK textbook, Stoma Care Specialist Nursing: A Guide for Clinical Practice has been published by Springer. This book written and produced by Specialist Stoma Care Nurses in the UK and will undoubtedly raise the profile of our specialism. By raising the professionalism and sharing the academic achievement which stoma care nurses are attaining, the art and creativity of stoma care will continue to flourish. 

You can purchase a eBook and a softcover book here

As a member of ASCN UK, you will be entitled to a discount. Please log in to view offer under members discounts. 

It is very much hoped that this text will be used as a valuable reference and source of information to support clinical practice for any health care practitioner caring for individuals within the specialist sphere of stoma care, whether you are a novice practitioner and new to stoma care, or an expert searching for clarification on a certain aspect of care. 

Many Specialist Stoma Care Nurses throughout the country have contributed by writing an individual chapter for this book. Maddie and I are sincerely grateful to each and every one of them and wish to express our huge thanks, as we are very aware of the commitment, dedication and hard work that was required to complete the individual chapters. As a professional association representing specialist stoma care we are delighted to have been able to include so many of the ASCN UK guidelines into various chapters to reflect and endorse the high standards of care we offer to our specialist group of patients.

The eBook files are accessible in e-pub format, readable on any device. If you need to cite the book, the DOI reference is: 10.1007/978-3-031-07799-9.


16 January 2023

Wet Colostomy Guidelines updated

ASCN UK is delighted to announce that there is a new update to the Wet Colostomy Guidelines

These guidelines consist of information for patients and their families/carers on what to expect with a Colorectal: Pelvic Exenteration operation, including  post-operative information.

We hope that our members will find this a helpful guide.  Read the guidelines in our member area.


13 August 2021

ASCN UK Stoma Care Nursing Standards and Audit Tool available in the members area

It is with great delight that the ASCN UK announce that the Stoma Care Nursing Standards and Audit Tool for the Newborn to the Elderly have been reviewed, and updated.  I would like to thank all of the committee, Wendy Osborne and the endorsing associations for their hard work and diligence in ensuring we have up to date information.  Thanks go to Gabrielle Thorpe for her foreword to the current version of the Standards.  These are now accessible from the ASCN UK website.  There is a printable version available. In addition, and new for this year, the Audit section is available with live fields, so you can choose which is most useful for your practice.  I would also like to thank Colin Kyte who works for the Advertising and Design agency for working with ASCN UK and assisting us in getting the Standards ready.  We look forward to your comments.  The next review will be due 2024. 

Guidelines Updates

13 July 2021

ASCN UK Convexity Guidelines available in the members area

ASCN UK is delighted to announce that there is a new addition to their Guidelines portfolio, the convexity guideline.  

The use of Convexity is the latest recommendation to be included in the ever increasing catalogue of valuable resources available from ASCN UK and are now available in the members area.

This recommendation has taken a great deal of time to come to fruition, as there are so many varying factors and situations that can impact on decision making. This recommendation has been written based on the best supporting evidence available to guide novice Stoma Care Nurses in the use of convex products and support decision making. 

The recommendation consists of three Appendices that offer a guide when assessing a patient for the possible use of a convex product, a suggestion of clinical situations where convexity may be considered and a guide for best practice when choosing a suitable convex product. We hope that our members will find this a helpful guide for clinical practice; it is not intended to offer a specific brand of convexity.

External News

28 May 2021

Pouch Patient Alert

It has been brought to our attention that the producer of the Medina catheters in Europe intends to stop production in the near future. This will directly impact those with an Ileoanal Pouch or Kock Pouch, if they currently use Medina Catheters.

Ileostomy & Internal Pouch Association is working with BHTA (British Healthcare Trade Association) and ACPGBI (Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland) and other medical professionals to find an alternative product that we hope will be available on prescription.

In the meantime, we advise any patient who is currently using a Medina catheter to stock up on their supplies to last until an alternative product can be sourced.

We will keep patients advised on this important issue. If you have any concerns, please contact your stoma care nurse or pouch nurse.

ASCN Events

11 February 2021

STOPPS study: STOma formation – the Perception of Patients and Surgeons on communication

During a Delphi exercise conducted by the Association of Coloproctology Great Britain and Ireland, it was found that many patients were unsatisfied with the communication around stoma formation and felt that it was considered, and as such, discussed as a 'last resort'. 

Following on from this, we are conducting a study, funded by Bowel Disease Research UK and Ileostomy Association, examining the communication practices around stoma formation – the STOPPS study: STOma formation – the Perception of Patients and Surgeons on communication. 

On account of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are conducting our patient and public involvement exercises online. We have devised a short questionnaire to explore initial themes around the communication practices of stoma formation as perceived by patients and those around close to them.    

Questionnaire is now closed

Twitter page: @SToPPS_study


19 November 2020

Philip Salt Stoma Care Nurse of the Year Award 2020 Winner – Wendy Osborne

Wendy has worked within the specialism of stoma care for approximately 25 years, initially as a clinical nurse specialist in Oxford, before moving to Cheltenham as Lead Nurse and currently at Coloplast Healthcare. During her 13 years with Coloplast, Wendy was initially a nurse manager, achievements including evolvement of a professional stoma care nursing service, development of service improvement strategies, RCN standards accreditation, and CQC registration and inspection. Now as Clinical Lead for ostomy, continence & bowel management, Wendy achievements include developing programmes of care, assessment and decision-making tools, Partnerships with Healthcare professionals and patient organisations and customer service team.

Wendy has a passion for education. This has been evident throughout her eight-year tenure as ASCN UK Honorary Education Officer (2011 – 2019).

An experienced and well-respected specialist nurse, Wendy has presented at many national and international conferences and study days, and acts as an expert resource to many. Wendy has written and contributed to multiple articles and editorials in nursing journals such as BJN, GIN & WCET. Wendy’s affable personality, enthusiasm and passion for the speciality of stoma care have encouraged and inspired many. This culminated in 2020 by being awarded the title of Queen’s Nurse (QN), in recognition of nurses who have demonstrated a high level of commitment to patient care and pursing practice.

Many Congratulations to Wendy from all at ASCN UK.

Guidelines Updates

7 September 2020

6 NEW Clinical Guidelines Now Available to Download

It gives us great pleasure to introduce an additional 6 NEW clinical guidelines to the stoma care fraternity and hope they will be of enormous benefit to nurses involved in the care of ostomates. 

The six NEW guidelines were made available and printed for conference 2019 and include the following:

  • Enema Through a Colostomy
  • Management of an ACE Stoma (Adults)
  • Managing Colostomy Constipation 
  • Peristomal Sutures
  • Removal of Ureteric Stents from a Urostomy
  • Stoma Dilation

The ASCN UK National Stoma Care Clinical Guidelines are now available for download from the members area of the ASCN UK website,


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