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Colorectal Nursing team

Colorectal Nursing Team at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Matron

Jay Bradbury

Matron for Elective Surgery

Jay has been working in the Trust since 2003, initially with the colorectal team and more recently as Matron for Elective Surgery. Her role mainly involves ensuring quality and safety for patients and her staff across the wards and specialist teams that she manages.

She is the Matron for the Wytham Colorectal Ward and the Upper Gastrointestinal Ward, along with providing overall leadership to the colorectal/stoma, pelvic floor, enhanced recovery facilitators, and bariatric specialist nurses.

Her specific interests are to improve access to education for the wards teams and review/improve the patient experience during all aspects of their pathway.

Jay Bradbury

Lead Specialist Nurse

Tracey Becker

Tracey started in OUH in 2020 and manages the Colorectal Cancer, Stomatherapy and Pelvic Floor Teams.

She qualified as a nurse in 1996 at the University of Portsmouth and has since worked mostly in the South Midlands. Tracey specialises in Colorectal Cancer and has been working in this area since 2012, supporting patients from their diagnosis onwards. She also has experience in stoma care and colorectal operating theatres.

She has a BSc with distinction in Cancer Care and PG Cert in advanced practice. In 2019 Tracey was awarded the Bowel Cancer UK Gary Logue Colorectal Cancer Nurse Award.

Special interests

  • Long term effects of treatment for colorectal cancer
  • Living well with cancer
  • Survivorship and support groups
  • Education
  • Service development
Tracey Becker

Colorectal Cancer Specialist Nursing Team

Vanessa Shearwood

Senior Colorectal Specialist Nurse

Vanessa started her cancer nursing career at the Royal Marsden Hospital in 1992 and has worked in various cancer specialties and NHS trusts since then.

She joined the Colorectal Nursing Team since 2011, supporting patients from diagnosis through their treatment and beyond.

She is particularly involved in managing and educating patients with rectal cancer and supporting them in treatment and surveillance decisions.

Vanessa teaches and supports staff and students within OUH and has also presented at national conferences.

Special interests

  • Early rectal cancer
  • SACT
  • Survivorship
Vanessa Shearwood

Angharad Westwood

Senior Colorectal Specialist Nurse

Angharad started at the Trust in 2014 as a Colorectal Specialist Nurse.

Angharad qualified in Cardiff and started in University Hospital Wales. Specialising in Cancer care at Velindre Cancer Centre and then Royal Berkshire Hospital.

Angharad has experience in Oncology, Haematology and palliative care and the smooth pathway of the patient is particularly important to her.

As a Senior Specialist Nurse Angharad is a core member of the pre-MDT meeting and supports several clinics.

Special interests

  • Oncology
  • Palliative care
  • Patient experience
Angharad Westwood

Rosie Afford

Colorectal Specialist Nurse

Rosie has been working as a Colorectal Cancer Specialist Nurse since 2015, having previously worked within specialties such as the Colorectal Surgical Ward, endoscopy and chemotherapy.

Rosie helps cancer patients throughout their treatments and follow-up, and liaises between professionals to ensure high quality patient care.

Special interests

  • Promoting health and wellbeing
  • Oncology treatments
  • Palliative care
Rosie Afford

Jessica Boult

Colorectal Specialist Nurse

Jess qualified as a nurse in 2015 from the University of Bedfordshire and worked on an acute colorectal surgical ward for 18 months before specialising as a colorectal/stoma nurse for three years at Buckinghamshire Healthcare Trust.

Jess volunteered to be redeployed to intensive care during the COVID-19 pandemic and moved to the Oxford Colorectal Cancer team in January 2021.

Jess has supported the setting up of a rectal cancer pre-habilitation programme and ran a successful 'living well with and beyond bowel cancer' support group.

Specialist interests

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Living with and beyond bowel cancer
  • Support groups
  • Pre-habilitation
Jessica Boult

Tamara Avery

Cancer Support Worker

Tamara joined the Colorectal Cancer Team in 2016 from Cancer and Haematology Outpatients. She helps the nursing team guide patients through very challenging and difficult times, especially those patients undergoing cancer treatments.

Tamara also helps run the surveillance programme for patients with early rectal cancers, ensuring the service runs smoothly, reducing unnecessary stress for patients and their families.

Special interests

  • Promoting health and wellbeing
  • Emotional support
Tamara Avery

Ellen Gregory

Stoma and Cancer Team Administrator

Ellen joined the team in January 2018 after completing her BSc in Natural Sciences (Biology). She provides administrative support to both the Colorectal Cancer and Stoma Nurses by organising patient appointments and referrals.

Ellen also ensures the smooth running of both teams, providing IT support, budget advice and rota support, producing reports and organising an annual Stoma Patient Open Day.

Ellen Gregory

Colorectal Stoma / Pouch Specialist Nursing Team

Fran Woodhouse

Senior Colorectal Nurse Specialist

RGN, Dip Nursing, MSc (Merit) Advanced Nursing Practice and Communication

Fran has been part of the Colorectal Nursing Team in Oxford since 2000 and has been pivotal in the development of the Stomatherapy service within Oxfordshire including the ileo-anal pouch service.

Fran has lectured both nationally and internationally and was the co-author for the National Kock Pouch Guidelines for ASCN (Association of Stoma Care Nurses 2017).

In 2015, Fran was awarded the Salts National Stoma Care Nurse of the Year by her peers.

Special interests

Ileo-anal and Kock pouch

Fran Woodhouse

Simon Turley

Senior Colorectal Nurse Specialist

Simon has worked as a Senior Specialist Nurse within the Stoma / Colorectal Nursing Team since 2001.

His role is multi-faceted, caring for patients undergoing stoma formation, ileo-anal pouch and patients with abdominal fistulae, and he jointly runs the nurse-led ileo-anal pouch follow-up clinic.

He assists the Kangaroo Club support group. Simon has a particular interest in those patients undergoing Small Bowel Transplantation, publishing an article in 2013 and presenting Nationally and Internationally.

Simon has participated in and co-led several research trials, and lectures at Oxford Brookes University. Simon was Honorary Secretary on the committee of the Association of Stoma Care Nurses UK between 2014-2017, and in September 2018 he was awarded ASCN UK Stoma Nurse of the year.

Special interests

  • Small Bowel Transplantation
  • Ileo-anal pouch
Simon Turley

Jo Buxton

Senior Colorectal Nurse Specialist

Jo is a senior nurse specialist and qualified as a nurse in 1997. She has gained experience within lower and upper GI, vascular, breast and endocrine surgery. On moving to Oxford in 2000 Jo became a senior nurse on the LGI Ward at the John Radcliffe Hospital.

Jo became a stomatherapy sister in 2005 and has been a nurse specialist in stoma/colorectal nursing care since 2007. She co-leads the nurse-led ileo-anal pouch telemed clinics. She has a Dip in Nursing, Advanced Nursing Practice in Stomacare, Communication, Research and Health Promotion and an MSc in Health Sciences, January 2019. Jo lectures at Oxford Brookes University and regularly lectures as part of her role within the OUH.

She was awarded 'GI Nurse of the Year' for 2003.

Special interests

  • Kock pouch care
  • Ileo-anal pouch
  • IBD
  • Complex fistulae
  • Paediatric stoma care
  • Service redevelopment
  • Project management (MSc Distinction)
Jo Buxton

Catherine Brooks

Senior Colorectal Nurse Specialist

Cat has worked in the Stoma Team since 2013, specifically working with neonates, children and adults with an ostomy and supporting patients, carers and parents.

Cat specialises in supporting patients having elective and emergency surgery for colorectal cancer, IBD and trauma, both in hospital and once home.

Special interests

  • Paediatric stoma care
  • Ileo-anal pouch patients
Catherine Brooks

Kim Allen

Colorectal Nurse Specialist

Kim joined the Colorectal Nursing Team in 2013. She has significant experience in dealing with all aspects of stoma care and fistulae management in both adults and children.

Kim has completed RCN accredited modules on stoma care and had a poster accepted at ASCN UK Annual Conference 2019.

Special interests

  • Patient and staff education in stoma care
  • Paediatric stoma care
  • Fistulae management
Kim Allen

Sarah Lydiat

Colorectal Nurse Specialist

Sarah has worked within Colorectal Surgery since 2013 and joined the Colorectal Nursing Team in 2015.

Sarah obtained a distinction in her Masters Module entitled 'Advanced Principles and Practice of Stoma Care' and has undertaken a secondment with the Colorectal Cancer Nurses to develop her knowledge and nursing skills for patients with bowel cancer.

Special interests

  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Ileoanal Pouch
Sarah Lydiat

Jodie Painton

Colorectal Nurse Specialist

Jodie worked on the Colorectal Surgical Ward for 17 years as a team leader and progressed to become Deputy Ward Sister.

She became a Stomatherapy Specialist Nurse in 2017, and supports patients with newly formed stomas for colorectal cancers and inflammatory bowel diseases.

Special interests

  • Patient education
  • Student nurse mentorship
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
Jodie Painton

Jessica Lane

Trainee Colorectal Specialist Nurse

Jess joined the Colorectal Nursing Team in 2021. Jess has worked on the Colorectal Ward since 2019 when she qualified as a nurse. She will be undertaking the Masters module 'Advanced Principles and Practice of Stoma Care' in 2021.

Jess supports patients undergoing both elective and emergency surgery, for both colorectal cancers and inflammatory bowel diseases.

Special interests

  • Patient and staff education in stoma care
  • Supporting patients post discharge
  • Inflammatory bowel disease

GI Physiology Team

Jessica Aparo

Senior Colorectal Specialist Nurse

Jessi joined the Pelvic Floor Nursing Team in February 2018. She specialises in educating and supporting patients suffering with pelvic floor dysfunction including faecal incontinence, constipation and prolapse.

Jessi helps improve the quality of life for these patients by offering conservative management and developing an individualised, holistic care plan.

Special interests

  • Sacral nerve stimulation
  • Rectal irrigation
  • Patient support groups
Jessica Aparo

Helen Boffin

Senior Colorectal Specialist Nurse

RGN, DN cert.

Helen has spent the majority of her nursing career working in the community setting, supporting patients in their own homes.

Helen moved to the Colorectal Pelvic Floor Department as a trainee Pelvic Floor Specialist Nurse in 2014, and has spent her time developing the skills and knowledge to support patients with faecal incontinence and obstructive defaecation.

Special interests

  • Faecal incontinence
  • Obstructive defaecation
Helen Boffin

Karen Curran

Senior Colorectal Specialist Nurse

Karen has worked within the Colorectal Pelvic Floor Service Since 2010, previously working within acute surgical nursing. She co-ordinates and develops the SNS service within Oxfordshire.

She has an active role in teaching and training multidisciplinary colleagues locally, nationally and internationally, and has been awarded an OUH Staff Recognition Award for innovation within her specialty.

Special interests

  • Pelvic floor disorders
  • Sacral Nerve Stimulation (SNS)
Karen Curran

Clinical Scientist

Tanya Miller

Principal Clinical Scientist in GI Physiology

Tanya has worked as a Clinical Scientist in GI Physiology for over 22 years. She is responsible for all training in oesophageal motility, anorectal physiology and endoanal ultrasound techniques throughout the department.

She is an Accredited Independent Practitioner in GI Physiology, registered with the Association of GI Physiologists (AGIP) and an assessor for the National School of Healthcare.

Special interests

  • Oesophageal motility
  • Anorectal physiology
  • Endoanal ultrasound techniques
Tanya Miller

Administrators

Kelly Andrews

Pelvic Floor and GI Physiology Administrator

Kelly joined the Trust in September 2018 and provides a consistently high level of confidential administrative support to the GI Physiology and Pelvic Floor Service.

Kelly's personality, attitude and work ethic embody the Trust's core values of compassion, learning, respect, dignity, excellence and improvement.

Kelly Andrews

Rachael Lang

Pelvic Floor and GI Physiology Administrator

Rachael has worked within the Pelvic Floor department as an administrator since 2014, with a year away to develop her professional physiotherapy skills.

She is committed to ensuring that patients have a positive experience when attending clinic, keeping them fully informed at all times. She has developed the service and is instrumental in making sure the office is well-run.

Rachael Lang