Gastrointestinal Care Training and Qualification Pathway

LNWH Charity is delighted to have supported a bespoke BSc pathway at St Mark's hospital.

Being a niche speciality (and often viewed as a somewhat delicate subject), advanced training in Gastrointestinal Care can sometimes be overlooked. However, with bowel cancer now the 4th most common cancer in the UK - accounting for 12% of all new cancer cases – it is a vitally important area.

The need for the course was recognised by Pat Black MBE, Senior Lecturer with Dansac and St Mark’s Hospital, Clare Taylor, Macmillan Nurse Consultant in Colorectal Cancer and Jennie Burch, Head of Gastrointestinal Nurse Education, who recognised the absence of a specialist degree level pathway in the UK for nurses working in the speciality.

They approached LNWH Charity for a grant to fund 20 LNWH Trust nurses to begin a degree pathway or attend various stand-alone training modules.

As a result, 20 funded places where taken up for bespoke training in April and June 2018, with two nurses receiving 60 credit awards towards their degrees – one for ‘BSc Gastrointestinal Care’ and one for ‘Advanced Diploma Professional Studies Gastrointestinal Care’.

LNWH Charity is proud to help the team fulfil their objectives to improve patient care and outcomes, increase the number of nurses with access to a degree, enable clinical staff to better address a range of complex issues, and to increase staff retention.

“We are delighted and grateful that LNWH Charity was able to support our nurses with this further training. Patient care is our priory and we want to ensure our nurses are provided with the best training possible.”

Jennie Burch - RN, Msc, PG Cert HE, BSc (Hons)