Nurses Practitioners present at national conference - May 2018

My colleague Jill Fozzard and I were asked by Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust to be part of their presentation at the recent British Society of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology annual scientific meeting in Manchester.

We presented the patient journey for women with learning disabilities who attend for colposcopy examination and cervical screening.

Jill and I are Nurse Practitioners for colposcopy in the Women’s Health Unit and we were the only nurses to present at this three day scientific meeting.

The scientific content is very important however everyone we spoke to agreed we must never forget the patient journey during this stressful time.

We presented the work we have done with women who have learning disabilities. I developed an easy read booklet for women attending for the colposcopy examination and treatment.

Jill was involved in The Josephine Project which was developed from collaborative working with the North East Cervical Screening Training team, Public Health England and a charitable organisation called 'Them Wifies'.

'Them Wifies' facilitated a 6 week course for women with learning disabilities of which Josephine (who is an anatomically correct life sized cloth doll) plays a pivotal role. Josephine enables the women to learn about sexual health, contraception and cervical screening in a safe environment.

As the only nurses presenting we were a little nervous but also incredibly proud to be there to represent nurses and our Trust. We dedicated our presentation to Mr Mark Roberts (gynaecologist) our dear friend and colleague who passed away last September. His wife Karen said he would have been the first person to stand up at the us and give us the biggest applause as he was so very proud of the work we do.

Dr Michelle Russell (gynaecologist) and I are taking part in the Macmillan 26 mile walk around Ullswater in the Lake District in memory of Mark in July.  If you would like to sponsor us please contact myself or Dr Russell.

Senior Sister Jilly Goodfellow 

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