About this event

  • Date and time Sat 1 May 2021 from 10:00am to 3:45pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Medicine and Me, Ileostomy and Internal Pouch Association

Jointly organised with Ileostomy and Internal Pouch Association (IA), this meeting will hear from people living with an ileostomy or an internal pouch, and from healthcare professionals and volunteers who support and work with those people. 

Topics will include: 

  • Dietary management with a stoma or a pouch
  • Dehydration and fluid management
  • Exercise
  • Social media and mobile technology
  • Enhanced recovery after surgery
  • Patients corner - Q&A session

Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted. 

This webinar is available for on-demand viewing. The webinar recording will be available for registered delegates up to 30 days after the live webinar broadcast via Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place. 

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About Medicine and Me

Medicine and Me meetings aim to provide an outline of current best practice and future updates of important conditions and to give direct voice to patients and their carers and enable them to discuss their concerns and reflections on the impact of diagnosis, investigation and management. Physicians, surgeons and indeed all healthcare professionals, continue to learn from and be inspired to greater efforts to improve care by hearing directly from patients.

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Key speakers

Gordon Carlson

Professor Gordon Carlson CBE

IA President and Consultant Colorectal Surgeon

Speaker's biography

Professor Gordon Carlson CBE is a Consultant Surgeon at Salford Royal, an Honorary Professor of Surgery at The University of Manchester and of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Salford.


Professor Carlson trained in Manchester and after house officer posts at Salford Royal, working for Professor Sir Miles Irving (former IA National President) and Lord Leslie Turnberg, he undertook postgraduate surgical training in Newcastle, returning to Salford as Medical Research Council (MRC) Training Fellow in 1991.


After a period as Lecturer in Surgery at the University of Manchester, he was awarded the Intercollegiate Medal in 1996 and he became the first surgeon in England to be awarded a prestigious MRC Senior Clinical Fellowship in 1997 when he took up his post as Consultant Surgeon at Salford.


Prof Carlson is internationally recognised for his pioneering work in the management of abdominal sepsis and intestinal failure and with his colleagues, runs the world-renowned Intestinal Failure Unit at Salford Royal. The unit treats patients with complex abdominal infections and intestinal fistulas from across the UK and the world.


Professor Carlson’s contributions to the management of sepsis and intestinal failure have led to him co-authoring national standards in this area and winning numerous awards; his most prestigious one being a CBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list in 2019 for his services to general and intestinal failure surgery.


IA was delighted to welcome Professor Carlson as its National President in September 2020.

Richard Brady

Richard Brady

Consultant colorectal surgeon

Speaker's biography

Richard Bradyis a consultant colorectal surgeon with a specialist practice in Inflammatory Bowel Disease surgery, endometriosis and general surgery, with a large practice in the North East of England.


He is the research lead for the Newcastle Centre for Bowel Disease Research Hub and is based at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle. Specifically relevant to today’s talk, he is involved in the delivery of a number of important national portfolio research and commercial studies evaluating advanced stoma management, new devices and stoma related complications.


He is the chairman of the European Society of Coloproctology Communications committee and a member of the ACPGBI IBD subcommittee and co-chair of the 2021 IBD surgery national meeting.


Richard has published more than 70 academic papers and is a regular international keynote speaker in the field of technology and IBD.


Richard has launched a number of social media innovations in the area of colorectal surgery, including new hashtag communities, developed technology enhancements to research dissemination and regular live interviews of international colorectal surgeons. He has held positions in regional digital strategy and innovation in the North East.


Richard is passionate about delivering a world-class surgical service for IBD patients and the integration of new technology to enhance patient experience and improve care delivery and outcomes. 

Zarah Perry Woodford

Zarah Perry-Woodford

Consultant Nurse Pouch and Stoma Care

Speaker's biography

Zarah has been a nurse for over 24 years with 20 years in the field of colorectal surgery and stoma care.


Her first nursing role was as a military nurse serving in the Royal Air Force. In 2002, she joined St Mark’s Hospital in London, working as a Senior Staff Nurse on the colorectal ward before joining the stoma team as a Specialist Nurse, managing patients with stomas, ileoanal pouches, enterocutaneous fistulae and those requiring intestinal rehabilitation. Zarah spent 12 years developing and expanding the current ileoanal pouch service running nurse-led clinics and an e-mail and telephone advice line.


In 2018, she became a Consultant Nurse, where she remains dedicated to contributing to pre and postgraduate nurse education by supporting current research/protocol development, publishing in a variety of medical and nursing journals and presenting at national and international conferences.


She has recently completed a secondment with NHS Supply Chain working on a national project aimed to identify factors that would improve efficiencies and processes within stoma care.


View the programme

Opening of meeting

Professor Humphrey Scott, Dean, Royal Society of Medicine, and Consultant Colorectal Surgeon 

Introduction of new President, and welcome

Professor Gordon Carlson CBE, IA President and Consultant Colorectal Surgeon 

AM Session

Chair: Professor Gordon Carlson, CBE, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon

Dietary management with a stoma or pouch

Sophie Medlin, Director and Specialist Dietitian Chair of the British Dietetic Association for London

Dehydration and fluid balance with a stoma or pouch

 Adam Stearns, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon 

Exercise after lockdown. Tackling the issues and finding motivation again

Sarah RussellClinical Exercise Specialist, The Ostomy Studio

IA training bursary for Stoma Care Specialist Nurses

Dr Gabrielle ThorpeLecturer in Nursing, University of East Anglia School of Health Sciences, and Miss Faye Jones, Colorectal Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Questions to speaker panel

PM Session

Chair: Professor Gordon Carlson, CBE, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon

Problem pouches – hints and tips

Zarah Perry-Woodford, Consultant Nurse Pouch and Stoma Care 

Address by President – “Enhancing recovery after surgery. How and why?

 Professor Gordon Carlson, CBE, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon 

Bryan Brooke Lecture: “The well-connected patient - social media and mobile technology in 21st century ileostomy and pouch care"

Richard Brady, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon 

Presentation of Bryan Brooke Medal to Richard Brady

Professor Gordon Carlson, CBE, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon 

“Over to You” - Q&As/discussion – audience and speakers
Close of meeting

Professor Gordon Carlson