Keep it simple: peristomal skin health, quality of life and wellbeing
Keep it simple: peristomal skin health, quality of life and wellbeing
Supported by the British Journal of Nursing and Gastrointestinal Nursing, this free, CPD certified virtual conference focuses on innovative education for Stoma Care Nurses.

One of the fundamental issues for all nurses that care for people with a stoma is maintaining skin health. When looking through the many hundreds of publications on the topic of stoma care it becomes clear that skincare can be problematic for both people with a stoma and the nurses trying to assist them. The consensus document Keep it simple: peristomal skin health and quality of life, available from the British Journal of Nursing, seeks to help improve care in this area. The consensus is written in conjunction with experts in ostomy and dermatology and describes the importance of assessing patients and classifying their skin condition when it occurs. This conference aims to both highlight and expands upon key points of the consensus, led by experts in the field.
Sessions in this Conference
  • Hollister welcome & introduction to chair
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  • Professor David Voegeli, Professor of Nursing, University of Winchester
    Keynote - What is ‘Skin Health’?
    Individuals living with an ostomy face many challenges in maintaining peristomal skin health. One of the main ones being different perceptions of skin health between patients and nurses. There is also widespread variation in the terminology used between healthcare professionals, leading to inconsistencies in approach. These inconsistencies can affect care quality, patient outcomes and perpetuate ritualistic practices that compromise skin health. This can lead to confusion and demotivate patients and practitioners alike. By identifying some of these problems, and exploring the evidence we can develop workable solutions to ultimately improve the quality of care offered and finally address the burden of peristomal skin complications.
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  • Jennie Burch, Head of Gastrointestinal Nurse Education, St Mark's Hospital
    Prevalence of peristomal skin complications in the UK - why is this still happening?
    Living with a stoma can be problematic in many ways, but quality of life can be greatly compromised if there are peristomal skin issues that result in the leakage of a stoma appliance. With improvement in stoma products it could be assumed that skin issues would no longer occur but this is not the case. Skin issues are one of the most common problems reported to the specialist stoma care nurse. The many risk factors for skin complications offer an insight into why problems continue and why nurses need to be proactive, vigilant and address problems when they occur. This session will aim to explore the extent of skin complications within the UK so that nurses are in a better position to address and resolve them.
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  • Anna Boyles, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Stoma Care, King’s College Hospital, L
    Rethinking the language of peristomal skin assessment
    This session will examine the current state of practice surrounding the assessment and documentation of peristomal skin health. It will look at whether the language and tools that we use at the moment accurately reflect the complexity of the problems that we see and reflect our skills and expertise as Nurse Specialists. It will draw on the experiences of other areas to see if there are similar experiences and what progress has been made. It will also look forward to see what direction and shape future practice could take in order to make a positive impact on how we could communicate with our patients and each other more effectively in the future.
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  • Clare Simpson
    Patient’s perspective of ‘Skin Health’ in 2021
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  • Dr Zainab Noor, Specialist Clinical Psychologist, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital
    Psychological Impact of Peristomal Skin Complications
    This session aims to contextualise a range of factors that impact on someone’s psycho-social reaction to peristomal skin complications. With this enhanced understanding, the session will highlight theories and suggestions for enhancing people’s coping and wellbeing.
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  • Expert Skin Health Panel Q&A
    Jennie Burch, Head of Gastrointestinal Nurse Education, St Mark's Hospital
    Anna Boyles, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Stoma Care, King’s College Hospital, London
    Professor David Voegeli, Professor of Nursing, University of Winchester
    Dr Zainab Noor, Specialist Clinical Psychologist, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital
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