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Meet the Team

Ali Wileman

Alison Wileman - Forum Chair

Project Nurse, Southern Health Continence Service

Alison qualified in adult nursing over twenty years ago. She first worked in a urology department where she worked on the ward and in the cystocopy clinic, before moving into the community where she was given the opportunity to take the role of continence nurse. In 2013, her role developed into that of a project manager, helping to set up the Southern Health Continence Service.

Alison is in her second term of office on the forum and is enthusiastic about supporting change by raising the awareness and profile of continence issues so that they can be managed more equitably. She is keen to raise the profile of and encourage people to promote continence, rather than just supply pads. Alison has a particular interest in bowel care, which is a part of continence management that can sometimes be forgotten.

She worked on finalising the RCN catheter care and the management of lower bowel dysfunction guidelines.She has been involved in the organisation of several forum conferences, which involved developing the programme, speakers and topics. She enjoys being a part of the continence forum, networking with colleagues, and developing projects.

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Sharon Holroyd

Sharon Holroyd

Lead CNS for Continence Services, Calderdale and Huddersfield Foundation Trust

Sharon undertook her nurse training at St Barts after moving from Yorkshire to London when she was 18. An RGN and RN (child), Sharon also has a specialist diploma in urology nursing and has worked in a variety of NHS and private sector organisations over the past 30 years. She has spent the majority of her career in roles that focussed on renal, stoma or urology. Sharon describes her current role as her "forever dream job" and she is currently undertaking specialist modules in continence nursing at the University of Ulster, having already completed the specialist urology and stoma courses.

Sharon has been an active member of the European Association of Urology Nurses (EAUN) for a number of years and has contributed to the development, writing and publication of three sets of specialist guidelines. In April 2014 Sharon was elected as Chair of the Yorkshire Association for Continence Advice (ACA) and in her spare time she teaches competency-based catheterisation and bowel care courses with an independent training healthcare training company across the UK.

In addition to being a member of the working group which published the NICE guidelines on UTIs in adults in 2015, Sharon is also involved with groups which aim to improve standards in bladder and bowel care at local, regional and national level. She has had articles published in British Nursing Journals on bladder and bowel issues and has spoken on the subject at both national and international study events.

It is Sharon's mission in life to encourage everyone in healthcare to accept that bladder and bowel issues are essential care and not basic. She is passionate about raising public awareness of continence issues and breaking down the barriers that still exist for people who suffer from incontinence.

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Jane Fenton

Jane Fenton

Teaching Fellow in Bowel & Bladder Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Keele University

Jane has worked in community continence services since 1995 as a continence advisor, specialist practitioner, clinical lead and service manager.

Jane has a special interest in bowel dysfunction and was instrumental in developing and delivering educational workshops at local regional and national levels on digital rectal examination [DRE], following the RCN publication on the role of the nurse in 1995. 

Jane was then invited to contribute to the work led by June Rogers on DRE in children [RCN 2003] and the management of constipation in children [Norgine 2003]  As clinical lead in North Staffordshire until 2014, she led a joint working group in the development and implementation of care pathways for bladder and bowel dysfunction in partnership with South Staffordshire and Shropshire Continence services.

Her partnership work with commissioners in North Staffordshire & Stoke on Trent led to the development of clinical care routes in collaboration with University Hospital North Staffs for urinary and faecal incontinence, and the implementation of direct referral to nurse led community continence clinics.

Throughout her career Jane has been involved in delivering sessions to learners within the school of nursing at Keele University – and after leaving the NHS secured part-time work as a teaching fellow in Bowel & Bladder dysfunction. She has led in the development and delivery of a post graduate module on bladder dysfunction and is currently working on the planning a bowel dysfunction module. 

Jane also contributes to pre-registration and inter-professional programmes within Keele, and is passionate in ensuring that the needs of individuals with bladder and bowel care dysfunction are met where ever they present, with positive evidence based practice. She is looking forward to contributing to the work of the continence care forum from 2017.

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Karen Irwin

Service Manager / Specialist Nurse

Biography coming soon

Anne Carroll

Continence Nurse Specialist, West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Biography coming soon

Page last updated - 04/07/2019