I was invited in 2000 to be the first President of the ROPSF; a role which I have thoroughly enjoyed ever since. My background has been as a colorectal surgeon in Winchester with a special interest in large bowel cancer and inflammatory bowel disease.
The success of the Foundation has been due to a sense of conviction that Ostomates in Romania can obtain the same level of stoma care as in the UK and all our efforts have been towards this end.
It has been my privilege to head a team of truly dedicated individuals who have been responsible for introducing stoma nurse training and thereafter stoma care predominantly for colorectal cancer patients across Romania. The training is based on the UK model and the Foundation is now concentrating on the paediatric aspects of stoma care.
I am a Principal Lecturer in Tissue Viability and a Reader in Learning and Teaching in Healthcare Practice at the University of Hertfordshire. I became involved with the ROPSF in 2009 as they recognised the important links between stoma care and wound care.
I ran a wound care course in Bucharest in 2009 for doctors and nurses from across Romania and was delighted when some of the stoma nurses involved in the course then came to the UK to take part in our ‘Train the Trainer’ course. I have been to Romania a few times and have had the pleasure of visiting some of the ‘students’ in their hospitals. I enjoy volunteering as a trustee of the ROPSF and bring my skills and experience in wound care and educational design.
I’m psychologist, specialised in human resources and recruitment in England: a Senior Member of the Royal Society of Medicine and British Psychology Society.
I first became involved with the UK project team in 1998 who offered a lot of enthusiasm and support. They helped me to set up a Romanian team having shown me how the British organisation is run and how we can improve the quality of life for patients with an ostomy.
My vision about ROPSF strategy will be based on more training and education for medical staff, patients, but I like to focus on some research in this area based on a partnership between Britain and Romanian institutions.
Carolyn was formerly a stoma care nurse specialist in Surrey and Herefordshire. Carolyn has been a member of IA in the UK since her stoma surgery in the 1980s. She was a member of the original IA Romania Project and latterly a trustee of the Romanian Ostomy Patients’ Support Foundation (ROPSF) since its inception. Carolyn has been involved with the nurse training programme and patient support since the beginning of the Romania Project. Carolyn has visited Romania on a number of occasions and has had the privilege of speaking at surgeons’ conferences and patients’ meetings.
Jo has been involved in stoma care for over 23 years both as a clinician in the NHS and in industry where she worked on and delivered numerous global clinical education programmes and contributed to stoma product development.
Jo served 2 terms on the UK WCET (Now known as ASCN) committee. She was first involved with the ROSPF in its early days as one of the clinicians the Romanian nurses shadowed. She then went on to visit Romania on a number of occasions with one of the stoma care companies where she helped a local stoma care nurse deliver educational study days.
Jo is very much looking forward to working with the team and feels that education is paramount in ensuring healthcare professionals develop their skill set and in turn patients benefit from their skills and knowledge.
Bob Bailey has been involved with the original Romania project back in 1995 and latterly the Romanian Ostomy Patients’ Support Foundation (ROPSF) since its inception. Bob has gained his knowledge and understanding of ostomy patients’ needs having been a member of the Ileostomy Association (IA) for over 50 years during which time he was engaged in several roles at national level and ran the 1993 World Ostomy Day events across the UK and Ireland. Since being involved with ROPSF Bob has travelled to Romania on numerous occasions and is familiar and has empathy with the needs of stoma patients and their carers. Bob had a wide-ranging business career and trainer.