Ms Jennie Burch Head of Gastrointestinal Nurse Education

Jennie Burch trained in nursing at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington. She has worked in St Mark’s Hospital for 25 years. She initially worked as a clinical nurse specialist in stoma care. During this time, she completed a BSc (Hons) in Nursing at City University. Jennie then joined the St Mark’s research team as the Lead Nurse. As the Enhanced Recovery Nurse Facilitator, Jennie completed a Masters in Gastrointestinal Nursing. During this time Jennie worked with the Department of Health to promote the Enhanced Recovery Programme nationally. Currently Jennie is the Head of Gastrointestinal Nurse Education. Within this education role Jennie developed and runs a BSc and a Postgraduate Certificate in Gastrointestinal Care; comprising of three modules run at St Mark’s Hospital and accredited by Birmingham City University. Jennie is currently undertaking a PhD, focussing on the consequences of rectal cancer surgery and how to better help patients to manage their bowel symptoms.

Jennie regularly lectures locally, nationally and internationally, which has previously included co-ordinating stoma training for nurses in Iran and Romania. She has published almost 200 articles in peer reviewed journals. Jennie has been an author of multiple books and book chapters on stoma care, enhanced recovery and gastrointestinal nursing. Additionally, Jennie has been involved in webinars and online education worldwide. Jennie has undertaken over 350 peer reviews of manuscripts submitted to nursing and medical journals. She was on the editorial board and subsequently the Consultant Editor for the Gastrointestinal Nursing journal. Jennie has been a forum committee member for the Royal College of Nursing Gastrointestinal forum, the education officer for the Association of Stoma Care Nurses UK. Jennie is currently on the education committee for the World Congress of Enterostomal Therapists. Jennie is also an external examiner for a university. She is currently a Trustee for the Association of Coloproctology for Great Britain and Ireland. Jennie has collaborated with colleagues in various research projects on topics such as low anterior resection syndrome, stoma care, enhanced recovery and inflammatory bowel disease. She has been part of a group to gain various grants such as the St Mark’s Burdett Nursing Scholarship. Jennie has been nominated for several nursing awards including Gastrointestinal Nurse of the Year.