Since qualifying as a registered nurse in 1998, Katie has focused her nursing specialism in the field of urology and continence. During her initial nursing experience, Katie worked within renal and urological settings to acquire the fundamental aspects of urological nursing. She worked on the surgical and urology wards at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital for six years where she developed a passion for urological nursing.
In 2002, Katie became the Urology Nurse Specialist at Homerton Hospital. During this time, she was provided the opportunity to advance her urological knowledge and skills through successfully initiated nurse-led clinics and services, while improving patient pathways for continence assessment and treatment. Within the neurological unit based at Homerton Hospital, Katie initiated a continence service for those patients undergoing rehabilitation.
Katie worked as the Continence Nurse Specialist for seven years at Basildon Hospital and successfully established the continence service within the Acute Trust. She also ran the Peripheral Tibial Nerve Stimulation Service for patients with bladder & bowel problems, a painful bladder service as well as trial without catheter and intermittent self-catheterization clinics.
Katie has supported her specialist education through a master’s degree pathway in Advanced Nursing Practice and has temporarily delayed the dissertation due to the birth of her son, but she hopes to complete this once he is older.
Katie is currently employed as a Urology Nurse Specialist for Fittleworth Medical Ltd. She also has an honorary contract with North East London Foundation Trust CCG, supporting the community catheter and TWOC services run by the district nurses. This role has provided lots of opportunities and in 2017, Katie was fortunate enough to present on the British Journal of Nursing National Roadshow on Urology as well as showcase the community TWOC service through a poster presentation at BAUN.
Lead Urology Nurse/ANP
University Hospitals of North Staffordshire NHS Trust
Kay has fulfilled several urological senior nurse leadership posts working within the NHS acute hospital setting in the UK for over 35 years.
The longevity of Kay’s career culminating into a creative valued skill set that is able to transform multidisciplinary nursing roles by empowering and building skill sets to enhance our patient experience and future proof our NHS.
Kay's principle philosophy has sustained a virtuous leadership style that harnesses and empowers nursing talent whilst building multifaceted effective nursing teams.
Respecting the human factor elements that influence the delivery of pertinent timely patient care, has played a key role when seeking to evaluate several of the innovations Kay has been responsible for. One example can be found in a recent national publication of the NHS GIRFT report “Getting It Right First Time” which and recognises and values the design and implementation of a new innovative Nurse Led Urological Ambulatory service.
Dr Angie Rantell PhD, RCN ALNP
Lead Nurse in Urogynaecology
King's College Hospital, London
Angie gained a BSc (Hons) in Nursing Studies from King’s College London in 2003. She started working in the field of women’s health, first as a staff nurse and then as a sister on a Gynaecology, breast care and early pregnancy ward.
Since 2007, Angie has been working in the Urogynaecology Department at King’s College Hospital and is currently the lead nurse / nurse cystoscopist. She is actively involved in research and was awarded a PhD in Urogynaecology in 2019 investigating sexual function in women with overactive bladder. In 2019 Angie was also awarded RCN credentialing for advanced level nursing practice.
To date she has published over 50 articles in peer reviewed journals and has written book chapters and contributed to National guidelines. As well as her clinical and research activities she provides advice to governmental bodies including NHS England and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG’s) throughout the UK. She is the current chair of the Nursing and Midwifery special interest group within IUGA.