The BAUN Executive consists of a maximum of 11 members representing England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. The Executive Officers of the association are President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. The President's post is held for a period of two years and Trustees are elected for a period of three years. Trustees may stand for a second term of office.
BAUN President, 2022 - 2024
BAUN Trustee, 2019 - 2024
Lead Nurse Urology & Advanced Nurse Practitioner
York & Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Sarah Hillery is Urology Lead Nurse and ANP at York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. She has worked in urology for over 20 years. Sarah’s clinical activities comprise a range of urology diagnostic services including prostate biopsy, flexible cystoscopy and Botox intravesical injections. She has specialist interests in continence, bladder pain syndrome and recurrent UTI. Holding an MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice, Sarah is an RCN credentialed ANLP and independent prescriber.
Dedicated to service improvement for patients, Sarah was nursing clinical and strategic lead in creating an award-winning diagnostic urology unit, fully designed around the patient experience. She is a published academic writer, presenter and a guest lecturer at the University of York. Sarah is an enthusiastic advocate for advanced practice, professional development, networking, leadership and information sharing.
Role: BAUN Vice President
BAUN Trustee 2023 - 2024
Urology Clinical Nurse Specialist
Emma has worked in Urology at Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust since 1997. Initially on the Urology Ward and since 2009 in her current role as Benign Urology Clinical Nurse Specialist. Her clinics include Nurse Led Urodynamics, Erectile dysfunction, ESWL, Percutaneous Tibial Nerve Stimulation and teaching of Clean Intermittent Self-Catheterisation and Dilatation. Emma has her MSc in Health Care Practice and is also a non-medical prescriber.
Role: BAUN Honorary Secretary
BAUN Trustee 2021 - 2024
Senior Research Nurse, Cambridge University Hospital NHS Trust
Kelly has been a member of BAUN for the past 8 years after becoming a urology research nurse in 2011 and going on to manage a team of research nurses, research associates and project managers. She has a total of 23 years nursing experience where she worked within oncology (palliative care, chemotherapy and specialist nurse roles) in both clinical and charity settings prior to her move into urology research. Kelly was particularly interested in the vacancies available to become a BAUN trustee due to the ethos of the charity. She has a particular passion for education, taking a proactive approach with her colleagues and patients alike and when the opportunity arises, research. This ensures continued development for all stakeholders and enables her continued personal development. Through education, real change can happen, empowering patients and colleagues alike who commit so much time to research. BAUN promotes high standards of development, something she endeavours to endorse in her own practice as a research nurse, where she is excited to be part of the future of clinical findings. Kelly is a dedicated person who is always eager for a challenge. She has extensive urology knowledge base which in her current clinical role involves working in all areas of urology research (inclusive of reconstructive urology, urological cancers and stone disease). Working closely with the clinical teams she enjoys the camaraderie and being part of a team and working together generally gives better results delivering a better experience for all involved. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Role: BAUN Honorary Treasurer
BAUN Trustee 2018 - 2024
Urology Nurse Practitioner
Hampshire Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust
I have worked within the field of urology since 1995. I’m currently working as a Urology Nurse Practitioner at Hampshire Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust, I run independent nurse led clinics across 2 trust hospital sites, I’m a non-medical prescriber; my area of practice is mainly in benign urology running clinics within Men’s Health; Urodynamics and Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms. On one of the sites I lead the urology clinical nurse specialist team, delivering nurse led clinics in prostate; bladder; renal and testicular cancers. Also other benign services such as the renal colic pathway, intra vesicle treatments and flow rate clinics. I run the corporate training for male catheterisation on one site and have talked at some of the benign BAUN study days, and other company meetings.
Role: BAUN Education Chair
BAUN Trustee 2023 - 2026
Uro-oncology Nurse Specialist
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Pauline has been a urology specialist nurse for over 25 years. Initially a general urology nurse specialist then later becoming a uro-oncology nurse specialist., her specialist area of interest is prostate cancer.
Pauline has been performing flexible cystoscopies for over 20 years and last year she undertook further training and now perform diagnostic cystoscopies. Pauline was hoping to undertake training to perform intravesical botox but unfortunately this has been deferred due to COVID-19 restrictions. Pauline also hopes to train 'to perform laser diathermy and start non-medical prescribing training in the near future.
As a founder member, Pauline has supported and been supported by BAUN since it started twenty five years ago. During this time, Pauline has benefitted from the support and educational opportunities offered by the organisation and the experience of being an active BAUN member has given Pauline the opportunity to develop a range of skills that she would not have done as part of her working role. These skills include being part of developing and leading BAUN Guidelines, leading the Education Group, representing BAUN on various national committees and as experience as a Trustee of the charity.
Pauline also has experience and knowledge of the role of a charity Trustee, including the legal responsibilities and believes that her previous tenure as a BAUN Trustee will be useful during the challenges of the next few years.
Pauline strongly believe in the value of BAUN's role in supporting urology nurses, particularly in terms of their educational activities and networking.
Anthony Laurence Shanahan
Role: Deputy Education Lead & Fundraising Lead
BAUN Trustee 2021 - 2024
Urology Care Practitioner, Cwm Taf Morgannwg, University Health Board, Wales.
Anthony is a qualified Urology SCP, with over 15 years experience within a hospital surgical environment within the NHS in Wales. Anthony undertakes a variety of roles, within the pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative phases of the urology surgical patients. He works as part of a multi-disciplinary team, but also works on his own initiative to enhance and support the urology team, whilst ensuring that at all times patient care procedures and practices are adhered to.
Anthony hopes to support and enhance the committee with experiences and knowledge within a vast list of urology fields, such as Pre-assessments, Haematuria, Flexible cystoscopies, LUTS, ED, PSA and stones clinics. He has helped set up departmental protocols and policies enhancing the pathways for urology patients.His specialised areas consist Theatres, Benign Penile conditions/ Andrology and Penile cancer. He is a member of the South Wales supra-network MDT team treating patients with buried penis’s, peyrone’s disease and fertility. He is also a Penile Cancer keyworker, providing support to all patients in South East Wales through their penile cancer diagnosis, treatment and surveillance.
Anthony suggests that a new supportive dimension that could be brought to the committee, would be theatre and theatre skills. Although a fully trained first assistant, he is also competent at minor operation surgery, where he performs procedure such as circumcisions, hydroceles and penile biopsies. If there were an increase number of SCP’s, his knowledge with training could help support the committee into training and knowledge based evidence for future urology SCP’s.
Role: Education & Conference group member
BAUN Trustee, 2022 - present
Director of Men’s health - Peppy Health - app based health care. Leads a team of practitioners and Urology specialist
Helen has been involved in Urology for 35 years both in the NHS and in the private sector.Currently as lead nurse of an innovative health platform ‘Peppy’ focusing on men’s health and urological issues. Previously Helen was ward sister at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital urology dept, going on to specialist practice in urology specific continence and urology stoma care. Her proudest achievement was setting up an ISC support group event which was very well attended. Heln currently manages a team of 8 urology specialist nurses who advise users on a variety of urological issues and general health concerns. This is free at the point of access for all users through their occupational work schemes. She is developing this as an information and signposting service to compliment NHS services.
Role: Education & Conference group member
BAUN Trustee, 2022 - present
Coloplast Clinical Nurse Specialist
I have practised in urological nursing since nurse qualification in 1994. I worked in urology up to ward manager, moving into the commercial nurse role in 2003 where I worked for Coloplast as a nurse specialist supporting patients requiring urological devices. I developed an interest in stricture management, the use of self-catheterisation in managing LUTS and neurogenic bladder dysfunction. I developed training days to share good practice. I wrote an article on assessment and fitting of urinary sheaths published in the nursing Times.
In 2006 I became full time NHS urology nurse practitioner role at Surrey and Sussex NHS Healthcare Trust running nurse led erectile dysfunction clinics, TWOC and ISC clinics. Developing a Community TWOC pathway in response to demand and patient need. I have supported intravesical chemotherapy, bladder instillations and prostate assessment clinics.
In 2008 I was invited back to work at Coloplast and became the Clinical research nurse and was part of the clinical process of bringing a variety of new urological devices to the market. Running clinical trials alongside NHS colleagues, developing patient literature, running and developing educational resources both online and study days and symposiums for self-catheterisation, indwelling catheter care, anal irrigation and clinic and pathway development workshops. I have managed a team of specialist clinicians in this role and support ted corporate charity events and charity and professional exhibitions. I also initiated and led a 3-week sabbatical to Sri Lanka with a team of colleagues to support and rehabilitate a school and the families affected by the tsunami. We organised health and well-being clinics, carried out vaccinations and first aid training. I have also raised money for my local children’s hospice through being sponsored to abseil down Arundel castle.
Joining Clinisupplies in 2018 where I had a full-time honorary contract to support Surrey and Sussex as a Clinical nurse specialist in benign urology, I have continued to work as a core member of the nurse and clinical team at the Trust, providing nurse led clinics in stricture management, BPH assessment, TWOC and cystistat and iAluRiL instillations.
As a commercial nurse I have gained much insight into a variety of NHS organisations in the field of urology and developed relationships with many professionals giving me confidence and credibility to be an asset to the BAUN council. I have worked with many of the council members/presidents previously. I have presented on stage at symposiums and BAUN conference, helped develop online e-learning platforms, developed electronic nurse documentation, so I feel confident to be able to work within the role of a council member.
I would like to see Urology nursing become attractive to new nurses who want to develop their skills and confidence in specialist practice, I was lucky to find the right influencers and role models early on which set me up on my lifelong commitment to urology. I have ideas around electronic patient support, using phones apps, training and resources electronically that fit in with the modern fast pace of healthcare. Information snippet apps for professionals.
In November 2022 I am proud to have achieved successful nomination and have become a trustee of the British Association of Urological Nursing. This is an honour to be part of a small team of like-minded professionals who are championing the way forward in the development of urological nursing practice. My role as a trustee is the conference lead in the organisation of the BAUN annual conference. Planning and managing the components that make up the agenda, exhibition, hospitality trustee contributions, roles and responsibilities as we work together to bring a face-to-face conference . Recruiting and Supporting guest professional speakers, organising agenda and topics, running and co-ordinating sessions, workshops and delegate attendance. As well as supporting the Trustee team in the general business of the charity, membership recruitment, advertising and promotion and the organising and running of educational events; webinars, Facebook live, face to face workshops through a variety of social media platforms.
On 26th June 2023 I have started my role as a Coloplast Nurse at Coloplast Limited where I will continue to support NHS colleagues with urology nurse support; assessing, planning and providing specialist care. Supporting service development and evaluation. Delivering information, training and support to patients and their families, using intermittent self-catheterisation, Peristeen irrigation. I am currently working with 2 hospital trusts (Kings College and Surrey and Sussex) through long term honorary contracts.
Role: Education & Conference group member
BAUN Trustee, 2022 - present
Uro-Oncology CNS, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Inverclyde Royal Hospital
Leann has been a nurse since 2011, starting her career at Scarborough General Hospital with a background predominantly in endoscopy. She has had a varied experience having been a junior sister, trainee nurse endoscopist and latterly a Colorectal CNS however frequently assisted in urology flexible cystoscopy and TRUS biopsy lists in her time at Scarborough and maintained an interest in the field. She started in her role as a Uro-Oncology CNS just under two years ago. Her role is prostate focused, carrying out TRUS prostate biopsy and clinics in oncology follow up, prostate assessment, robotic surgery follow up and more recently rapid prostate/two week wait clinic. She previously undertook clinics in bladder dysfunction teaching Intermittent Self Catheterisation/Intermittent Self Dilatation and delivering benign bladder treatments as well as an intravesicle bladder chemotherapy clinic.
She is highly passionate about her role, patients and their experiences and is excited at the prospect of having the opportunity to contribute to the future of urology nursing through working with BAUN. Leann has completed an MSc in Advancing Healthcare Practice and is an independent non-medical prescriber also. She has gained one of the Prostate Cancer UK Clinical Champion places for 2022/23 as she is aiming to create better patient experiences by working on an improvement project to improve patient safety, provide better patient outcomes and decrease cancer wait times for biopsy procedures by training to undertake transperineal prostate biopsies.
Leann is passionate about nurse education having always sought to undertake education whenever the opportunity arises and enjoys teaching and training others. She is currently completing an MSc in Prostate Cancer Care having so far gained her Post Graduate Certificate. She strives to improve patient experiences and care as she has a strong interest in improvement and hopes through being a BAUN Trustee she will have opportunity to do this as well as develop her own knowledge further.
BAUN Trustee, 2023 - present
From there, I worked on a surgical high dependency unit and then urology outpatients. I now work for Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust as a senior urology specialist nurse on a urology assessment unit. I have been in this role for 5 years now and I absolutely love it, of course it is not without its challenges, but I truly enjoy it and continue to learn every day. I work in a small community hospital, where everybody knows each other – it is a pleasure to get up and come to work each day and I work with a fabulous team.
My role is now mainly working in the one stop haematuria clinic, performing flexible cystoscopy, and assessing patients who have been referred with a suspected bladder cancer. Having been on the other side of things having had a cancer diagnosis myself in the past, I know the importance of ensuring that we get this right for patients, you never forget the day you were told that you may have cancer, and how this is delivered will be remembered by the patient and will impact them for rest of their lives. I also see patients who have been referred with UTI’s, LUTS and for those on the surveillance cystoscopy protocol - who have had a previous bladder cancer. I also see patients in a nurse-led clinic who have been referred with LUTS or a raised PSA and I deliver intravesical treatment for bladder cancer. I have a special interest in Bladder Cancer and the impact this disease has on patients, I am also interested in female urology, recurrent UTI management and benign LUTS. I am going to be undertaking training on how to perform intradetrusor Botox in the future.
I enjoy networking and talking to people, I am particularly interested in the development and support of early-career urology nurses, and the futureproofing of urological nursing is something that I feel very passionate about. I hope that during my time as a BAUN trustee I can positively influence this area of the membership, and encourage all urology nurses no matter where you work or what stage you’re at in your career to join BAUN or become involved and put yourself forward for opportunities within BAUN. For those aspiring urology nurses who are just starting out and wish to specialise in urology there are a wealth of opportunities available to further your development, so please get in touch with BAUN and ask how we can support you.
Additional Post Holders:-
Journal Editors: Jerome Marley, Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Urological Nursing