Bladder Cancer Care

Guy’s and St Thomas’ Mini Nursing Fellowship in Bladder Cancer Care offers a unique opportunity for international nurse fellows to observe and enhance their knowledge in specialist urological and bladder cancer nursing skills within a multidisciplinary and clinically diverse environment.

Programme aims

We will ask visiting professionals to outline specific learning objectives and we will aim to tailor the fellowship to meet these, including observation and active participation in the multitude of nurse led services, clinics and procedures. 

Opportunities include: 


Learning objectives

Bladder Cancer (Anatomy/Physiology/Pathology)

Non-Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer

Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer

Metastatic Bladder Cancer

Upper Tract Urothelial Carcinoma

Intra-vesical Treatment Administration

Nurse Led Flexible Cystoscopy Surveillance

Holistic Bladder Cancer Care


Who can apply

This programme is intended for nurses who have a special interest in bladder cancer or whom want to develop their skills further within bladder cancer nursing.


Programme duration

Four one-week fellowship positions are awarded each calendar year (approx. once every four months). For more information regarding the fellowship and to request an application form, please contact: Ms. Kathryn Chatterton Specialist Nurse in Bladder Cancer Guy’s & St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust [email protected].


Bladder Cancer service

Guy’s Hospital has a well-developed clinical and academic interest in bladder cancer, with a high-volume tertiary referral practice in robotic cystectomy. The department pioneered the introduction of robotic cystectomy in the UK and in 2017 over 80 cystectomies were performed. The team also has well developed clinical expertise in bladder conservation with innovative programmes in photodynamic cystoscopy, en-bloc resection and sequential intravesical EMDA chemo-immunotherapy. Clinical research programmes exist in all areas of bladder cancer and our work has been published on cystectomy, PDD, novel methods of TURBT, intravesical therapy, and PET scanning. Specialist bladder services provided include a dedicated upper tract urothelial carcinoma service, management of radiation cystitis, salvage cystectomy, redo-ileal conduit reconstruction, and laser bladder tumour ablation. We have also contributed to trials of new systemic agents in advanced disease and in radiotherapy for bladder conservation.

Bladder Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialists at Guy’s Hospital

The Guy’s bladder cancer specialist nurse programme is supported by two clinical nurse specialists, Suzanne Amery and Kathryn Chatterton, who solely look after patients with bladder cancer. Sue Amery started working in the Urology Centre in 2008 and has developed a robust training schedule for intravesical therapies for the nurses and introduced Electromotive Device Assisted mitomycin (EMDA) to the trust. Both CNS’s have committed to a Bladder cancer support group for the trust. Kathryn has been working in the department since 2003, establishing the nurse-led cystoscopy service and enhanced recovery service for cystectomy patients at Guy’s. She also spent a year in Melbourne in 2009 where she established the first nurse-led flexible cystoscopy service in Australia.


Example Timetable

Week 1

Monday morning

  • Intro with KC/RN Chemotherapy clinic

Monday afternoon

  • Nurse led Flexible cystoscopy clinic / POPS

Tuesday morning

  • Theatres cystectomy (this can be swapped with Monday)

Tuesday afternoon

  • Dimbleby centre / Research and bio banking

Wednesday morning

  • ward round with Mr Nair POPS round Enhanced recovery clinic

Wednesday afternoon

  • Erectile dysfunction Tabard house

Thursday morning

  • Oncology clinic

Thursday afternoon

  • One stop clinic – haematuria / Bladder cancer support group

Friday morning

  • Upper Tract & Bladder Cancer MDT Bladder Cancer Clinic

Friday afternoon

  • Specialist Bladder Clinics (Radiation Cystitis/Upper Tract/Flexi-Laser Tumour Ablation) Stoma Care/Management Clinic

Saturday morning

  • Optional: Operating Theatre 

Saturday afternoon

  • Optional: Operating Theatre 

Fees

A course fee per week will be applied; this fee excludes accommodation and travelling expenses. To find out the fee amount please email [email protected].


Please note

Clinicians are able to offer bursaries or discounted placements on an individual basis. This is at the discretion of the Directorates of GSTT and does not affect the terms and conditions of the Visiting Professional Programme agreements.

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