Published on: 22 October 2012 Our specialist stoma care nurses were recently given a 'highly commended' award in the innovation category at the British Journal of Nursing Gastrointestinal Nursing Awards 2012. Melanie Jerome and Amanda Gunning, who are based at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, picked up their certificate at a ceremony in London for their work in providing psychological support to patients who had undergone stoma treatment. Melanie (right of picture) explains "We designed a new pathway having surveyed our patients to see whether psychological issues were a major issue for those that were, on the face of things, coping physically with their stoma". Amanda continues "We felt it was an unexplored area of stoma care as it was sometimes an off the cuff comment at the end of an appointment when a patient would say 'obviously I can't do that or do this' that made us realise we need to do something about psychological support. It was very pleasing to have our work recognised as we have had a number of enquiries from other people working in our field." Melanie and Amanda recently presented their work at the World Council of Enterostomal Therapists conference in Edinburgh. Their findings were extremely well received, largely because their psychological care pathway score now gives patients a tangible piece of evidence to take on to their GP to help get further support. Please follow link to find out more information about our stoma care services.