Opus Bursary

Opus Bursary

What is the Opus Bursary?

The Opus Bursary is an annual award presented to a Stoma Care Nurse to facilitate innovative research aimed at increasing the understanding of a particular aspect of stoma care, which will hopefully lead to an improvement in the quality of life for people living with a stoma.

What is the Value of the Award?

£3,000 to part or wholly fund one year's research.

Who Decides on the Award Winner?

Opus Healthcare will remain independent of any decision and is grateful to the Committee of ASCN UK for agreeing to select the project they consider most appropriate.

Who can Apply for the Opus Bursary?

Applications are invited from any UK or Ireland based, full or part-time, qualified NHS Stoma Care Nurse. Previous recipients of the bursary cannot apply.

How do I Apply?

Applications for 2017 will be accepted until the 1st September 2017. Your 500-word summary should be emailed to Maddie.White@ascnuk.com, no later than 1st September 2017. These will then be passed onto the Committee of ASCN UK for their consideration. The winner of the next Opus Bursary will be notified and an announcement made at the ASCN UK Conference 2017.

Where do I apply for the 2017 Bursary?

Your 500-word summary should be emailed to Maddie.White@ascnuk.com, no later than 1st September 2017. These will then be passed onto the Committee of ASCN UK for their consideration.
This is to update the current Bursary info on the website at: http://samplerequest.opus-healthcare.co.uk/hcp/opus_bursary

Patients with Peristomal Contour Abnormalities: their thoughts about surgery, leakages and quality of life.


An uneven skin surface around a stoma can result in management problems such as leakage of stool onto the skin, skin excoriation, soiling of clothing, poor quality of life, frequent visits to stoma care nurses, and excessive usage of pouches and accessories. Current treatment interventions make the process of changing a pouch a complicated, time-consuming and costly experience.

Reconstructive surgeons at Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have been using lipomodelling or ‘fat transfer’ in breast cancer patients with great success. During the last year they introduced this technique to stoma patients and especially to those who have a permanent stoma and suffer from leakages due to abnormalities around the stoma. The aim is to refashion the stoma with a minimally invasive approach, reshaping the surface of the abdomen using fat transfer instead of performing a laparotomy and moving the stoma. The procedure was performed on a small group of patients (N=6) who reported a decrease in the number of leakages, a decrease in the need to change clothes due to a leakage, and an increase in their stoma-related quality of life.

Despite these preliminary results it is not known whether patients are willing to undergo surgery in order to minimize leakages.


To interview patients and explore their views regarding the acceptability of this surgical intervention to manage peristomal leakages. First we plan to interview the patients who have already had the lipomodelling procedure and ask their views. We want to hear from the patients themselves about the ways in which their quality life has improved after the procedure. Do the risks outweigh the benefits? Was it worth going through the process? Secondly we plan to interview potential eligible patients and explore whether or not they would consider lipomodeling and the reasons for their decision.



A qualitative descriptive study. We plan to conduct semi-structured interviews with patients who attend the stoma care nursing clinics at Western Sussex Hospitals and Ashford & St Peter’s NHS Foundation Trusts.
Sample: A purposive sampling method aiming for maximum variation such as range of ages and inclusion of genders. Data saturation will determine the final sample size but we will aim to interview at least 10 patients. Interviews will last between 30 to 60 minutes and will be audiotaped. An interview guide will be used for each interview, ensuring consistency in data collection. Content analysis methodology will be used for analysing the transcripts.


The findings will provide valuable information about 1) the acceptability of lipomodeling among stoma patients and 2) gather important information that can be used for the preparation of a subsequent Patient Benefit grant proposal application to the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR).

Research Team
Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation TrustAshford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Avery Catherine, Stoma Care Specialist Nurse
Streatfield Serena , Stoma Care Specialist Nurse
Koulouglioti Christina, Senior Research Fellow
Bonomi Riccardo, Consultant Breast Reconstructive Surgery
Rapisarda Fabio, Specialty Doctor Breast Reconstructive Surgery
Katté Carol, Stoma Care Specialist Nurse
James-Reid Sarah, Stoma Care Specialist Nurse
Tyte Sally, Stoma Care Specialist Nurse
Nisar Pasha, Consultant Colorectal Surgery

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