Clinical nurse specialist for inflammatory bowel disease
Joy gained her general nursing qualifications in the Philippines in 1993 and worked in New Zealand before moving to Essex and joining the Colchester team in 2000. Initially working on the colorectal ward, she completed her nursing degree at Anglia Ruskin University before she was appointed as the hospital’s first IBD clinical nurse specialist in 2009.
To fulfil the role, Joy undertook specialist training at the Florence Nightingale faculty at King’s College, as well as IBD placements in Cambridge and London. She also completed a non-medical prescribers course at Essex University, all of which helped her to play an instrumental part in setting up Colchester’s IBD service.
Joy was named nurse of the year in the IBD Nursing Awards 2012, run by Crohn’s and Colitis UK, following nominations from her patients. She is a member of the European Crohn’s and Colitis Organisation and the Royal College of Nursing IBD Steering Group.