Biography

Gabby trained as an adult nurse at St Bartholomew’s School of Nursing and Midwifery in London 1992-1995 and immediately established a strong clinical interest in colorectal and stoma care, fostered by working at St Mark’s Hospital and in the National Centre for Bowel Research and Surgical Innovation at The Royal London Hospital. Gabby was appointed in 1997 as a clinical nurse specialist in colorectal and stoma care at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital, in which capacity she continues to work an honorary contract for two days per month. Remaining clinically involved in this specialist area is central to Gabby’s teaching and research practice.

Gabby has worked as a lecturer in the UEA School of Health Sciences (formerly Nursing Sciences) since 2009 and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She completed a first degree in Modern European Studies at Nottingham Trent University and another in 1999 in Nursing Practice at UEA. She has since obtained an MSc in Health Sciences and a PhD from UEA and is currently working towards an MA in Higher Education Practice. Gabby teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, predominantly on surgical nursing, colorectal and stoma care nursing and qualitative research methods. She leads the research component of the BSc Nursing programme.

Gabby is East Anglian Chapter Representative for the Association of Coloproctology Nurses, nurse representative on the Research & Audit Committee for the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain & Ireland and a trustee of the Bowel Disease Research Foundation.

All Publications

Francis, N. K., Curtis, N. J., Weegenaar, C., Boorman, P. A., Brook, A., Thorpe, G., Keogh, K., Grainger, J., Davies, J., Wheeler, J., Brown, S. R., Steele, R. J., Dawson, P.

(2017)

Developing a National Colorectal Educational Agenda: A Survey of the ACPGBI,

in Colorectal Disease

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(E-pub ahead of print)


Thorpe, G., Ajabnoor, S., Ahmed, Z., Abdelhamid, A., Hooper, L.

(2017)

Dietary polyunsaturated fat for prevention and treatment of inflammatory bowel disease: Protocol,

in Prospero

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Hanson, S., Hooper, L., Abdelhamid, A., Thorpe, G.

(2017)

Effects of supplementary dietary polyunsaturated fat on cancer incidence: Protocol,

in Prospero

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Thorpe, G., McArthur, M.

(2017)

Social adaptation following intestinal stoma formation in people living at home: a longitudinal phenomenological study,

in Disability and Rehabilitation

39

(22)

pp. 2286-2293

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Thorpe, G.

(2016)

Measuring outcomes in colorectal surgery: the nurse's role,

UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


Thorpe, G., Arthur, A., McArthur, M.

(2016)

Adjusting to bodily change following stoma formation: a phenomenological study,

in Disability and Rehabilitation

38

(18)

pp. 1791-1802

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Peel, A., Thorpe, G., Deane, K.

(2015)

Factors associated with non-adherence to oral IBD medication: A systematic review of the literature 1980–2013,

in Gastrointestinal Nursing

13

(9)

pp. 17-24

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Thorpe, G.

(2015)

Nurse-led audit of post-operative morbidity following colorectal resection: making the most of existing resources,

(Poster)

(Published)


Thorpe, G., Hernon, J.

(2015)

Hidden Morbidity following Colorectal Resection: postoperative evaluation,

(Poster)

(Published)


Thorpe, G., McArthur, M., Richardson, B.

(2014)

Healthcare experiences of patients following faecal output stoma-forming surgery: A qualitative exploration,

in International Journal of Nursing Studies

51

(3)

pp. 379–389

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Thorpe, G., Mcarthur, M., Richardson, B.

(2009)

Caring for individuals with a stoma: how is it for you?,

UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


Thorpe, G., Richardson, B., McArthur, M.

(2009)

Bodily change following faecal stoma formation: an interpretive synthesis of qualitative studies.,

in Journal of Advanced Nursing

65

(9)

pp. 1778-1789

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Richardson, B., Reading, R., Potter, J., Peel, P., Thorpe, G., McArthur, M., Mian, S., Lowe, D., Irwin, P., Peason, M., Wagg, A.

(2007)

National Audit of continence care for older people: management of faecal incontinence,

in Age and Ageing

36

(3)

pp. 268-273

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Key Research Interests

Improving care for people undergoing colorectal and/or stoma-forming surgery is at the heart of Gabby’s research interests. Her MSc and PhD research explored the experience of living with a stoma, focussing on the relationship between body and self, using qualitative research methods. More recently, Gabby’s research focus is to examine the complications people can experience following bowel surgery and investigating interventions and care practices that may reduce these complications. She is currently working as part of a team undertaking a set of systematic reviews commissioned by the World Health Organisation into health outcomes associated with polyunsaturated fatty acid intake.