Shirley qualified as a registered nurse in 1997 with a Diploma in Nursing Science. In 2001 she obtained a Bachelor of Nursing Studies Degree and in 2014 a Master’s Degree in Clinical Research. Her career as a Gastrointestinal Nurse Specialist started in 2003 working across primary and secondary care health-care settings in Southampton, managing patients with upper benign gastrointestinal conditions. She qualified as a Nurse Endoscopist in 2004 and in 2010 moved to work solely at Southampton General Hospital managing patients with benign upper gastrointestinal conditions and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), continuing her role as a Nurse Endoscopist.
Since November 2015, Shirley has been working as a Gastrointestinal Nurse Specialist and Nurse Endoscopist (carrying out gastroscopy procedures) at Lymington New Forest Hospital. Her specialist areas of interest are:
Indigestion (symptoms which can include: upper abdominal fullness, heartburn, nausea, belching, or upper abdominal pain)
NHS Choices - Indigestion
Coeliac Disease (autoimmune condition of the small intestine)
Barrett’s Oesophagus (a change in the lining of the gullet caused by acid reflux)
Core – Fighting digestive diseases
NHS Choices - Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease introduction
NHS Choices - Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease complications
Barrett’s Oesophagus Campaign
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease)
Crohn's and Colitis UK
Shirley has published widely on Coeliac Disease and is a member of Coeliac UK’s Health Advisory Network. She has strong links with local patient support groups including: Barrett’s Wessex and Wessex Coeliac.