Shirley James 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.