Introducing Our President – Mr Ian Daniels FRCS
“I was delighted when I was asked by my surgical mentor and colleague Professor Bill Heald (past President) and the Trustees of the Colostomy Association to take on the Presidency of the Colostomy Association.
I have been working with Bill for over 10 years, during this period Bill has demonstrated excellence in surgical technique in rectal (lower bowel) cancer and techniques to restore bowel continuity. In recent times we have moved forward the surgery for anal and rectal cancer, where a permanent colostomy is created to improve the survival in these patients. However, survival is not just about length of time lived from cancer surgery, but living with the effects of cancer surgery, quality of life as well as quantity of life.
My personal interest is in managing the complex abdominal wall problems relating to hernias – of all varieties, and this has led me to study hernias associated with stomas but from the causes and effects, as well as surgery to repair them…no simple answers here.
However, with support from patients and a desire to promote further research, we are beginning to define different types and effects, as well as considering whether there is a group of patients at risk for hernias, because the risk is in your genes!
Tidings represents a great opportunity to conduct research, unite ostomates and to share experiences and advice. Colostomy Association patient open days offer an opportunity to talk face-to-face, away from the out-patients clinics which are so pressed for time.
I look forward to meeting many of you throughout my Presidency and will work very hard for this big hearted charity.”
Ian was born in Nantwich, Cheshire in a hospital that he would later go and work at as a Nursing Auxiliary. Ian received twelve O levels and eight A Levels, he took these twice as the school didn’t think he was bright enough to do medicine at university. On the Monday after the A level results, Ian was sat on the steps to University of Wales College ready to hand in a letter asking to be considered for a place at Medical School, a nice lady (who he later found out was the Admissions Officer) asked him in, after an hours wait he was interviewed, offered a place and accepted it! In Ian’s senior years he became President of Cardiff University School of Medicine (UWCM the 3rd smallest University in the UK). In the early 2000’s UWCM was absorbed into Cardiff University after more than 75 years of working in partnership, creating a new era for university education in Wales and one of the biggest and most powerful universities in the UK.
Ian trained in Wales gaining a Degree in Genetics. Worked in Swansea with Nick Carr – Colorectal Surgeon, then London, Basingstoke and Oxford and finally took up his current post – Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust in 2006. He is also a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at Pelican Cancer Foundation, Basingstoke. He also belongs to the following organisations:
- British Medical Association
- Associations of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland
- American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons
- British Association of Surgical Oncology/Association of Cancer Surgeons
- Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland.
A very busy man!
He once wanted to be a serious academic and ultimately become a Professor of Surgery, but he enjoys operating too much and will always put other things to one side if someone needs an operation that he thinks would be best done by himself – which leads to a lot of late nights!
Ian is hoping to do more research into quality of life for people living with a stoma. Gain greater understanding of the pathways that lead people to receive a stoma, particulary Diverticulitis. Individualised care will be an important factor in the future and CA can play its part through “quality of life” studies which could change care and patient outcomes.
Ian is also hoping to raise awareness of the Colostomy Association and build even closer relationships between all the stoma support patient associations, as many of the issues such as poor siting, hernias and high output are shared. He would also like to strengthen the patients position and increase awareness in others.