Joanne  Townsend

Joanne Townsend

Registered Nurse


MSc Health Service Research, Non-Medical Prescriber, BA (Hons) Nursing, Dip Adult Nursing


  • Bladder & Bowel Nurse Specialist
  • Continence
  • Urology Nursing
  • Catheterisation


I have always been passionate about bladder and bowel care since qualifying as a nurse I qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1995 and have focussed on bladder and bowel care since.

11 years of my career have been spent specializing in urogynaecology at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, before moving into a primary care role as clinical lead for Oxfordshire Bladder and Bowel Services providing a continence service for men, women and children.

I left NHS employment in 2015 and now work for a specialist private provider, alongside NHS services where I enjoy delivering specialist bladder and bowel assessment and providing bespoke treatments for men and women.

My current role entails Bladder and Bowel assessment of men, women and occasionally children with a view to following national, and local guidelines for treatment options and providing specialist input for urinary catheterization and bowel irrigation. I recommend urodynamic investigation, renal and pelvic ultrasounds, medication and refer onto specialist disciplines. All of my clinical interactions are on a 1:1 basis in the patient's home environments. Where appropriate I work with carers to deliver intermittent self catheterization or bowel irrigation.

Prior to COVID-19, I also worked once a month in an NHS Neurology Department providing specialist bladder and bowel input for people with Multiple Sclerosis. This involved vaginal examination, pelvic floor assessment, bladder scanning, urethral catheterization, and teaching of intermittent catheterization, digital rectal examination and teaching of trans anal irrigation.

I am a qualified non-medical prescriber and although I am not required to prescribe in my current role, I regularly recommend bladder and bowel medication to GPs.

I accept instructions from both claimant and defendant solicitors and insurers. I have undergone formal training in the medico-legal process and am fully aware of my responsibilities under Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) pertaining to expert witnesses.