Joanne Townsend

Joanne Townsend

Registered Nurse


RN, BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies


  • Continence
  • Urogynaecology Specialist Nurse


I qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1995 and have specialised in the field of Urogynaecology since 1997. I was employed as a Urogynaecology Specialist Nurse for University Hospital of Leicester NHS Trust covering women’s and perinatal services across 2 large acute teaching hospitals, community hospitals and primary care referrals for 12 years. Since September 2010 I have been employed by Oxfordshire PCT to lead bladder and bowel services for men, women and children across Oxfordshire.

I specialise in Post Natal bladder damage / care, conservative management of urinary symptoms, bladder management using medication and intermittent self catheterisation and neuropathic bladder management using intermittent self catheterisation. My general nursing background includes general medicine, fast track cardiac care, respiratory and rehabilitation units.

In addition, I also undertake medico-legal report writing for Somek and Associates. 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 the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) pertaining to Expert Witnesses.

Professional Affiliations

  • Organiser and Chair of RCN Urogynaecology Nurse Specialist Network (2003)
  • Guidelines Development Member for the N.I.C.E. Management of urinary incontinence in women guidelines (2006)
  • Technical Expert Panel member for the National Institute of Health in America, working with the Minnesota Evidence Based Practice Center, compiling a systematic review for the prevention and treatment of urinary and faecal incontinence in both men and women (2006 / 2007)
  • Trustee for the Bladder and Bowel Foundation (formerly Incontact) (2007 – Current)
  • Lead Nurse representative on the working group member for the United Kingdom Continence Society (UKCS) School of Urodynamics project to establish universal standards for urodynamic training, practice and accreditation (2007)
  • Commissioning guidelines member with N.I.C.E. for the conservative management of female urinary incontinence (2007)
  • Editorial Board member of Continence UK Magazine
  • Contributor for the Map of Medicine Incontinence pathway (2008)
  • Contributor for NHS Clinical Knowledge Summaries – Continence (2008)
  • ICS Nursing Committee Member (2007 – Current)
  • Contributor for the National Occupational Standards for Continence Care (Skills for health)(2008)
  • Member of the National Continence Clinical Supervision Group (2009 – Current)

Professional Education

2010 Post Graduate Diploma in Health Service Research, MSc dissertation pending, University of Leicester
2010 Independent Prescriber / Supplementary Non Medical Prescriber, University of Winchester
2003 BA (Hons) Nursing studies
1995 Registered Nurse - Diploma in Higher Education / Nursing studies