Birmingham IA’s Information Day and Business Meeting

At The United Reformed Church, Brassington Avenue, Sutton Coldfield B73 6AA
Local Group Birmingham IA

[email protected]

We are looking forward to seeing everyone for our 2023 Information Day: it promises to be a very enjoyable and informative event.

Sutton Coldfield has been chosen again this year, as the venue for Birmingham IA’s Information Day and Business Meeting, because of its convenient location, good transport links and its excellent facilities.

In addition to our usual Product Exhibition, where eight different Suppliers will be exhibiting the latest bags, stoma accessories and support wear, we have a fantastic range of speakers contributing to the event.

Free beverages and a buffet lunch will be provided on the day.

Free transport, by minibus or taxi, to and from the venue, will be available from Quinton, and also from Solihull, if it is requested at the time of booking, if members require it from those areas of the city.



9.30am – 10.30am: Product Exhibition: stoma equipment, accessories and support garments; Raffle, IA Information Stand.

9.30 – 10.30 am: Internal Pouch Members’ Workshop, (Maple Room), led by QE Consultant Colorectal Surgeon Miss Melissa Cunha, PhD, FRCS.

10.30 – 10.45am: Coffee/ tea available in café.

10.45 – 11.15am: Guest speaker: Dietary Advice for Ileostomists and Internal Pouch Patients, Pooja Dhir, BSc., RD, of City Dietitians.

11.15 – 11.45am: Guest speaker: Acute Kidney Injury by Shelagh Bickerton, Lead Clinical Nurse Specialist, Royal Wolverhampton Trust.

11.45 – midday: Comfort break and coffee.

Midday – 12.30pm: Guest speaker: Parastomal Hernias: identifying your potential risks by Wendy Osborne, SCN & Clinical Governance Lead (Coloplast) and ASCN UK Clinical Governance Committee Member.

12.30 – 13.00pm: Guest speaker: Social media influencer Matt Timmins: ‘Ileostomist, Husband, Father and 2nd Dan Black Belt’

13.00 – 13.30pm: Panel Question and Answer, chaired by Birmingham IA President Miss Melissa Cunha PhD, FRCS, alongside Panel of morning speakers as above.

13.30 – 14.15pm: Buffet Lunch in Café Oasis.

14.15 – 14.45pm: Birmingham IA Business Meeting in Cedar Hall. Agenda will be available on the day.

14.45 – 15.15pm: Question and Answer session with Miss Melissa Cunha, PhD., FRCS, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

15.30pm: Tea/coffee and biscuits. Close of meeting.



By Bus

Buses from Birmingham, Solihull, Tamworth, Lichfield, Walsall, and West Bromwich, all stop in the Parade which runs parallel to the Gracechurch shopping centre. Enter by the North Mall, walk towards Barclays Bank. The passage on the right leads to the Church (Approx 2 mins.).

By Train

Sutton Coldfield Station is on the Redditch to Lichfield Cross City line. Exit by the side exit on Platform 2, walk down to the Pelican crossing, cross over, the Church is on the right (Approx 3 Mins.).

By Car

Brassington Avenue is on the one-way system around the town centre. Keep to the right-hand lane and watch for the car park sign. Enter the multi-storey car park and park on level 2, 4 or 6: the lift will bring you out beside the Church. There is also open-air parking on the left-hand side and behind the billboards, at the top of Brassington Avenue. There are ramps from the pedestrian area, and also to the Church entrance.

If you require Disabled parking, please let us know in advance.


If you are interested in going and have not already received a booking form, please contact Mike Jameson.

Please make your booking as soon as possible, but by 5th May at the latest.