The Mission, Vision and Values statements of the World Council of Enterostomal Therapists identifies the WCET as 
"A unique Global Organisation and leader in the specialty of Ostomy, Wound and Continence care"



The World Council of Enterostomal Therapists aspires to the core values of:

  • Respect - for the dignity and individual diversity of all persons
  • Integrity - adherence to a recognised code of ethics
  • Communication - fostering collaboration between members and other interested parties
  • Holistic care - encompassing care for body, mind and spirit
  • Scientific approach - advancement of research and evidence-based specialised education and care




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The Benefits of Membership

Joining the WCET brings a host of benefits for a membership fee of only £25 per year.

- A hard copy of the WCET Journal four times per year.
  This internationally renowned publication offers: 

  • The chance to publish your articles and read contributions from your colleagues from over 55 countries. 
  • The latest on wound, ostomy and continence clinical practice and evidence-based research. 
  • An opportunity to impact on patient care outcomes worldwide. 
  • News from members from around the world.

- Member rate on your WCET Biennial Congress registration. 
- Access to Norma N. Gill Scholarships. 
- Opportunities to collaborate in the WCET Twinning Projects,
  bringing essential Enterostomal Therapy Nursing knowledge
  and experience to emerging countries. 
- Free access to members only webinars.
- Opportunities for global networking as well as educational 
 support from the WCET members. 
- The opportunity to participate on the Executive Board and 



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History of the WCET
(World Council of Enterostomal Therapists)

The evolution of Enterostomal Therapy nursing is attributed to the visions of two very dedicated pioneers:

  • Dr Rupert Turnbull, a colorectal surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic in the USA and
  • Norma N. Gill, a former patient who had undergone stoma surgery.

Both were visionary in their belief that there was a need for specialized nursing care for those individuals who had undergone ostomy surgery.
Hence, Enterostomal Therapy was founded in the 1970’s.

Stelton, S. The WCET at 40. Advances in Skin & Wound CareApril 2018 - Volume 31 - Issue 4 - p 150–151

WCET Norma N Gill Day 2018


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