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 committees. 
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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, 31(4):150–151

Murphree, R & Ayello EA. Honoring the 100th Birthday of Nora N. Gill, Founder of Enterostomal Therapy. Advances in Skin & Wound Care. June 2020, 33(6):288-289

WCET™ Norma N Gill Day 2018


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