Conference Programme

All change: a new chapter beckons for tissue viability

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Registration, refreshments and exhibition viewing

9:00 AM - 9:05 AM

9:05 AM - 9:35 AM

Time for reflection: taking stock on how the pandemic has changed tissue viability

The pandemic has transformed many aspects of service provision and education. This session takes stock on the changes, and predicts which of these are likely to become permanent.

9:35 AM - 9:40 AM


9:40 AM - 10:05 AM

Look after yourself: how to protect your mental health and wellbeing in times of extreme challenge and stress

The pressure on staff delivering frontline care curing the pandemic has been unprecedented, with no sign of any let-up. Here, ways of managing and alleviating some of the strain are explored.

10:05 AM - 10:10 AM


10:10 AM - 10:35 AM

Industry Sponsored Session - Sponsored by Urgo

Speaker to be announced soon 

10:35 AM - 10:40 AM


10:40 AM - 11:05 AM

Refreshments and exhibition viewing

11:05 AM - 11:35 AM

Data matters: NWCSP plans for standardising and streamlining data collection

Rachael Lee, Clinical Lead, Lower Limb and Surgical Wound Workstreams, National Wound Care Strategy Programme

Danielle Fullwood, Senior Nurse, Professional Development, Health Education England and Education Workstreams, National Wound Care Strategy Programme

To set goals in tissue viability and monitor progress, there needs to be reliable and consistent collection throughout the UK. The NWCSP is introducing innovative and accessible approaches to data collection to achieve. This session will discuss how TVNs can take the lead in this.

11:35 AM - 11:40 AM


11:40 AM - 12:05 PM

Guiding principle: how national education can inform local learning initiatives

Krishna Gohil, Clinical Lead, Lower Limb and Surgical Wounds, National Wound Care Strategy Programme

The NWCSP has developed numerous educations tools. How can TVNs use these to make local education initiative more impact and dynamic? This presentation will show how.

12:05 PM - 12:10 PM


12:10 PM - 12:40 PM

NWCSP first tranche implementation site – eyewitness account 1

Lucy Woodhouse, Clinical Project Manager and Lead for Tissue Viability and Lower Limb Service, Wye Valley NHS Trust

Implementing something new can be a daunting prospect, people aren’t always receptive to change and it crucial to have the buy in of all involved.

Proving the need for a change in the way we delivered lower limb care within my Trust wasn’t difficult and everyone agreed there was room for improvement.

Implementing the recommendations set out by the National Wound Care Strategy Programme (NWCSP) and developing evidence based pathways has been challenging but several months later we are really seeing the benefits not only to our patients in terms of healing rates but also with the introduction of a digital wound management system and ability to gather data and produce meaningful reports.

12:40 PM - 12:45 PM


12:45 PM - 1:15 PM

NWCSP first tranche implementation site – eyewitness account 2

Julie Mullings, Lead Nurse Tissue Viability & Infection Prevention and Control, Manchester University Foundation Trust

There is widespread awareness of the NWCSP objectives, but, for many, questions remain about implementation. To test the waters, some centres are piloting implementation, to test how well they can deliver required outcomes in real-world conditions, with feedback on how others can learn from their experience. This is the first of two presentations giving preliminary results.

1:15 PM - 1:20 PM


1:20 PM - 2:10 PM

Lunch and exhibition

2:10 PM - 2:40 PM

Pressure ulcer surveillance: implementation of a more rigorous approach. How will this affect you?

Jacqui Fletcher, Senior Clinical Advisor, Stop the Pressure Programme, NWCSP, NHS England and NHS Improvement

As part of the NWCSP, changes in pressure ulcer surveillance are being introduced for widescale implementation. This presentation describes what this will entail.

2:40 PM - 2:45 PM


2:45 PM - 3:15 PM

District and Community Nursing pressures – implications for wound care delivery

Professor Julie Green, Head of School, Nursing and Midwifery, Keele University

District and community nurses play a pivotal role in the nation’s health. From multifaceted clinical management, prescribing and end of life care to liaison and advocacy with care providers, complex funding assessments and so much more, the district and community nursing role is complex. Yet it is a role under unprecedented pressure, even beyond the challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. Julie will provide an update following a recent survey that reveals the pressures and consider the impact that these will have on the delivery of person centred wound care.

3:15 PM - 3:20 PM


3:20 PM - 3:40 PM

Refreshments and exhibition viewing

3:40 PM - 4:10 PM

Palliative wound care in the home and community clinics: addressing patient needs

Jemell Geraghty, Lecturer in Adult Nursing, King’s College London

Patricia Grocott, Professor of Nursing Technology Innovation, King’s College London

The Palliative Care Wound Task force is setting out to redefine palliative wound care, looking at definitions, outcomes and clinical approaches. The speakers outline early results, with practical suggestions of how to improve care.

4:10 PM - 4:15 PM


4:15 PM - 4:35 PM

Debridement: An essential but often missing component of effective wound management.

Kate Shirlow, Trainee Vascular Advanced Practitioner, Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

This session will recap the evidence base for debridement, introducing the concept of wound hygiene and challenging current practice of debridement by dressing application. The role of curette debridement will be explored as an option for all practitioners, to ensure fast and effective wound bed preparation and antibiofilm strategy.

4:35 PM - 4:40 PM