Alison Schofield

Lead tissue viability nurse and quality matron for pressure ulcer prevention, North Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation trust

Alison has been actively involved in national projects, such as NHS Improvement's Stop the Pressure work with the development of a new educational framework; the National Stop the Pressure programme, and the new National Wound Care Strategy.

She is interested in the biomechanical forces in pressure ulcer development and early interventions for prevention. Having lead a pressure ulcer prevention team in Bradford for three years, she has gained vast experience in this area, including use of pressure-mapping equipment.

She completed an evaluation of low-friction fabric garments and prevention, which was published in the British Journal of Nursing in 2018.

Alison enjoys presenting on the outcomes of implementations at events and conferences, and is a very active social media participant for the promotion of prevention in practice. She is also co-founder of #TVN2gether, supporting other tissue viability members in the UK.

Messages for presentation:
  • How has the new NHSI pressure ulcer framework been implemented in your trust?
  • The questions and queries we have requested response to
  • Learning lessons from RCA: how to adapt from avoidable and unavoidable.
'Sharing knowledge about good practice among clinical colleagues is so important to me and in an environment which is accessible to attend. Wound Care Today offers opportunity for real-world education from clinicians for clinicians.'

Sheila Parry

After forty years at work, I still find people and organisations fascinating, and I am passionate about making work better for everyone.

From 2001 to 2015, I founded and ran the blueballroom, a strategic and creative consultancy that championed the power of communications and employee engagement in building successful businesses.

I had the privilege of working with some of the world’s largest employers, like DHL, Mars Drinks, Rentokil Initial and Roche, where I learned a lot about how large complex organisations create unique structures and cultures, and how people can make or break them.

Along the way, I became an employer myself and experienced first-hand insight into the challenge and thrill of motivating people at work. I am now working as an independent consultant, specialising in leadership communications, culture and values, and performance.

My book, Take Pride: How to build organisational success through people, was published in September 2018.

What does my involvement with Wound Care Today mean to me? I am passionate about making the experience of work better for everyone and believe that every single one of us – whoever we are or wherever we work – has the ability to influence the culture and performance of our workplaces. I am therefore thrilled to have the opportunity to meet and speak to hundreds of conscientious and caring people who want to make a positive impact, not only on their patients, but also on their teams and colleagues.

'I love what I do and I want everyone else to feel the same.'

David Armstrong

Professor of surgery, Keck School of Medicine, University of South California

Dr Armstrong is professor of surgery at the University of Southern California. He holds a Masters of Science in Tissue Repair and Wound Healing from the University of Wales College of Medicine and a PhD from the University of Manchester College of Medicine, where he was appointed visiting professor of medicine. He is founder and co-director of the Southwestern Academic Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA).

Dr Armstrong has produced more than 480 peer-reviewed research papers in dozens of scholarly medical journals, as well as over 80 book chapters. He is co-editor of the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) Clinical Care of the Diabetic Foot, now in its third edition.

He was appointed deputy director of Arizona’s Center for Accelerated Biomedical Innovation (ACABI) and co-founder of its 'augmented human' initiative, which places him at the nexus of the merger of consumer electronics, wearables and medical devices.

Dr Armstrong was selected as one of the first six international wound care ambassadors and is the recipient of numerous awards and degrees by universities and international medical organisations, including the inaugural Georgetown Distinguished Award for Diabetic Limb Salvage. In 2008, he was the 25th and youngest-ever member elected into the Podiatric Medicine Hall of Fame. He was the first surgeon to be appointed university distinguished outreach professor at the University of Arizona. He was the first podiatric surgeon to become a member of the Society of Vascular Surgery and the first US podiatric surgeon named fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Glasgow. He was the 2010, and youngest ever, recipient of the ADA’s Roger Pecoraro Award, the highest award given in the field.

Dr Armstrong is past chair of scientific sessions for the ADA’s Foot Care Council, and a past member of the National Board of Directors of the American Diabetes Association, as well as a former commissioner with the Illinois State Diabetes Commission. He sits on the Infectious Disease Society of America’s (IDSA) Diabetic Foot Infection Advisory Committee and is the US appointed delegate to the International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot (IWGDF). Dr Armstrong is the founder and co-chair of the International Diabetic Foot Conference (DF-Con), the largest annual international symposium on the diabetic foot in the world.

Jayne Livesey

Lecturer, University of Central Lancashire

I qualified as a registered nurse in 2000. I believed then, as I do now, that I can make a real difference to people’s experience when they need health care. Although the direction that takes has changed over the years, it continues to be my primary goal.

I have experience in a variety of settings, from acute medicine to planned surgery. However, the majority of my career has been spent in primary care. I qualified in 2009 as a community specialist practitioner, and as a clinical practice teacher in 2012.

I am an independent prescriber with a special interest in end-of-life care. I have worked closely with local GPs to promote nurse prescribing in end-of -life care. I believe it is vital to maintain continuity for patients and families, across the locality, as well as improve nurse’s knowledge and autonomy in end-of-life care.

My current post is at the University of Central Lancashire, as a lecturer in adult nursing, although I continue to practice as a clinician in primary care in my spare time.

When the opportunity arose for me to speak at the Wound Care Today conference, I felt it was imperative to take part. As both a nurse and educator, it is fundamental that we share the very best evidence and knowledge to ensure that patients receive a positive and effective experience. A nurse that can demonstrate evidence-based practice, in a caring and compassionate way using the resources available to them, will be the nurse that can and will have a positive impact on their patients.

Points to be covered in my presentation:
  • What is end of life?
  • Holistic approach to end-of-life care and wound management
  • When do we treat proactively? When do we treat for comfort?
‘The care of the dying demands all that we can do to enable patients to live until they die’. (Dame Cicely Saunders)

Sarah Gardner

Clinical lead, tissue viability service, Oxford

Sarah worked for 18 years as a district nurse, community practice teacher and clinical development nurse before moving into a specialist tissue viability nurse role.

She leads a community tissue viability team in Oxfordshire, which supports clinicians in the prevention and management of complex wounds to improve clinical and patient-related outcomes.

Sarah feels passionately that it is only through good education, a nurturing culture, and strong clinical leadership that this can be achieved. She has a particular interest in leg ulcers and has won awards for her work on clinical pathways. She is also very interested in the topic of patient concordance and supports nurses in using motivational interviewing in their clinical assessments to help patients explore and resolve ambivalence to treatment.

Sarah is a trustee for the Tissue Viability Society and is currently co-vice chair for the ‘Legs Matter’ coalition, who are leading the national campaign for improving lower limb care.

'Embedding theory into practice can be challenging for us all. I’m delighted that Wound Care Today has given me the opportunity to share some ideas on how this can be achieved.'

Kirsty Shilstone-Mahoney

Clinical nurse specialist, wound healing, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Kirsty has been a tissue viability nurse in Cardiff and Vale UHB since 2007. Her background is in community nursing, where she was a district nurse team leader for 15 years. She obtained her MSc in wound healing and tissue repair in 2013, and became an independent prescriber in 2016.

As clinical lead for wound care in the community, her remit is to ensure that high quality care is delivered to all patients within the community setting. She is passionate about improving education and knowledge in tissue viability for health and social care staff.

Kirsty is also an active member of the All Wales Tissue Viability Forum, which seeks to raise awareness of tissue viability issues across Wales. She recently enjoyed a secondment at the Welsh Wounds Innovation Center, which gave her the opportunity to explore and work on several projects in partnership with the NHS and private sector at a strategic level. Her specialist interest is wound infection and reducing inappropriate usage of antimicrobial dressings.

'I never pass on the opportunity to share knowledge and improve clinical knowledge, I am thrilled to be a part of the Wound Care Today conference, and believe that it will be an innovative and exciting conference.'

Angela Rodgers

Angela Rodgers, paediatric tissue viability nurse specialist,
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Royal Hospital for Children 

Angela has held the post of paediatric tissue viability nurse in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde since 2007.

She has been instrumental in the development of paediatric and neonatal-specific tools, guidelines and documentation for use in NHS Scotland.

She is an active member of the National Association of Tissue Viability Nurses Scotland and set up the UK Paediatric Tissue Viability Nurses Group in 2014.

Her particular interests within tissue viability are:
  • Pressure ulcer prevention
  • Incontinence associated dermatitis  
  • Prevention and management of post-operative cardiac surgical site infection
  • Complex wound management in neonates and children.

Jenni MacDonald

Lead Nurse for Tissue Viability and Harm Free Care, Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, London

Jenni completed her BSc in tissue viability in 2011 and her MSc in skin integrity in 2017.

She has a background in both community and hospital tissue viability nursing and is the co-founder of #TVN2gether. Graduating in 2018 with a postgraduate certificate in leadership in healthcare (Darzi) from her year as a Darzi fellow has been the highlight of her career so far.

Jenni is passionate about quality improvement and believes that empowering and strengthening the tissue viability specialist nurse community is key to achieving high quality wound care services. She is ambitious and innovative and often prominent on social media with her latest campaign. As the creator of the red dot campaign, Jenni has observed first-hand the impact of borderless collaboration.

'I am excited to share the highlights of my Darzi fellowship journey with those at the conference and hope my reflections on quality improvement at the frontline may ignite others.'

Steven Jeffery

Consultant burns and plastic surgeon, Royal Centre for Defence Medicine at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham; professor, Birmingham City University

Steven has extensive experience in the management of complex wounds.

Learning points from his presentation at Wound Care Today 2019:
  • Classification system of debridement
  • Different debridement techniques
  • Why to debride.
'Wound Care Today offers a great opportunity for wound care practitioners to keep up to date with recent advances.'