Wounds UK Annual Conference

Wounds UK Annual Conference, Harrogate – Monday 14th – Wednesday 16th November 2016

The biggest Wound Care event of the year, Wounds UK is being held at the Harrogate International Centre. Entitled ‘Making the Case for Change: Embracing guidelines, processes and patient partnership’, this year’s event features sessions on key issues that clinicians face today, as well as an extensive scientific programme and the popular ‘Made Easy’ workshops. The event will also include the full-day diabetic foot masterclass hosted by the Foot in Diabetes UK group (FDUK).

Stand 32, It’s all about the outcome:

Mölnlycke Health Care’s stand focus this year is ‘All about the outcome.’ Split into four key formulary areas, (wound contact layers, foams, gelling fibres and dermatology), we will show how our formulary solutions support better outcomes for patients, clinicians and your health economy.

Additionally, we will have an ‘Artist’s Corner’ on stand, where we will be asking two key questions to delegates: ‘In your role, what gets you up in the morning?’, and ‘In your role, what keeps you awake at night?’

These insights will be captured by our illustrator who will be drawing live on stand, creating a mosaic of different thoughts and feelings and capturing the overall atmosphere of those working with Wound Care. Come and visit us at Stand 32 and learn more about our wound care solutions.

Is your clinical practice safe?

In addition to our exhibition stand, we will be hosting a symposium on Tuesday 15th November, 8:00-8:45am in Hall D entitled ‘Is your clinical practice safe? Addressing patient safety and clinical integrity when using wound contact layers with NPWT’. All Wounds UK delegates are welcome to attend the symposium and registration is not required.

According to a recent survey, more than 50% of UK clinicians didn’t know whether their preferred wound contact layer dressing could be safely used with NPWT1. During the symposium, a new consensus document on the appropriate use of wound contact layer dressings alongside NPWT will be introduced.

The symposium will be presented by Jacqui Fletcher, Independent Consultant, and Joanne McCardle, Diabetes Foot Clinical Research Fellow at NHS Lothian, Edinburgh.

With more than 1,300 delegates set to attend, the event promises to be a must-see part of the 2016 wound care calendar, and we hope to meet you there!


  1. Mölnlycke Health Care Survey, Wound contact layers with NPWT, Sep-Nov 2015.

Speaker biographies

Jacqui Fletcher

Jacqui Fletcher is currently an Independent Wound Care Consultant and Editor of Wounds UK journal.

Prior to this Jacqui was the Clinical Strategy Director at the Welsh Wound Innovation Centre and had an honorary clinical contract at Cardiff and Vale UHB. Jacqui was an Honorary Fellow of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) from 2011 - 2014. She has worked for Midlands and East Strategic Health Authority as the Lead for Harm Free Care, focussing on the ambition to eliminate all avoidable category 2, 3 and 4 pressure ulcers. She has also worked as a Principal Lecturer, University of Hertfordshire.

Jacqui is a Patron of the Lindsey Leg Club, a committee member for the International Wound Infection Institute and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for International Wound Journal, the Journal of Wound Care and Wounds UK journal. She served as an Executive of the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel from its inception in 1996 until 2010 and was instrumental in developing the new guidelines serving as a lead for a working group.

Jacqui has published widely and speaks at both national and international conferences. She is an advisor for the Royal College of Nursing and actively participates in many projects for the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence. (NICE).


Dr. Joanne McCardle

Dr. Joanne McCardle is a Diabetes Foot Clinical Research Fellow at NHS Lothian, Edinburgh. Joanne has an extensive and high level clinical experience within the NHS and she is part of a pioneering diabetes multi-disciplinary team. She is an acknowledged publisher in the area of the diabetic foot and a regular lead in clinical research and audit.

Dr McCardle has been project lead of the 'TRIEPODd-UK' group, working on the development and publication of the 'Competency framework for Integrated Diabetic Foot Care'. The framework was developed in response to a need for standardising clinical competencies in diabetic foot care and is now being used across the UK as a benchmark for services and for individual clinical development.

Her commitment to diabetes and the profession has been widely recognised and she's been awarded two fellowships from The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Glasgow. She is a committee member for FDUK, SDFAG, DUK professional education group and the editorial planning group for the Diabetic Foot Conference.