The 2015 Mölnlycke Health Care Wound Academy scholarship and award winners were announced at the Royal Opera House, London on 27th May 2015.You can view the 2015 Wound Academy awards photos here.
Now in its 14th year, the Wound Academy scholarship and awards celebrates Health Care Professionals working within wound care management for innovation within wound care practice. Winners of the scholarship and awards benefit from a bursary and mentorship through the academy, enabling them to continue personal and professional development.
Health Care Professionals from across the country gathered along with special guests including Dr David Foster (Director of the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Policy Unit at the Department of Health), Heneritta Spalding (Head of Advocacy for Changing Faces Charity), Richard Henry (President Elect for UK Oncology Nursing Society) and Deborah Glover (Independent Advisor and Editor of the Primary Care Nursing Review).
The winners included:
2015 Novice Scholarship Winner:
Angela Rivett, Tissue Viability Nurse, City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
A newcomer to tissue viability, Angela works within a small team of TVN’s in Sunderland. . As part of the ongoing effort to meet CQUIN targets, Angela has been allocated specific clinical areas to work with to ensure the ‘SSKIN’ bundle is delivered effectively. As part of this, the team are establishing a learning zone as well as developing a handbook for health care professional students.
Angela applied for this scholarship to continue her development in both her skills and knowledge. The bursary will help Angela to achieve this and help develop the service.
Innovations in Burns and Plastics:
Rosemary Rose, Tissue Viability Clinical Nurse Specialist, Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust
Rosemary’s entry outlined a case study which demonstrated the use of a portable negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) and allogenic keratinocytes were used alternative to the application of a skin graft to heal a full thickness skin loss head wound.
The treatment resulted in faster healing compared to typical wound management using advanced dressing and allowed the patient to be managed as an outpatient, enabling her to be with her family. Additionally, the treatment regimen was cost effective with fewer dressing changes and less nursing time required managing the wound.
Innovations in Service Development:
Overall Winners - Michelle Porter and Jane Parker, Tissue Viability Nurses, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, King’s Lynn.
Michelle and Jane outlined the ‘Ready to Roll’ campaign, with the aim of promoting improved pressure area care within the hospital. The campaign was designed to place people rather than statistics first, and remind staff that patients are at the heart of care.
With the support of the hospital’s board, the campaign was launched across the hospital to the nursing lead, risk management workers, clinical ward staff, therapy staff and medical staff running concurrent to the ASKINS tool. By working with the Trust’s communications department, the campaign was widely visible and professionally delivered with elements such as presentation boards, lanyard cards and of course the obligatory t-shirt!
As a result of this campaign, the number of pressure ulcers has decreased from over 30 a month to 10 a month and continues to decrease. Cost savings have been seen with a reduction in bed days, nursing hours and dressings required and their patients are harm-free and safe whilst in the hospital’s care.
Highly Commended - Kate Green and Hayley Williams, Macmillan Head and Neck Clinical Nurse Specialists, The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust, Wirral.
Within the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre (CCC), management and prevention of radiotherapy skin reactions was haphazard and inconsistent. Kate and Hayley aimed to ensure that all patients treated with radiotherapy experienced the lowest possible impact to their quality of life from radiation-induced skin reactions, regardless of their post-treatment care settings.
As part of this, they planned to:
- Produce an evidence-based Radiation Induced Skin Reaction (RISR) Policy, published on the internal intranet.
- Identify and engage with medical and non-medical stakeholders to cascade the policy through training, study days and drop-in sessions.
- Develop links with and cascade to community nurses within the CCC catchment area, including Tissue Viability Nurses, nursing homes, practice nurses and district nurses.
- Investigate and implement evidence-based prevention and management strategies.
- Ensure appropriate products for the prevention and management of RISR’s are available at point of care within CCC.
- Validate training and audit of patient outcomes.
Within the past year, Kate and Hayley have delivered most of these objectives, with the RISR policy planned to be incorporated into the wider wound care formulary and the introduction of a TVN post within the CCC.
Highly Commended - Joan Sweeney, Macmillan Specialist Radiographer, The Beacon Centre, Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton.
Joan’s entry undertook a critical evaluation of the role of the on-treatment review radiographer, as part of a skill-mix review. The evaluation showed a 37% increase in radiographer-led reviews. This was partly explained by improved activity capture and the growth in confidence of the Clinical Oncologists in allowing the review team to manage toxicities on their behalf. However, some complex reviews took up to an hour, but were only scheduled a 10 minute slot.
The evaluation provided insight into the available resources and gaps in local services, inspiring the hospital to participate in regional education to address gaps.
As a result, it has been agreed that simple, Grade 1 reviews will be undertaken by radiographers during the course of treatment, with more complex review being undertaken by a Macmillan Late Effects consultant. Furthermore, it has led to a reduction in the number of patients returning for Oncology follow-up, thus saving money. Information provision and care plans have been redesigned, and are now forwarded to GP’s to better inform them of expected acute and late effects, resulting in fewer primary care appointments for the patient.
We congratulate this year’s nominees and winners and look forward to following their personal and professional development. Applications for the 2016 Mölnlycke Health Care Wound Academy scholarship and awards will open later this year.