Excellence in wound care was recognised and rewarded at the Mölnlycke Health Care Academy annual Scholarship and Awards lunch at the Vintner’s Hall, London on the 2nd May 2014.
Dr David Foster, Deputy Director of Nursing for NHS England presented the certificates, which included awards for the Burn Care Advisory Team, London, Carol Johnson, Tissue Viability Matron, from Darlington and Helen Mountford, Staff Nurse, from Walsall.
It was a difficult task for judges Trudie Young, Mark Collier, Julie Evans and Brenda King and there were cheers as the winners’ names were announced.
The prestigious 2014 Novice Scholarship was awarded to Staff Nurse Helen Mountford for her work on wound care in the palliative care setting. Helen aims to ensure that tissue viability becomes integral to the palliative care offered to children using the services of Acorns Children’s Hospice inWalsall.
Helen and her team want practitioners to move away from palliative wound care, which they believe may excuse poor outcomes, and focus instead on the provision of pain relief, dressings, information and emotional support, especially for children approaching the end of life.
The scholarship will help achieve this through better awareness of tissue viability using education and presentations at training events along with the development of guidance in ensuring continuity of care to a consistent standard. Helen also aims to share good practice around the Children’s Hospice movement through the charity “Together for Short Lives”.
Ultimately, she wants to ensure that all children have tissue viability considered as part of their care and that the information and equipment is in place to support their parents in pressure ulcer prevention and management.
In the Burns category, the award went tothe Burn Care Advisory Team, London and South East of England Burn Network; Kristina Stiles, Karen Lambourne, Suzy Whiting, Eva Daníčková.
The Award submission focused on the development of a burns network; an amalgamation of specialist services with advisors providing education and training to emergency departments to ensure a coordinated and consistent approach to burn trauma.
Since 2011 this team has made major advances in the management and treatment of burns across the region, recruiting link nurses, cascading guidelines and burn care standards and working with wound care companies to present regional study days.
The winner in the Pressure Ulcer category wasCarol Johnson, Tissue Viability Matron, from Darlington Memorial Hospital. Her submission looked at whether the application of a five layer silicone dressing can reduce the incidence of heel blisters in post-operative patients who undergo spinal anaesthesia.
The study was proposed after a review showed patients were developing heel blisters within the first 24 hours of surgery, despite prevention strategies being used.
The hope is that a dressing to the heel to complement routine prevention strategies will decrease the shear and friction potential. Carol also makes recommendations for a wider study to include patients who have a sensory deficit, such as those newly admitted with stroke and elderly dementia patients.
A certificate for a Highly Commended submission went to Wendy Luke, Deputy Manager of Chester Court Care Home.Wendy and the team had worked to find a suitable dressing that would maintain the seal on a patient’s ventilation mask, but allow treatment to be applied to the small pressure ulcer on her face.
Ali Hedley, National Clinical Manager for Mölnlycke Health Care said: “The judges faced a difficult task in choosing the winners from a very strong field of entries. It was heartening to see innovation, compassion and all round excellence across hospitals, hospices and care homes. Every submission represented a true passion for wound care along with genuine concern for patient well being. Our congratulations go to all our winners.”
The wound care academy awards aim to celebrate innovation in patient care, whether through a patient case study or service improvement. The most prestigious award is given to a novice tissue viability practitioner who demonstrates through their entry why they would like to further develop their knowledge and experience through tissue viability. Rewarding them with a bursary and providing mentorship through the academy enables them to carry out personal and professional development.
Mölnlycke Health Care is one of the world’s leading providers of wound care solutions to the health care sector. The company produces a range of dressings used in the treatment of wounds.