Brenda was first appointed as a community tissue viability nurse in 1992 and developed a wealth of experience in tissue viability prior to becoming a Nurse Consultant in 2008 for both acute and community services. Instrumental in developing local wound care services including leg ulcer prevention and management and pressure ulcer prevention and management. The local leg ulcer services encompassed the development of nurse led clinics, educational programmes both for community staff and the curriculum development and delivery of the former ENB N18 course at the Sheffield University. Involved in primary research as investigator, advisor, steering committee member and data monitoring committee member and has many publications to her name. Has been awarded a travel scholarship, won a Journal of Wound Care award for primary research and a further two for literature reviews also a Wounds UK award for chronic oedema management. A pinnacle of her career came in 2009 when awarded an MBE in the birthday honours list for services to healthcare. Supported the National Wound Care Strategy Programme as steering board member from the onset. Currently working independently for NHSE.
Independent Tissue Viability consultant
Sarah spent 39 years working within the NHS with much of this time in the community. She worked for 18 years as a District nurse, community practice teacher and clinical development lead, and for 12 years was clinical lead of a specialist Tissue Viability team. After re-locating to beautiful Cumbria, Sarah now practises as an independent advisor/ educator through her own Tissue Viability consultancy business.
Sarah is currently vice chair for the Legs Matter campaign and a member of the National Wound Care Strategy Programme (NWCSP) lower limb group. She is passionate about improving the knowledge and skills of clinicians delivering lower limb care and also believes that raising patient and public awareness of lower limb conditions (including leg ulceration) is essential for disease prevention and early treatment intervention.
Janice Bianchi MSc, BSc, PGCE, RGN, RNM
Janice is an independent tissue viability and dermatology educator and honorary lecturer at Glasgow University. She is a member of several dermatology and tissue viability/leg ulcer interest groups.
She is currently leading on the development of several wound and dermatology related projects on behalf of the National Association of Tissue Viability Nurse Specialists Scotland and NHS Education for Scotland
Current projects/activities: •Module Leader, Leg ulcer module Glasgow Caledonian University •Module Leader, Chronic oedema module University of Hertfordshire •Older persons skin resource •Psychosocial aspects of care masterclass – winner of BJN nurse project of the year 2016 •Medical writing •Dermatology and Tissue Viability project with NHS Education for Scotland •Providing educational advice to several wound care and dermatology companies
Kirsten Mahoney RGN, Dip Dn, BSc, MSc, IP
Senior Tissue Viability Nurse and Clinical Operational Programme Improvement Lead
Welsh Wounds Innovation Centre
Kirsten has gained significant experience of working within the sphere of wound healing. Starting in Cardiff and Vale Health Board primarily as a District Nurse Team leader then progressing to leading the Community Wound Team as a Clinical nurse specialist in 2007.
Kirsten has been on secondment from Cardiff and Vale UHB up to December 2019 and has recently joined WWIC on a permanent basis. Her role assists in providing partnership working across the NHS and independent sector and to identify gaps in service provision to improve wound care practice across Wales. She has recently been the project lead for several improvement projects within the NHS. Kirsten is a former chair and current member of the All-Wales Tissue Viability forum, the Leg Ulcer Forum Executive Committee and Shared Services Procurement wound dressings Group.
Kirsten is an Honorary Lecturer at Cardiff University and supports students on the BSc and MSC wound healing programmes. Other activities include peer reviewing articles for publication, writing articles published in national wound and nursing journals and has also presented at conferences on a national and international basis.
Clinical Lead Tissue Viability
Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
Penny has been a community Tissue Viability Nurse for over six years and holds an MSc in Clinical Skin Integrity and Wound Management. With over 20 previous years as a district nurse she is an experience community nurse. Her specialist interest is chronic oedema and she was a member of the advisory panel for the Wound Care People (2019) Chronic Oedema: best practice in the community guidance. Penny is passionate in improving standards of care for those with chronic oedema and other lower limb conditions. She has developed a Chronic Oedema pathway for community nurses and delivers an annual program of Chronic Oedema study days and hosiery workshops.
Wound Care Nurse Consultant
Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge
Robert Gannon is a Wound Care Nurse Consultant in an acute cardiothoracic hospital, Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge. He became a registered nurse in 2001 following completion of a registered nurse diploma at Homerton School of Health Studies, Cambridge University. His interest in wound care goes back 17 years when he begun a wound care pathway BSc in nursing at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. This was followed up with an MSc in Medical Health Education in 2019. He has worked as a senior wound care tissue viability link nurse for several years in intensive care before commencing in a trainee Nurse Consultant post in 2019. He completed his consultancy training in 2020 and was appointed to his current post. His key interests are the use of topical negative pressure in cardiothoracic wound care, surgical wound infection management including the management of biofilms and skin protection in the acutely unwell. Robert has published on the topics of wound bed preparation, leg ulcer management, diabetes in cardiothoracic wound care and MARSI. His most recent conference presentation described data on the impact of COVID-19 on skin integrity in the critically unwell.