Improving clinical care for people with wounds

Great success of the Welsh Wound Network meeting, May 17 2011

Written by Ian Dillon June 1st 2011

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Over 50 members of the Welsh Wound Network, including a record 21 commercial organisations, gathered at the Hilton hotel in Newport on Tuesday May 17th 2011 and shared a wealth of information.  The event started with a keynote address from Professor Ceri Phillips (Swansea University) on the value of health economics in wound healing.  This presentation set the standard for the day which was ably matched by all presenters.  Ray Samuriwo (University of Glamorgan) shared his on-going PhD studies in the field of understanding the impact of nurses' values on pressure ulcer prevention.  The main highlight of the afternoon were the presentations upon the work of the Surgical Materials Testing Laboratory based at Bridgend.  Drs Pete Phillips and Gavin Hughes outlined the role of the SMTL with Gavin concentrating upon the work SMTL has undertaken in relation to wound management products, a topic of considerable interest to delegates.  In an exciting development the embryonic Welsh Wound Innovation Centre was introduced to delegates.  This virtual centre will in time act as a focus for wound innovation, education and service development across Wales in wound healing.

All speakers have agreed to share their presentations with members of the Welsh Wound Network and the slides from Professor Ceri Phillips can be downloaded here, details of the proposed Welsh Wound Innovation Centre can be found here, presentations from the Surgical Materials Testing Laboratory can be obtained here and finally follow this link to obtain Ray Samuriwo's presentation.  All presentations are given as PDF files which contain a watermark 'Welsh Wound Network' to prevent their direct incorporation into Powerpoint presentations.

Some photographs of the event are shown below.  As discussed previously upon this website the current funding for the Welsh Wound Network from the Welsh Government ended in April 2011.  The Welsh Wound Network is pursuing renewed funding and will continue to function as the voice of wound healing in Wales - there will be no break in service from the Network!

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