About us

Who We Are

Management Team

Greg Baily

Michael Clark PhD

Michael Clark is a Visiting Professor in Tissue Viability, Tissue Viability Practice Development Unit, Faculty of Health, Birmingham City University, UK. He also works as an independent consultant having previously worked between 2003-09 within the Department of Dermatology and Wound Healing at Cardiff University and had responsibility for physical measurement research within the Department. A zoologist by training, Professor Clark has worked in tissue viability and wound healing since 1980.

 

Professor Clark is Manager of the Welsh Wound Network, Chief Executive of the Lindsay Leg Club Foundation and is the President of the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel. He was Editor in Chief of the Journal of Tissue Viability from 2000 to 2010 and now serves as Emeritus Editor of that publication.


Keith Harding
Professor Keith Harding MB ChB MRCGP FRCP FRCS has had a longstanding interest in wound healing. He has undergone training in both general surgery and general practice. He was appointed as the first Director of the Wound Healing Research Unit in 1991. From 2002 – 2005 he was Head of the University Department of Surgery and currently is Head of the Department of Dermatology and Wound Healing, School of Medicine, Cardiff University and Clinical Director of Wound Healing in the Cardiff & Vale NHS Trust. He is also Director of Innovation and Engagement (Third Mission) in the School of Medicine. His clinical practice is exclusively focused on treating patients with wound healing problems with a wide range of aetiologies. He has authored over 300 publications in the field of wound healing and has written a number of chapters and books in this area including the ABC of Wound Healing published in the British Medical Journal in 2006. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Wound Journal published by Blackwell. He was the First President of the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, First Recorder of the European Wound Management Association and is a Past President of the European Tissue Repair Society. He was Chair of the International Working Group on Wound Healing in Diabetic Foot Disease in 2003, Chair of the Expert Working Group that produced the World Union of Wound Healing Societies (WUWHS) Consensus Document on minimising pain at wound dressing related procedures in 2004. He was Chair of the WUWHS Expert Working Groups on Exudate in 2007 and on Compression, VAC therapy and Wound Diagnostics in 2008. He was also Chair of International Consensus Document on wound infection in 2008. He chaired an International Working Group on Pressure Ulcer Prevention, Prevalence and Evidence in Context which was published in 2009. He has obtained funding of over £30 million from a range of academic, commercial and clinical sources since the Wound Healing Research Unit was created in 1991.

Jerry Hutchinson
I graduated from University of Leeds with a BSc (hons) degree in Microbiology, and went on to do a PhD in Medical Mycology. In 1980 I joined the Department of Microbiology of Birmingham University to study the pathogenicity of Candida albicans. In 1983 I joined the Microbiology Department of ER Squibb’s International Development Laboratory, Wirral, and in 1985 I moved to the newly-founded ConvaTec Biological Research laboratory, which later became the ConvaTec Wound Healing Research Institute, and later the Global Development Centre (GDC) in August 2000. I have focused on the biology and the underlying disease states of chronic wounds for many years. I am responsible for helping to drive innovation process in ConvaTec, and enjoy seeking out the perfect fit between the needs of the wound and the performance of the product. I am based in ConvaTec’s GDC facility in Deeside, North Wales.

I am a member of the WWN Executive Committee, and in this role I help represent the wound care industry in Wales. As a centre of excellence and innovation in wound care, Wales is among the leaders clinically and industrially, and it is my aim to ensure that this continues through the activities of the WWN.

Jane James
I trained and qualified as a nurse at the Royal London Hospital in1986 . After spending time on an Infection Control Unit I moved back to Wales and worked in a critical care environment. I soon realised that I had an interest in wound management and became a District Nurse to develop my experience. I completed my diploma in district nursing in 1991, and then spent 2 years working as a volunteer medical support worker at the Scripps Medical centre in San Diego. I completed an Msc in Tissue Viability in 2001 and became the Clinical Nurse Specialist in Tissue Viability for Carmarthenshire NHS trust, which has recently merged with neighbouring Trusts to become Hywel Dda Health Board.

I have just completed a two year period as chair of the All Wales Tissue Viability Nurses Forum; an active group founded in 2003, responsible for development of clinical competencies, audit and standardisation of practice of wound care in Wales. I am a council member of the Tissue Viability Society, and also a member of the Welsh Wounds Network (WWN) executive committee, I sit on the WWN committee to represent nurses involved and specialising in wound care. I am very excited about the potential for the WWN to fulfil its aim of promoting the expertise in wound healing that is available within Wales to both UK and wider audiences. The benefits of collaboration between the different parties involved in wound care is considerable and I look forward to the future of supporting the network to contribute to and develop the field of wound healing.

Sharon Thomas
Dr Sharon Thomas graduated with a BSc in Applied Biology from Cardiff University in 1980 and a PhD from the University of Wales College of Medicine in 1983. Following graduation Dr Thomas held a number of post doctoral research positions in the Welsh Medical and Dental schools working on projects for Schering Plough, Nobel Pharma and the British Heart Foundation. She has worked for the Welsh Development Agency since 1992, initially on a consultancy basis, and since 1999 as the Welsh Development Agency's and now the Welsh Assembly Government's Healthcare and Life Science Specialist driving the expansion of this sector in Wales. Dr Thomas is currently a member of the Executive Group of MediWales, PETIC and SATRE.

Gwyn Tudor

Trudie Young
I completed my nurse training in 1982 with subsequent BSc in 1991 and an MSc in 1999, having become interested in tissue viability whilst a ward sister in an Elderly Mental Illness unit. I then had the opportunity to move in 1992 into a joint role both as a lecturer in Tissue Viability (Bangor University) and as the Clinical Nurse Specialist in Tissue Viability (Conwy & Denbighshire NHS Trust). For the last three years I have moved from clinical practice and I have a lecturing and research role undertaking my PhD into coping and adjustment in people with pressure ulceration. I am Chair of the Scientific Committee for European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel and member of the All Wales Tissue Viability Nurses Forum. I am a member of the Welsh Wounds Network (WWN) executive committee and I am there to represent academic colleagues. I am very excited about the potential for the WWN to fulfil its aim of raising awareness and setting standards for research, development and education to support industrial and clinical developments in wound healing in Wales.

I have found the open meetings to be an excellent medium for bringing together all the relevant individuals and groups and to establish what I hope will be a strong network of interested parties. I can foresee obvious benefits of collaboration and the WWN provides a vehicle for developing future projects. I am pleased that our next open meeting will be in North Wales and look forward to welcoming you to Wrexham.

Our Mission

 


Implementation
Implementation of innovative practices and interventions that are based upon high quality research

Communication
Communication to Welsh Wounds Network members and non-members regarding advances in wound healing

Representation
Representation of the views of Welsh Wounds Network members to healthcare policy makers

Promotion
Promotion of the expertise in wound healing that is available within Wales to both UK and wider audiences.

Evaluation

Evaluation of new practices and innovations through high quality collaborative research, audit and other enquiries

Dissemination
Dissemination to healthcare professionals, academic colleagues, members of the public, policy makers and the bioscience industries and other stakeholders via the Welsh Wounds Network web site, conferences and other events of
• Information related to effective wound healing practices and innovations
• Examples of all aspects of peer accepted best clinical practice in wound healing

Through these actions the Welsh Wounds Network aims to contribute to and develop the field of wound healing.

 

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