All Wales Tissue Viability Nurses Forum

All Wales Tissue Viability Nurses Forum



The idea of an All Wales group was generated following a formal meeting of the South Wales Tissue Viability Group with Rosemary Kennedy the Chief Nurse for Wales who advised the formation of an all Wales group. Following an informal discussion between North and South Wales group of Tissue Viability Nurses, the All Wales Tissue Viability Nurses Forum was formed in September 2003.


Tissue viability is an umbrella term affecting people of all ages from birth to death, in home, hospital or community setting and at any point along the patient’s journey through their health care episode.

Tissue viability includes the holistic assessment of patients with actual or potential skin / tissue damage and provides a pathway for management of care options.
This is a speciality that considers protection of tissue integrity alongside all aspects of skin and soft tissue injuries including simple, complex, acute and chronic wounds, in addition to consequential tissue damage due to underlying chronic disease.

Terms of Reference of the All Wales Tissue Viability Nurses Forum.


Accountability.

The group will be accountable to the Chief Nurse for Wales, all Welsh Nurse Executives and to NMC.

Aims

The Aims are within the six key principles from the Institute of Medicine (Design for life 2005).

Safety, Effectiveness, Patient Centred, Timely , Efficient and Equitable

1. To raise awareness of Tissue Viability in order to improve patient outcomes

2. To raise awareness of the impact of Tissue Viability in Health Economics

3. To promote evidence based practice in Tissue Viability and influence appropriate policy across Wales.

4. To be recognised by the Welsh Assembly Government as a knowledgeable and valuable resource.

5. To contribute to the body of knowledge by initiating and participating in Tissue Viability research and audit.

6. To improve patient outcomes by maintaining the links with academia and disseminating knowledge relating to Tissue Viability to all healthcare providers.

7. To work in partnership with industry in order to improve patient care.

8. To provide peer support to all Tissue Viability nurses working in Wales.


Membership


Membership is free and open to Registered Nurses within Wales where Tissue Viability is the main part of their role.

The officers consist of a Chair, Vice-Chair and secretary with a two year term of Office for each.

The vice chair will be decided through nomination and closed ballot. The proposed Vice Chair will have to agree to the nomination
The Vice Chair will automatically step up to the office of Chair, therefore agreeing to a four year commitment. After the end of this period the member will be not be eligible for re-election for a period of two years.

The Quorum for a meeting will be ten members
The majority needed for a decision will be 60% of all members.
Other professionals may be co-opted as required, but they will have no voting rights.

The member has a responsibility to make every effort to attend the meetings, and if not able should send an apology with fair notice to the secretary. Each Trust/LHB should be represented at least once each year.

Meetings

Meetings will be held three times a year in a central location. Industry will be invited to sponsor the meetings and in order to maintain the professional integrity of the group all companies will be asked to sponsor on rotational basis. One hour will be allocated to the sponsor/sponsors at each meeting, to update the group on new clinical innovations.

Reporting

Minutes will be made available by E-mail posted to the group and will be on the All Wales Tissue Viability Nurses Forum Website following development.
 

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