Exploring Histories and Futures of Innovation in Advanced Wound Care

Nurses on the Frontline of wound care: from Passchendaele to pressure ulcers

A day of events, papers and discussion in honour of Nellie Spindler during stop pressure ulcer week on Friday 17th November 2017 at  The University of Leeds
Further details including how to book coming soon

Public events will include:

Wenches in Trenches WW1 Field hospital http://www.wenchesintrenches.co.uk/
Readings from WWW1 diaries
Objects from the Thackray Medical Museum 
Items from the West Yorkshire Archive Service 
A poster display
An evening public panel discussion featuring 5 min talks and discussion with speakers from the conference part of the day

A conference for nurses, historians and interested others featuring:

Professor Christine Hallett, Director of the UK Centre for the History of Nursing and Midwifery and Chair of the UK Association for the History of Nursing, University of Manchester on
Nellie Spindler and other Leeds/Yorkshire nurses at Passchendaele

Lijssenthoek Cemetery Visitor Centre.

Professor Alison Fell (University of Leeds) ‘Nursing the Enemy: Accounts from French, German and British nurses’ memoirs and diaries’
Professor Andrea Nelson (University of Leeds) on meeting the contemporary challenge of wound infection
Professor Jane Nixon (University of Leeds) on making a difference through pressure ulcer research
Dr Jessica Meyer (University of Leeds), ‘And they say a woman could do our work!: Male medical care givers in First World War British hospitals’
Lt. Gary Kenward on the lived experience of a military nurse in contemporary conflict
Dr Una Adderley (University of Leeds) ‘Leg Ulcers: How long has this been going on?’
Dr Claire Chatterton (Open University), ‘Rekindling the Desire to Live’? Nursing men following facial injury and surgery during the First World War’
Dr Alexia Moncrieff (University of Leeds), ‘The massage-plug method is best’: Treating venereal disease in the Australian Imperial Force’- A ‘variety’ non wound-care paper

The conference will be opened by Professor Suzanne Hinchliffe, CBE. Chief Nurse/ Deputy Chief Executive The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Professor Andrea Nelson, Head of School of Healthcare, Deputy Head of Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Leeds

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Join us at our third workshop 13th March 2017

Our third workshop will take place on 13th March 2017 11-4 at the Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds. It will focus on marketing, regulation and the evidence base in wound care. Speakers include Alison Hopkins (Why are we not using evidence of best practice in Leg Ulcer care?”), Jo Dumville ( ‘Rise of the machines’: widespread clinical use and lack of RCT evidence for negative pressure wound therapy), Tim Goodacre ( a plastic surgeon’s perspective on wound care), Delia Smith and Kay Walker (on public involvement in wound care research and PURSUN UK) and Claire Jones ( ‘Medicine Sells: A Brief History of Consumer Cultures in Modern Healthcare’). Lunch is provided. Please contact Becky Mears R.Mears@leeds.ac.uk if you would like to attend. We have spaces for health professionals involved in wound care, people from industry, historians, sociologists, people in the medical humanities and for patients/service users. Please do let people know. There are some funds to meet travel costs.

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Check out these blogs arising from workshop 1

Our first workshop was a catalyst for two blogs from presenters at the workshops.

This from Barry Doyle checks out his assertion in the workshop that mid-twentieth century hospitals were run on a daily basis by women with doctors playing only a small part in the quotidian life of the institution https://t.co/7tyvI5fGLt

This from the ‘Forged by Fire’ project team describes Jonathon Reniarz’s exploration at the workshop of the way in which burns have been conceptualised by health professionals over approximately the last two hundred years. https://forgedbyfiresite.wordpress.com/2016/11/30/burns-evolving-wound/


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Panel discussion at the British Science Festival 2016

british-science-festival-swanseaAs part of the Dressed to impress: caring for wounds panel at the British Science Festival in Swansea on 9th September 2016, Mary Madden and Andrea Nelson and Gwyn Tudor CEO of MediWales discussed how new products in wound care are developed and whether they really meet our needs. The panel was chaired by James Stark. Mary Madden was interviewed by Richard Hollingham for the festival X-change show and Andrea Nelson was nominated as the President of the Medical Section by the British Science Association

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Working with Artists

We will have a number of visual artists helping us record the discussions taking place at our 3 workshops.

Jessie White: An experimental designer and maker

Tom Bailey: A graphic Artist

James Holton: from Big Blue Whale Creative Media

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Call for papers and provocations

Cal for papers: Workshop at the Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds

11am – 4pm, 20 September 2016

Advanced wound care deals with chronic, complex wounds, including leg ulcers, pressure ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers and dehisced surgical wounds. Most chronic wounds in the UK are managed by community nurses and the experience of wound care falls as much in the domain of the domestic and everyday as in that of professional medicine and healthcare. Although they are a fundamental part of everyday healthcare, the technologies associated with wounds are often considered mundane and overlooked by both researchers and practitioners, with important consequences for patients and service users.

This project connects academics from a broad range of disciplines with health professionals, patients, carers, service users and industry representatives to explore what we can learn from current and past developments in advanced wound care, from mundane dressings to increasingly technologized products which claim to enhance the healing process.

We invite proposals for research papers (20 minutes) or short provocations (5-7 minutes) which explore and reflect on the history of wound care and/or its current practices in the UK. Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words to Dr Mary Madden (M.T.Madden@leeds.ac.uk) by Friday 8 July 2016. The overall project seeks to explore new areas of research in the history and sociology of wound care and critically examine the current pathways to innovation in their wider context; we are looking to develop larger research projects and interdisciplinary publications.

Topics for this workshop (the first of series of three) might include:

  • nursing and other professions
  • the emergence and reorganisations of the NHS
  • domestic and clinical wound care practices
  • collaborations between industry, patients/service users and health professionals
  • the role of patients and service users as innovators
  • changing conceptualisations of innovation

Travel costs for speakers based in the UK will be covered thanks to support from the AHRC.

Participants include: Professor Alex Faulkner, Professor Dan Bader, Professor Christine Hallett (TBC), Professor Peter Vowden and Dr Madeleine Flanagan.

For further information visit the project website (http://wounds.leeds.ac.uk/ and twitter feed @WoundInnovation) or contact Principal Investigator Dr Mary Madden (m.t.madden@leeds.ac.uk) or Co-investigator Dr James Stark (j.f.stark@leeds.ac.uk).

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