Advanced wound care deals with chronic, complex wounds, including leg ulcers, pressure ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers and dehisced surgical wounds. Although a fundamental part of everyday health care, technologies of wound care are often considered mundane and are overlooked by both researchers and practitioners, with important consequences for service users.
Funded by an AHRC Research Network Grant and led by Dr Mary Madden with Dr James Stark from the University of Leeds this project will connect academics from a broad range of disciplines with patient and industry representatives to explore what we can learn from current and past developments in advanced wound care. We will be hosting three workshops at the Thackray Medical Museum between June 2016 and May 2017 to discuss the challenges associated with innovation in chronic wound care. Major outputs will include an edited collection based on the outcomes of the workshops, an industry-facing briefing document, a public panel debate, creative visual outputs and a new network of interdisciplinary scholars which will be supported in the longer-term by digital resources. Throughout we will be working closely with our project partner, the WoundTec Healthcare Technology Co-operative.