We were delighted to welcome participants to the first of three workshops at the Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds with the aim to explore innovation in ‘advanced’ wound
care in the wider context of the history and sociology of wound care.
Discussions at this first workshop focused on which health professions, patients and industries have been involved in the development of wound care in the UK and their field of interaction. The nursing/doctor division, the development of materials, the role of industry, the changing demographic of patients and the introduction and development of the NHS are all important factors.
The workshop started with an exploration of the Thackray museums artifacts relating to woundcare throughout history
We had a number of interesting and stimulating presentations and provocations provoking discussion about:
How did advanced wound care develop and how does it sit in the context of the longer history of wound care and the development of the NHS? Why has wound care in the UK become the preserve of nurses rather than for example, surgeons? How have health professionals in the field collaborated with industry and service users and to whose advantage? What role has the patient, carer/service user played in developing advanced wound care?
The discussions were captured in art form by Tom Bailey our Graphic artist.