Welcome to the TVS August blog written by Joanna Swann, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and Kate Williams, Leeds Community Wound Prevention and Management Service and TVS Trustees
“I have been a tissue viability nurse for the past 12 years and have seen so many changes during this time. From being very much a “Cinderella” service and not given the credit it deserved to a service seen as essential in many organisations. Obviously this came about through the pressure ulcer agenda but has continued with work around chronic wound management and the cost to the NHS, patients and to society of non-healing wounds. The TVS has played a significant role in supporting projects to support the national agenda, supporting nurses to be able to provide evidence based prevention and wound care strategies and putting patients at the heart of everything they do. This is what made me want to become a trustee. I wanted to be part of something that can make a difference and has the ability to influence key decisions for tissue viability in the future. It’s also a great opportunity to meet health care practitioners from all over the country, and further afield, at education events and conferences, to listen to their experiences, challenges and successes in all things tissue viability.
Back in November 2016 a group of disgruntled tissue viability nurses met to plan a revolution. We represented a wide range of charities and wound care organisations but we were all utterly frustrated by the inequity in quality of care around problems with the lower leg and foot. We decided we had to do something.
From this small beginning, the Legs Matter campaign was born. We decided to work together as a coalition of charities and not-for-profit organisations. We persuaded our own organisations to commit some funds to get the project started and then we successfully applied for an Urgo Foundation award. This enabled us to employ a marketing company to work with us to draft a strategy and design a website and materials to get our message out there.
We want to spread the word that there is so much that can be done to help with problems of the lower legs and feet such as lymphoedema, leg ulcers and diabetic foot ulcers. This campaign has been designed to meet the information needs of patients and the public and our fellow generalist healthcare professionals such as GPs, practice nurses, nurses working in nursing homes and allied health professionals.
There have been some changes in the ability of medical companies to sponsor healthcare professionals like you to attend educational events like the TVS conference.
In the past, many healthcare professionals have relied on medical companies to sponsor them to attend 3rd party educational conferences like TVS, EWMA, Wounds UK and EPUAP.
In 2017 the ABHI (Association of British Healthcare Industries) introduced a new chapter to their code of practice (CoBP) which means that member companies are no longer permitted to sponsor people like you to attend conferences. This directive came into force in January 2018.
Who is the ABHI?
ABHI is the UK industry association for the medical technology sector. It champions the development of safe, effective medical technologies to deliver high quality patient outcomes.
Members range from small and medium sized enterprises to leading multinational businesses.
The ABHI Code of Business Practice (CoBP) governs how healthcare professionals and member companies can work together in an ethical, transparent way. It is self-regulating – all members agree to follow its terms – with an official complaints process if violations are suspected.
How do the new rules affect HCPs?
So, no member company may invite, pay for, make arrangements for or in any way directly support an HCP to attend a 3rd party conference. This is applicable even if you are presenting a clinical poster or speaking in a free paper session that has been developed with a member company, The only time a company may support an HCP to attend a conference is if that person is speaking at a company sponsored symposia and then the support is only allowed to cover the duration of the symposia not the full conference. (more…)
Welcome to the TVS February blog written by Linda Primmer, Community TVN Edinburgh, East & Midlothian and TVS Trustee
Don’t ignore opportunities… This one has YOUR name on it!
The TVS are looking for people to become Trustees with an interest in skin health and wound healing from any profession including: Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Clinical Researchers, Scientists, Medical Staff, Clinical Lecturers, Nurses and Doctors.
If you want to make a national difference to practice believe in yourself…(like I did)….. & read on…….
We are looking for a person like YOU to be a Trustee for the Tissue Viability Society and help improve the lives of the UK population who are at risk of developing or who already have a wound.
Welcome to the first Chair’s blog for 2018 written by the Tissue Viability Society Vice Chair, Heidi Sandoz
Cinderella, the NHS lonely daughter who provides wound care/tissue viability services, was feeling despondent at the end of 2017. For decades she had been trying to expand her service to ensure all patients who needed her could have access to her. She reflected back to 2012 when pressure ulcers became a hot potato for the NHS and how positive she had felt then. This was going to be the moment where finally tissue viability could influence agenda and the NHS governing bodies would see sense in providing access to specialist services for those living with a wound.
“This is it” she said. “This is our moment”.
“Oh no it isn’t” said the Ugly Stepmother “instead I am going to keep you in your tiny, dark office counting pressure ulcers, reporting on pressure ulcers and running around looking at bottoms to work out the cause and category of damage”.