Being a member of the TVS is an amazing resource for any practising clinician!

Background

My name is Connie Traynor and I am a Tissue Viability/Plastics Nurse working in the independent sector: BMI Ross Hall Hospital in Glasgow.

I have been a nurse for 39 years and a Tissue Viability Nurse for the past 12 years and have therefore seen many changes during this time.

Why join the TVS?

The TVS is an exceptional charity that is passionate about high quality of care keeping the focus on holistic patient centred care managing to concentrate on what matters.  The TVS website tvs.org.uk gives lots of information including how to attend conferences and also information regarding educational grants.

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The challenges of developing a city wide wound formulary

Welcome to the TVS February blog written by Kate Williams, Wound Clinical Nurse Specialist, Leeds Community Wound Prevention & Management Service and TVS Trustee

BACKGROUND

I am one of the Tissue Viability Nurses within Leeds Community Healthcare Trust.  For the first time, thanks to a great team of professionals, we have developed a wound formulary that covers both acute and community.  This blog shares some thoughts on the more human side of selecting wound products for formularies.

INFORMATION, EVIDENCE & RESEARCH

As specialists in wound care, knowledge of dressings is essential. All of us are research aware and some are research active. We all understand the hierarchy of evidence, and we understand that the evidence threshold to be CE marked as a dressing is low. 

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Tissue Viability Chair’s Blog

Turning the page…
Welcome to the January 2019 blog written by Ray Samuriwo, Lecturer in Adult Nursing, School of Healthcare Sciences, Cardiff University and TVS Chair

The Christmas and New Year period provides many of us the opportunity to spend some quality time with people that are close to our hearts. During the festive period, we also take the opportunity to reflect on life and to discuss our hopes with those that we love. You are close to the heart of the Tissue Viability Society and so I would like to share my reflections on 2018 and thoughts about the coming year. (more…)

Southampton – The destination for TVS 2019 – The Conference

Welcome to the TVS October blog written by Fran Spratt, Lead Nurse Tissue Viability, University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and TVS Trustee

After another extremely successful and thought provoking Tissue Viability Society conference in 2018, we are now reflecting and planning the Conference for 2019, which is already taking shape and looks like it will be the best yet. The TVS Conference moves around each year, locating in many different areas to give the best chance for the clinicians local to the venue to attend, as well as showcase the good work that’s going on all around the country. After 2018 in Newcastle, in 2019 we are heading to the south coast, to sunny Southampton.

Why Southampton?

Now you may ask yourself what has Southampton got to offer? I live just outside Southampton which is the largest city in Hampshire, and work in University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and so you would think I would know loads about this great city but I have to be honest when asking myself the question, why here? I did struggle at first but actually when you start to research it, it’s a pretty amazing place.

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Why we decided to become a TVS Trustee

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.

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