Our Fellows

TVS Fellows

Professor Jane Nixon PhD, RN, MBE

Jane Nixon is Professor of Tissue Viability and Clinical Trials Research and Deputy Director at the Institute of Clinical Trials Research. In 2016 she was appointed as an NIHR Senior Investigator, in 2017 was awarded an MBE for her contribution to health research and in 2018 was appointed as a Fellow of the Tissue Viability Society.

Jane leads an internationally renowned National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded programme of research in pressure ulcer prevention including three large mattress trials and important areas such as pain, severe pressure ulcers, risk factors, risk assessment, and quality of life, with a strong practice focus. Jane has developed NHS capacity including Nurse Consultant/Specialists as PIs and Clinical Research Nurses across 30 NHS Trusts led a successful team who have recruited circa 6000 patients in 7 years.

Jane was a TVS Trustee from 2007-2017 (with a 1 year break), including a 4 year period as Vice Chair and Chair of Trustees and 8 year period as Treasurer, playing a key role in the TVS’s strategic development as an organization and influencing national policy and practice. In 2015 Jane initiated the Wounds Research Network (WReN) on behalf of the TVS which agreed to pump-prime the network and has led to a greater awareness of the large portfolio of multi-disciplinary wounds related research and associated methodological work of relevance to clinical practice.

In response to the award of the 3rd Fellow of Tissue Viability Society Jane said ‘I have been honored, privileged and humbled to work at a national level with dynamic and committed professionals who are dedicated to improving standards of clinical care, education and research practice.’


Maureen Benbow

Maureen was a senior lecturer at the University of Chester teaching a range of courses including Tissue Viability to pre-registration, post-registration nurses and other healthcare professionals and was a TVS Trustee from 2011-2016.

Her clinical background is in trauma, orthopaedics and Tissue Viability and she has published widely on aspects of Tissue Viability including Evidence Based Wound Management, in 2005.

Maureen’s special interests are in pressure ulcer prevention, wound assessment and management, law and ethics. She is keen to help develop post-registration nurses to reach their academic potential and so improve patient care.


Professor Carol Dealey


Professor Dan Bader

Professor Dan Bader is a physicist by training (BSc, MSc) with a PhD in Bioengineering at the University of Southampton. His postdoc position at Oxford University focused on engineering aspects of pressure ulcer (PU) prevention. He later moved to Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL) as a lecturer in Biomaterials leading Soft Tissue Research in the EPSRC Funded IRC in Biomedical Materials (1991-2002).

In 1999, he became first Professor of Medical Engineering, establishing a world-renowned research group at QMUL. In 2011, he joined the Faculty of Health Sciences (FoHS) at University of Southampton as Professor of Bioengineering and Tissue Health, to establish a multidisciplinary team focusing on Skin Health.  Since 2000, he has been a Part-Time Professor in Soft Tissue Remodelling in Biomedical Engineering at Eindhoven University collaborating with Oomens on skin damage and PU research. In 2006, he was elected to the World Council of Biomechanics.

In 2011, he became Editor of the Journal of Tissue Viability and was presented the Senior Investigators Award by the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP), an organisation he serves as a Trustee. His research areas include (i) Bioengineering solutions in PU prevention; (ii) Imaging of soft tissues; (iii) Designing medical devices and systems for clinical use; (iv) Cell/tissue biomechanics. Bader has published over 225 scientific papers, has a current H factor of 51, and edited three books.

In 2019, he was successful with an EU H2020-MSCA Integrated Training Network (ITN) entitled “Skin Tissue INTegrity under Shear (STINTS)” award, totalling Euros 3 million, employing 13 early Stage Researchers across Europe.


Alison Hopkins

Alison Hopkins is Chief Executive of Accelerate Community Interest Company, a spin out from the NHS in 2011.  Based in Tower Hamlets, Accelerate provides complex wound and lymphoedema services across London and the South East. Starting as a District Nurse, Alison has been in the tissue viability nursing specialism since 1989 and has an MSc in Psychology and Health. Starting leg ulcer clinics as a District Nurse and Well Leg clinics, her passion remains the creative use of compression therapy within leg ulcer management and quality of life issues for all patients. She continues to successfully raise the profile of complex wounds and lymphoedema within the long term conditions agenda, alongside raising the issues of patient harm in a healthcare environment that has accepted poor healing and wet legs as the norm. 

Alison received an MBE for Services to Nursing in 2018. Alison held the position of Chair and Trustee for the Tissue Viability Society (2011-13).  She has a number of publications, is a national and international speaker and launched the Accelerate Treatment Centre as the first Centre of Excellence for complex leg ulcers and lymphoedema care in September 2015.​

Here’s what Heidi Sandoz, Tissue Viability Services Lead, Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust and Honorary Lecturer, University of Hertfordshire. has to say about Alison receiving the award…

“Alison Hopkins has consistently driven improvements in wound care, particularly the lower limb, for over 3 decades. Her passion and commitment know no bounds, her desire to help people living with leg ulcers have better lives the driver for all she does. Her centre of excellence in Tower Hamlets serves not only the local population (where the wound prevalence is lower than anywhere else that has published) but those from wider a field.

A past Chair of the Tissue Viability Society this ambition extends beyond her local remit and she has been a great supporter and contributor to the national agenda for change in chronic wound care outcomes and Legs Matter.

There are many of us out there who have been touched by Alison inspiring us to remain focused, keep learning, stay passionate and have the patient at the heart of all we do.

The TVS Trustees wanted to recognise her achievements and say thank you by offering her a lifetime fellowship award with TVS”.