Sponsored Places 2017

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The Tissue Viability Society Trustees are delighted to offer a total of 18 sponsored places for students and healthcare professionals to the TVS and European conferences in 2017!

All sponsored places are open to TVS members only. There’s never been a better time to join the TVS at a cost of only £30 (£10 for students!) – click here to join and find out about other member benefits!

For all winners, we would ask you to provide a short article about your experience after the event (with pictures if possible) to include in future materials of the Tissue Viability Society.

Please see below for details of our fantastic sponsored places:

TVS 2017 – The Conference, Edgbaston Stadium, 5-6 April

  • 4 x Undergraduate Student Sponsored Places for TVS 2017 – The Conference (Free registration plus £200 towards accommodation and travel)
  • 5 x Masters/PhD Student Sponsored Places for TVS 2017 – The Conference (Free registration plus £200 towards accommodation and travel)
  • 5 x Healthcare Professional Sponsored Places for TVS 2017 – The Conference (Free registration plus £200 towards accommodation and travel)

Applications are now closed! 


EWMA, Amsterdam, 3-5 May 

  • 2x Tissue Viability Society EWMA Sponsored Places for poster/oral presentations.  We will award a sponsorship of £1,000 towards registration, travel & accommodation.

Closing date for application is 9 April 2017.  

Click here to apply for a EWMA 2017 place!


EPUAP, Belfast, 20-22 September 

  • 2x Tissue Viability Society EPUAP Sponsored Places for poster/oral presentations.  We will award a sponsorship of £750 towards registration, travel & accommodation.

Closing date for application is 30 May 2017. To win, your abstract must be accepted by the EPUAP conference and you must be a member of the TVS.

Click here to apply for a EPUAP 2017 place!


Here’s what some of our previous winners have said…


Helen Beard was one of the TVS sponsored place winners to attend the 5th Conference of WUWHS 2016 in Florence.  Here’s what she said about the experience…

“I was one of the three nurses who was lucky enough to be selected by the Tissue Viability Society (TVS) to attend the 5th Conference of WUWHS 2016 in Florence. The opening ceremony was launched in style in the historic Renaissance Hall with the introduction of the new president Professor Marco Romanelli among other distinguish guest speakers, a choir from the University of Pisa performed Donizetti and Gershwin followed by a traditional flag throwing march and the evening ended with an ‘aperitivo’ in the courtyard outside where people mingled and enjoyed the cool evening air.

The theme of the Conference was One vision, One Mission and the offering of vast learning opportunities including symposia, courses, workshops, focus sessions, and more than 100 exhibitors offering a great chance to discover the most up-to-date solutions in wound care. There were 374 speakers and guests, 28 Rising Stars in Wound Care, 1893 Physicians, 2087 nurses, co-medicals, postgraduates and PhDs registered to attend the event”.

Click here to download and read Helen’s full report


Melissa Forde was one of the TVS – 2016 The Conference sponsored place winners, here’s what she had to say about the 2 days…

“I was over the moon to have received one of the highly coveted sponsored places for undergrad students to the TVS 2016 conference, which this year, was held in Cardiff.

Myself and fellow Napier student, Yvonne Fleming, had applied agreeing to share the prize if only one of us was lucky enough to be chosen. This would have allowed us both to attend and share the cost. Well you can just imagine our delight when both of us received our emails!

My awareness of tissue viability as a topic in nursing surfaced in my first year of study at Edinburgh Napier University. After our introductory lecture on skin I was interested to find out more about this amazing and often underrated organ. Further reading led me to the topic of wound healing and since then my interest has grown.

Students at Napier are lucky enough to have a former TV Nurse Specialist and fantastic lecturer Alisa Sharpe as our guide into tissue viability and wound management.

Highlights of the 2016 TVS conference included meeting Heidi Sandoz and the TVS Trustees, all of whom where welcoming and congratulated us on our sponsored places.

I enjoyed all the talks but some that really grabbed my interest were ‘Standardising outcome measurements in wound care trials: the need for consensus’ by the fantastic Dr Georgina Gethin from NUIGalway and ‘The patient experience’ given by Fran Spratt. Both speakers were passionate and engrossing.

Through my own experience of wound care during hospital and community placements, I myself can see a need for the standardisation of wound measurements, however I also recognise the difficulty of attaining this.

Andrew, the patient who’s experiences we were learning about was unable to attend however Fran Spratt was on hand to give his talk and as she had worked closely with Andrew she was able to give a impassioned account of his journey and healing process, which is still on-going.

We also learned a lot about new and upcoming treatments and tools on offer to TVNs by interacting with the attendees at each of the exhibition stalls.

A social highlight of the conference was the dinner held at the National Museum of Cardiff. This was spectacular for me on two fronts. Not only were we able to meet all the trustees and attendees on a more informal and social level, while also having and amazing meal, we were given the opportunity to peruse the art gallery and a small section of the history museum. I have a keen interest in archaeology and ancient history so this was very interesting!

I cannot thank the TVS enough for what can only be described as a unique and informative experience for a student nurse with a passion for tissue viability”.


Kathleen Peralta was one of the TVS – 2016 The Conference sponsored place winners, here’s what she had to say about the 2 days…

“It was the first day of April when I found out that I won a sponsored place for TVS conference 2016. I was so happy to be given this kind of opportunity.

The conference was set in Cardiff City Hall ad I felt that the event was nicely organised, from registration down to selection of topics/workshops included in the programme. On both days, I get to have a walk around the booths and talked to reps about products that may be beneficial to use in my current workplace. It is good to know that there are other products who could help us improve quality of patient care.

Most of my day was spent listening to the talks in the main assembly hall which gave me valuable information about current issues in pressure ulcer management and the importance of Evidence based practice.

The 2 day conference has given me information and experience which I will be sharing with my clinic manager and colleagues. Aside from that, I got plenty  of pens to share to them too! 🙂

Again, thank you TVS for the sponsorship. I sure am one lucky RGN and hope to see you again.”