Tuesday 7th September

Each day there are 5 educational sessions - you can select which ones you would like to attend during registration. 

We have 9 zones over two days so ensure you attend both days to maximise your CPD hours! 

Wound infection and increased bioburden is a key cause of non-healing. Failure to spot the clinical signs of infection when they first appear can delay healing, causing patients unnecessary suffering. This session will show how to identify the signs and symptoms of infection and the level of risk to the patient.

At the end of the session, attendees will:
  • Be able to identify patients that are at risk of wound infection
  • Be able to identify covert and overt signs of wound infection
  • Be clear about the steps required to prevention wound infection
  • Be aware of the symptoms of wound infection that require emergency intervention
This session will explain the principles of holistic wound assessment – the cornerstone of wound management. It will look at the essentials of the process, outlining what cues and indicators to look out for.

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For the past few years, pressure ulcer prevention has been top of the agenda in terms of avoiding preventable patient harm. This session will provide an update on the latest developments in pressure ulcer prevention and management.

At the end of the session, attendees will:
  • Understand how to categorise pressure ulcers
  • Be able to identify common anatomical locations for pressure ulcers
  • Be able to implement a pressure ulcer management plan
The National Wound Care Strategy Programme (NWCSP) has produced recommendations and a pathway to improve care of the lower limb. This will result in changes to best practice and referral patterns. This session will outline how it will affect you, and how you can best implement the new guidance.

Sarah Gardner is an independent tissue viability consultant and member of the NWCSP workstream for the lower limb.

At the end of the session, attendees will:
  • Have an increased awareness of the recommendations for lower-limb care set out by the National Wound Care Strategy Programme
  • Understand the clinical steps that need to be taken when patients present with a lower limb wound/leg ulcer​

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Compression therapy is the gold standard treatment for venous leg ulcers. Yet too many patients with these wounds do not receive it. The huge choice of compression therapy products available can make selection daunting, with some requiring specialist training to apply. This session will demystify this topic, explaining the different types of products available and what factors should determine selection.
Kirsty Mahoney is senior tissue viability nurse from the Welsh Wound Innovation Centre, and a Leg Ulcer Forum team member.

At the end of the session, attendees will:
  • Be able to describe the role of compression therapy
  • Be able to list the different types of compression therapies available for use in clinical practice
  • Be able to select an appropriate type of compression for a patient.
  • Be able to identify how and when compression therapy can be used to support self-care/shared care
For a wound to progress towards healing, clean wound bed and edges are needed. Many different cleansing and debridement strategies are available, but which are most effective and practical for front-line generalist nurses? This session explores the options and shows how you can effectively prepare the wound bed and edges for healing.

At the end of the session, delegates will:
  • Be aware of the need for simplicity in wound care
  • Understand the role of preparation in wound management
  • Be able to identify which wounds benefit from preparation
  • Be aware of the factors involved in removing the barriers to healing

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For treatment to be effective, patients need to adhere it. This is most likely to happen if they are committed to the treatment goals and are happy and comfortable with the treatment being provided. Incorporating a psychosocial element to a holistic assessment will help achieve this. Any nurse can do this - attend this session to find out how

Janice Bianchi is an honorary lecturer at the University of Glasgow, and an expert in facilitating effective communication.

At the end of the session, attendees will:
  • Recognise the importance of psychosocial assessment in patients who are suitable for compression therapy
  • Be aware of available tools to support psychosocial assessment
  • Develop an understanding of the power of psychosocial assessment from the patient’s perspective