Wednesday 8th 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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Almost all non-healing wounds are thought to be infected with biofilm. To kick start healing, we not only need to remove the biofilm but also stop its reformation. Yet, biofilm is not clearly visible and there is no single treatment option for it. So, how can we eliminate it? This session will explain how to identify when biofilm is present and what we can do to treat it.

Robert Gannon is Tissue Viability Nurse Consultant at Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

At the end of the session, delegates will:
  • Be able to define wound biofilm
  • Be aware the tangible and intangible costs of biofilm
  • Be able to identify everyday examples of biofilm in the world around us, to support clinical understanding and practice
  • Implement antibiofilm management strategies in practice
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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The Legs Matter coalition is working to increase awareness, understanding and action on lower leg and foot conditions among both the public and health professionals. Its JWC consensus document — which is a call to arms to improve leg ulcer healing outcomes — is being launched at Expo. Find out more about the document and how you can incorporate the Legs Matter ethos into your day-to-day practice by attending this session.

Penny Rubio is clinical lead in tissue viability, Abingdon Hospital.

At the end of the session, attendees will:
  • Understand why the Legs Matter campaign is so important
  • Understand the key elements of holistic assessment of the lower limb
  • Be able to identify venous disease, chronic oedema, peripheral arterial disease and the high-risk foot
  • Be aware of the National Wound Care Strategy Programme lower limb pathway and its management priorities
  • Be enthused to spread the Legs Matter and have plans on how to do this
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