A Dudley clinical nurse specialist has picked up a national award for her presentation on the Trust’s move to static air mattresses.
Tissue viability lead Lisa Turley, was presented with the only award of The Wounds UK Annual Conference – the Wounds UK Award of Excellence – for her paper on the Trust-wide changeover to the new mattresses.
The conference saw more than 1600 visitors from the NHS and private healthcare organisations come together to discuss tissue viability and wound care.
Lisa’s paper covered the move to static air mattresses from start to finish, covering the whole process from the initial decision making, training and planning, to the implementation, benefits for patients and cost savings.
Lisa said, “This was the first time I’d done something like this for such a large audience so really wasn’t expecting to win anything.
“It’s really nice to be recognised and to help you realise you’ve actually done a good job – it’s a real confidence boost.
“It’s easy to forget how important it is to share ideas and shout about good practice, so it’s been great to meet other like-minded professionals from across the health economy.”
Rob Yates, Publishing Director of the WoundsGroup, said, “The judges felt that the quality of the work undertaken and the clear, positive health economic impact it demonstrated, was worthy of special mention and ultimately marked it out as a clear winner.
“We are looking forward to working with Lisa to produce an article for the Wounds UK Journal which will allow others to reflect on her great work.”
Paula Clark, Chief Executive, said, “We put a lot of time, effort and thought into our mattress changeover so it’s fantastic to see Lisa’s paper on this work recognised at such a high level.”