Wound team are finalists at the ‘nursing Oscars’

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The Isle of Man’s Wound Formulary, a project developed to improve the treatment and management of wounds, such as leg ulcers and surgical wounds, was shortlisted in the ‘Team of the Year’ category at the Nursing Times Awards.

The awards were billed as the ‘nursing Oscars’.

The team members are: Pam Fulton, a tissue viability specialist nurse; Diane Corrin, inpatient services manager at Hospice Isle of Man; Bernie Ross. matron at Brookfields Nursing Home; Caroline Swayne, a district nurse; Jill Wilkinson, a registered nurse at Ramsey Cottage Hospital’ Julie Maddrell, clinical lead podiatrist in diabetes; Elizabeth Whitty, a practice nurse and Vivien Craig, a registered nurse at the hospice.

The team developed a wound care formulary (information on prescribable medicines to treat different wounds in varying scenarios), which was launched in December 2007 and has since been implemented island-wide.

They continue their work, meeting often to review developments in wound care and management

The second edition of the formulary was launched in May this year.

Their work means that consistent and high standards of care are available to patients, wherever they are being cared for, as well as improving the cost-effectiveness of wound care on the island.

There were almost 900 entries for the 2012 awards and the team felt it a phenomenal achievement to be short-listed.

Pam Fulton, who led the project, said: ‘To make changes like these in practice is not always easy, but when you are rewarded like this it makes it worthwhile, not only for ourselves but most importantly for our patients too. We had a wonderful night at the awards and it was great to be a part of this celebration of nursing care.’

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