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Pat has been a part of tissue viability services since 1997, with an interest in tissue viability for much longer. Her interest really took off whilst undertaking her dissertation for a BSc which looked at pressure ulcers, particularly pressure ulcer risk assessment tools. Following this Pat joined the various societies and became active in her local Trust before moving over 100 miles to take a job a clinical nurse specialist in Tissue Viability. In the role she was a single handed TVN covering hospital and community settings, a challenging and very informative role.
She set her sights on nurse management, but missed tissue viability enormously. So she jumped at the chance of a senior lecturers post at Birmingham City University. Pat has been on the teaching staff here since then, as both module leader and course leader for tissue viability. She enjoys teaching and finds the chance to discuss and explore aspects of tissue viability very fulfilling both personally and professionally. Presently working with the pre-registration module leaders to ensure tissue viability is fed through the curriculum so ensuring we meet and hopefully exceed the expectations of the NMC.
Pat maintains links with practice through groups and societies.
Additionally Pat has spoken at various conferences and meetings, and has just contributed towards two book chapters on the subjects of wound management and tissue viability.
Pat has maintained her professional updating completing the Post Graduate Diploma in Wound Healing and Tissue Repair, and an MSc in Health Studies. She is now undertaking a PhD around the area of her interest heel pressure ulceration.
Pat has been an external examiner for Tissue Viability Modules at Swansea University.