Debridement and Advanced Wound Care - 20 credits - Module

Course Code:
LBR6571, LBR7521
Short Course
October 2019
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The course aims to address the learning needs of healthcare professionals caring for patients who either have or are at risk of developing wounds by providing opportunities for the Practitioners to develop their theoretical knowledge in order to best meet the needs of their patients and the service.

What's covered in the course?

You’ll learn more about assessing, planning, delivering and evaluating the specialist care of patients in the prevention of or undergoing treatment for a variety of wounds. We’ll also enable you to develop higher levels of understanding and decision making with appraisal of evidence based practice and clinical guidelines is a strong theme throughout the course.

Why Choose Us?

Our dedicated, committed staff are experts in their field, the course leader is a University lecturer with substantial experience in the area Tissue Viability.


This course is worth...

20 credits

This course is not open to International students

UK or EU students

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Module Oct 2019 SC

International Students

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

How to apply

Complete the online application form via the link above, including the name of the module you are enrolling onto. 

Who is the course suitable for?

This course is suitable for those with any of the below:

  • Post Qualification as a Health Professional
  • Diploma in Nursing or equivalent for BSc
  • First Degree in Nursing or equivalent for MSc 
  • On a Health Professions register
  • Working in an area with patients with wounds relevant to the type of module you are considering undertaking

Level 6

Debridement and Advanced Wound Care
20 credits

The cost of chronic wounds has been estimated to be £2.3-3.1 billion per year in the UK. In order to reduce long term costs and improve wound healing rates use of advanced skills in wound care need to become part of the tissue viability practitioner’s tool kit. This module will enable the healthcare practitioner to explore the techniques and consider the support and requirements needed to adopt them into practice.

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Level 7

Debridement and Advanced Wound Care
20 credits

The cost of chronic wounds has been estimated to be £2.3-3.1 billion per year in the UK. In order to reduce long term costs and improve wound healing rates use of advanced skills in wound care need to become part of the tissue viability practitioner’s tool kit. This module will enable the predominately graduate healthcare practitioner to explore the techniques and consider the support and requirements needed to adopt them into practice.

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Module content

Debridement and Advanced Wound care: The cost of chronic wounds has been estimated to be £2.3-3.1 billion per year in the UK.  In order to reduce long term costs and improve wound healing rates use of advanced skills in wound care need to become part of the tissue viability practitioner’s tool kit. This module will enable the healthcare practitioner to explore the techniques and consider the support and requirements needed to adopt them into practice. 


The Modules which form The Tissue Viability pathway are seen as required areas study by employers when becoming a Tissue Viability Link Nurse or either applying for a post in Tissue Viability or looking for career advancement within the speciality.  Many past students have become Tissue Viability nurses and Lead Tissue Viability Nurses after undertaking the Tissue Viability pathway. 


Debridement and Advances Wound care: An E. Portfolio page will be constructed throughout the module utilising an a range of activities

By completing specific provided activities over the course of the module your E. Portfolio page will include

  • Debridement techniques
  • Debridement evidence base
  • Service provisions requirements

Course dates

Please check the course dates to see when your chosen modules are available throughout the year.

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Pat davies profile

Pat Davies

Senior Lecturer

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.

Steven Jeffery

Steven Jeffery

Professor of Wound Study

Steven Jeffery joined the Royal Army Medical Corps as a medical student in 1986. He qualified from the Universities of St Andrews and Manchester in 1989, and served as a Medical Officer with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders before completing his basic surgical training, becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and of Glasgow. He completed three operational tours of duty in Northern Ireland during this time.

He developed an interest in burns and other soft tissue injuries, and soon realised that the best way to pursue this interest would be via plastic surgery. He completed his plastic surgical training in East Grinstead, Newcastle and Perth, Western Australia before getting his first consultant job in Newcastle in 2003.

In 2007 the numbers of casualties coming back from conflicts abroad rapidly rose, and Selly Oak Hospital struggled to cope with the large numbers of casualties. Steve moved to Birmingham to be the first military plastic surgeon in the city, as well as to be part of the burns team there. He also completed three tours of Afghanistan during this time.

In recognition of his contribution to developing the military plastic surgery medical and nursing teams, Steve was awarded the Military Civilian Partnership Award for 'Regular of the Year' in 2011, as well as receiving the Wounds UK ‘Key Contribution’ award and the Smith and Nephew 'Customer Pioneer of the Year' award the same year.

Steve is a Patron of the Restoration of Appearance and Function Trust Charity, and has been awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England ad eundum. He is an expert adviser to NICE Medical Technologies Evaluation Programme. In 2011 he co-founded the Woundcare 4 Heroes charity, which is already making a big difference to the wound care of both serving and veteran personnel.

Jackie Stephen-Haynes


Jackie Stephen-Haynes completed her RGN in 1984, specialising in orthopaedics and then, more specifically, rheumatology. Working in a rheumatology specialist unit, her interest in tissue viability began with an audit of wounds and a focus on pressure ulcer prevention.

The increasing emphasis on primary care led to Jackie being appointed as the first community staff nurse in Worcestershire, in 1991. This allowed for further development of her interest in tissue viability, as well as an innovative approach to the use of compression therapy, prior to its availability on prescription. This role was undertaken in conjunction with the discharge liaison sisters’ role and led to a specific interest in care delivery and organisation.

Having secured sponsorship to undertake district nurse training, Jackie undertook a Diploma of Nursing at Wolverhampton University. Nurse training moved from the school of nursing to the University of Worcester and, while working as a district nursing sister, Jackie completed a BSc(Hons), with supervision by Dr Jane Fox. Dr Fox actively encouraged Jackie to write for publication and to continue with academic study, securing funding from the Regional Health Authority to undertake an MSc, with a dissertation supervised by Dr Tony Ghaye.

Following her MSc, Jackie was appointed to the first tissue viability post in Worcester Primary Care Trust, as a lecturer and practitioner. Louise Toner and Jackie both met on their first day of work, discussing a vision for tissue viability, including strategic, clinical and educational developments. Together, they developed BSc and MSc-level study on tissue viability, care and prevention of leg ulceration, pressure ulceration, and infection control in tissue viability and palliative care, further developing a strategy for preregistration education with an annual conference. Jackie has completed a research-training programme and has a Postgraduate Diploma in Research and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. In early 2000, she was appointed as consultant nurse, continuing to undertake a clinical and academic role, with a particular interest in practice development, service delivery and outcomes, the impact of education on clinical outcomes, tissue viability in the care-home sector, the development of specialist inter-professional roles, and new wound treatment modalities

She is the past Chair of the Wound Care Society, Vice Chair of Wound Care Alliance UK and is the Chair of the newly developed charity Healing Wounded Heroes. Jackie is consultant advisor to Leg Club Foundation and has previously advised Primary Care Live, Wound Expo, Wounds UK and undertaken national representation for NHS Procurement, as well as being a member of the editorial board of British Journal of Nursing, British Journal of Community Nursing’s Wound Care supplement and Wounds UK. Jackie has won several awards, including United Wound Management Education Forum and Wounds UK award in compression (2010 and 2011), wound management, exudate management, chronic oedema and infection control in tissue viability.

Today, Jackie is completing a PhD by portfolio, with the focus on outcomes in tissue viability, and has a £75 000 research grant with supervision by Professor Dominic Upton.

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