The 2014/15 Mölnylcke Wound Academy Scholarship and Awards

Hurrah - it’s Scholarship and Awards time again! The 2014/15 programme was launched at the Wounds UK conference in Harrogate recently, and interest has been piqued already! A key positive of the programme is that the physical process of giving the Scholarship and Awards, while a great achievement (not to mention a great day out…), is merely the start of a process; we provide support and encouragement to all out winners over the following year. All winners are visited by members of the Wound Academy team, and record their progress through quarterly updates in the Wound Academy Bulletin, thus keeping their project in the minds of readers.

The 2014/2015 Innovations Award categories encompass both tissue viability and dermatology, and this year we are pleased to announce a new Award for ‘Service Development’. This category reflects the fact that many services have to develop and/or adapt to meet the needs of their patients and their organisations.

Accordingly, the Awards will be as follows:

  • Innovation in burn injury care
  • Innovation in pressure ulceration care
  • Innovation in radiotherapy skin care
  • Innovation in service development

Entrants will be required to submit a comprehensive case study of a patient they have cared for (excepting the Innovations in Service Development category). This will include clinical interventions, use of appropriate standards, and where possible any cross-over between acute and primary care settings. Patient and family involvement should be discussed. Templates for all categories are provided with the application forms, available from your local sales representative, or on-line via:

Entry for the Scholarship will remain as previous years; entrants should their achievements in tissue viability to date, and their plans for the next 12 months. This year, rather than providing formal development programme for the winner, members of the Wound Academy and the external consultant, Deborah Glover, will work with the winner to facilitate the following required outcomes:

  • preparation of a poster abstract (based on work undertaken during the year) for submission to the Wounds UK conference in November 2015
  • preparation of a clinical article (based on work undertaken during the year) for publication in a journal
  • preparation of an article for their organisation’s internal newsletter