From changing their approach, to employing new systems in order to optimise wound care, this award is open to all people in the field of wound care who have introduced innovative approaches to an existing challenge in wound care
Innovation in Surgical Site Infection
Surgical site infections can put lives at risk, and as the battle with antibiotic resistance continues, novel strategies are required. This award is to acknowledge the efforts made by health professionals and researchers who have significantly impacted the prognosis, diagnosis, prevention or treatment of surgical site infections.
Best diabetic foot intervention
Diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) are among the most common complications in patients with diabetes and treatment of these wounds is imperative. This award is open to all who have made contributions to the treatment of DFUs.
The Effective Burn Care Award
This award is to acknowledge and celebrate health care professionals who have developed solutions/strategies to improve the treatment of wounds caused by burns. Entries can cover the whole or part of the clinical pathway, impacting the patient, clinician or local healthcare economy.
The Cellular, acellular and matrix-like products (CAMPs)
This advanced therapy provides clinicians with a real opportunity to accelerate healing with minimal scarring and greater patient comfort. This award is for health professionals who can demonstrate how use of this technology enabled them to advance their practice, reduce costs and improve outcomes
The Antimicrobial Stewardship Award
This award recognises organisations, researchers and health professionals who promote and monitor the use of antimicrobial dressings as an alternative to using antibiotics for wound infections.
With heightened awareness of antimicrobial overuse and increased resistance, antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) has become increasingly important.
This award celebrates strategies that have strived to improve antimicrobial dressing knowledge including understanding the effectiveness of each antimicrobial agent, improved antimicrobial dressing selection and shown the impact of the introduction of AMS.
For this award, please describe
1. The project and the outcomes you aimed to achieve or the quality improvement goal 2. Tell us how you engaged with your patients and the multi-disciplinary team to achieve your goals 3. Describe the impact on the service provision and the clinicians involved 4. Describe any long-term impact or change
Innovation in the Care Home or Home Care setting
Often the forgotten sector, caring for the skin and wounds of those receiving care in care homes or home care is nevertheless vital. This award is to acknowledge the efforts made by health professionals and carers who have made significant improvements within their setting (care home, both residential and nursing or home care) to the skin and wounds of those they care for.
The Patient Activation Award
Patient activation is needed within services who aim to improve the outcomes of people with lower leg and foot problems. Legs Matter has patients with experience around the table, partnering with the clinicians in order to shape the Legs Matter Strategy.
This award celebrates strategies that have intentionally brought people with experience into the work so that understanding is improved and their experience will shape the emerging service or strategy.
For this award, please describe
The project and the outcomes you aimed to achieve or the quality improvement goal
Tell us how you engaged with your patients and service users in order to improve their personal activation and influence on the service
Describe how the initiative improved personal ownership and improvements
Describe the impact on the service provision and the clinicians involved
Describe any long-term impact or change
Innovation in Chronic Wound Healing
Hard-to-heal wounds continue to pose a challenge to wound care professionals, are becoming more prevalent, harder to treat and are associated with high treatment costs. This award is for those who have made novel contributions to a complex condition.
Advances in Infection and Biofilm Award
Infection and biofilm delay the healing process of wounds and can often be an indicator of hard-to-heal wounds. This award is open to researchers and health professionals who have provided insightful contributions to increase understanding, improve practice or prevent the development of biofilms.
Cost-effective wound management
Wound care should be accessible to all those who need it, regardless of financial status. This award is to celebrate those who have made valuable contributions in making wound treatments accessible for everyone.
The incidence of pressure ulcers is increasing and learning how to manage and care for pressure ulcers appropriately is of high importance for all professionals in wound care. This award is for health professionals who have made outstanding contributions in pressure ulcer care.
Best clinical research
The field of wound care is ever-changing, but one thing is for certain: the dedication of researchers and health professionals alike in improving patient care remains unwavering. This award is for clinical research that has resulted in huge improvements in wound care.
Best research from a developing country
Valuable contributions to the world of wound care come from all over the globe. This award is in recognition of individuals who have contributed from economically disadvantaged countries.
Best laboratory/preclinical study
Evidence-based medicine sets the standard by which improvements in wound care are made and can greatly improve the quality of life of wound care patients. This award is for research that has made major contributions to the field.
The Most Progressive Society Award
This award is bestowed upon a society that has contributed to the community as a whole which includes education, charity initiatives, training and advancement of Wound Care management amongst health professionals, caregivers, the community and individuals. Societies of high standing with various programmes are invited to submit their applications
Innovative dressing technology
This Award celebrates dressing technologies designed to restore and maintain wound balance by shifting elevated biomarkers towards a balanced microclimate, resembling acute healing.