Innovation in Wound Care
From extending the boundaries of wound care practice to setting up new services that improve patient care, health-care professionals and researchers are developing innovative services in wound care. This award is open to individuals or teams who have demonstrated an innovative, novel approach to an existing challenge in wound care.
Contribution to Clinical or Preclinical Research
From bench to bedside, scientific research and evidence-based medicine are the cornerstones on which improvements in wound care are made. This award is open to nominations based on preclinical or clinical research, and to those who have made a major contribution to either in the last four years.
Outstanding Achievement in Patient Care
Patient care is at the heart of wound healing. Whether through education, clinical practice or research, understanding a patient’s needs and designing patient-centred care improves quality of life and aids healing. This award is open to those who have made an outstanding contribution in any area of wound care putting patient care at the centre of their work.
Contribution to Education in Wound Care
Education health-care providers of all levels along with patients and/or carers play a huge role in both prevention and treatment of different wound types. From pressure ulcer prevention strategies to assessment for a complex wound, education is essential. This award is for those whose contribution to education over the past four years has had a major impact in their field.
Cost-Effective Wound Management
Wound care, treatment and prevention consume large quantities of resources in terms of disposables, equipment and nursing time; however, there is still little objective evaluation of the economic burden of wound care on health services. Furthermore, health service costs may inadequately describe the total cost of care, as this burden falls increasingly outside the formal health services and onto patients and their families. This category is open to any clinician or team who, through management initiatives, have demonstrated cost-effective wound care, or to health economists and researchers, who have helped to highlight the issues faced or proposed ways to address them.
Infection and Biofilm
Infection and biofilm can delay healing and are associated with chronic non-healing wounds, hence prevention and control is deservedly high on the agenda for patients, health-care professionals and decision makers. This award is open to researchers and health-care professionals who have made a major contribution to understanding, practice or prevention of in this complex area.
Advances in Pressure Care
Many pressure ulcers are preventable. Finding ways to reduce these starts with researchers working to determine the aetiology of pressure ulcers, leading to pressure ulcer prevention, an extremely important area of wound care. Health-care professionals working in this area have a crucial role in developing strategies that reduce pressure ulcer incidence. This award is open to those undertaking basic research along with health professionals designing and implementing pressure ulcer prevention programmes.
Most Progressive Society
This award is for the associated society who has made the biggest impact in wound care in the last four years.
This is open to nominees in any area of wound care who have made a lifetime contribution to wound care; demonstrating passion, commitment and a major impact on practice or research in their field.
Most Innovative Dressing
This category is open to dressing manufacturers who have truly changed the way wounds are treated. We are looking for breakthrough technologies that have revolutionised wound care over the last four years, genuine game changing dressings which have forged the way for new categories of dressings to be created and have changed patient lives through their outcomes.
Most Innovative Product
This category is open to all new technologies outside of dressings. From wound measurement to negative pressure all new technologies will be considered. The criteria for entry dictates that the technology must have been published in JWC within the last four years.
These awards will be judged by an independent panel of JWC WUWHS board members and KOLs.
The Rising Star
In association with the WUWHS new rising star category, three rising stars will be shortlisted and invited to present a 3-minute presentation of their work at the awards. Following voting from the audience the winner will be announced at the end of ceremony.