Awards Week Programme

Each day in JWC WUWHS Awards Week features an educational webinar focused on a key area of wound care practice, plus an interview with one of our award winner. All sessions will be made available on demand, and you can apply for CPD after watching.

Watch live and on-demand from 6.30pm GMT each day

10.30am PST // 1.30pm EST // 3.30pm BRT // 7.30pm CET // 10.30pm GST

Full schedule below:

The Innovation in Surgical Site Infection Award

The importance of innovation in surgical site infection. In conversation with Prof Karen Ousey and Claire Kilpatrick

Monday 22nd February

Despite continued attempts to reduce surgical site infections, they still persist throughout nearly all surgical procedures in the face of many challenges including the  increasing bacterial resistance to antimicrobials. Prof Karen Ousey and Claire Kilpatrick discuss the need to maintain the momentum of innovation in the field of SSIs.

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Professor Karen Ousey, Director, ISIaIP

Professor Karen Ousey, Director, ISIaIP

Professor Zena Moore, Head of Nursing, RCSI

Professor Zena Moore, Head of Nursing, RCSI

The Contribution to Clinical or Pre-Clinical Research Award

Sub-epidermal Moisture Measurement – The State of the Art

Monday 22nd February

This educational webinar led by Professor Zena Moore investigates the science underpinning sub-epidermal moisture assessment in pressure ulcer/injury prevention care pathways. The session will include the following key elements:

  1. Why should we be interested in SEM assessment – the challenges of current standard of care for pressure injury/ulcer prevention will be detailed?
  2. What does the literature say about SEM assessment? Key learnings from the international literature will be summarised.
  3. An overview of the RCSI clinical studies will be shared reviewing the methodologies and key outcomes will be discussed especially in terms of implications to clinical practice. This will include 7 studies (n=687) in acute medicine/surgery and long term care.
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The Innovations in Diabetic Foot Care Award

Innovation in Diabetic Foot care: how can Research & Development improve clinical outcomes?

Tuesday 23rd February

Because diabetic foot ulcers are a source of suffering, our mission at Urgo Medical is to support healthcare professionals every day in healing their patients and making a difference by:

  • Leading with science : Delivering innovative local treatments backed by robust clinical evidence thanks to continuous investment in R&D
  • Being healthcare professional partners in diabetic foot management : Working closely with the scientific community to develop effective, simple and cost effective treatments in real life & educational programs to constantly improve knowledge in wound care
  • Putting patients at the heart : Focusing on patient outcomes improvement by adapting to their needs and empowering them through education
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Dr. Serge Bohbot, Dr Marco Meloni and Professor Michael Edmonds

Dr. Serge Bohbot, Dr Marco Meloni and Professor Michael Edmonds

Dr. Vladica Velickovic MD, Global Senior Health Economist

Dr. Vladica Velickovic MD, Global Senior Health Economist

Cost-Effective Wound Management Award

Cost-effectiveness Models: How it Can Improve Outcomes in Patients with Hard-to-Heal Ulcers

Wednesday 24th February

Current treatment guidelines are recommending a holistic approach and prescribes management of hard-to-heal ulcers that should consider patient-related factors (pathology, comorbidity, allergy, medications, psychosocial, pain, concordance), wound-related factors (duration/senescence, size (area and depth), wound bed condition, ischemia, inflammation/infection, anatomical site, treatment response), healthcare professional skills and knowledge, and resource treatment-related factors (healthcare system, availability, suitability, effectiveness, cost/reimbursement). In this webinar we will explain how health-economic models can help realization of those ambitious goals.

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Innovations in Wound Care Award

Healing the Diabetic Foot Wound: A Marriage of Team, Technology and Tenacity

Thursday 25th February

Every 1.2 seconds, someone around the world develops a diabetic foot ulcer. Half will become infected, leading to an amputation every 20 seconds worldwide. In the past, tissue repair and wound healing was not a primary focus of an interdisciplinary team. This has changed dramatically over the years. This talk will discuss the impact of lower extremity complications of diabetes and the evolution of next-generation technologies to help heal wounds faster and lead to more ulcer-free, hospital-free and activity-rich days.

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Professor David Armstrong, Director, SALSA

Professor David Armstrong, Director, SALSA

Dr Anna Sanchez

Dr Anna Sanchez

Innovations in Technology Driven Research Award

Diabetic Foot Ulcer Challenges and The Use of Advanced Therapies for Healing

Friday 26th February

Wound care continues to be a challenge as etiologies present at pandemic levels and experts continue to look towards technology and innovation for solutions.

Dr. Sanchez is a forward thinker who is passionate about affording the best care available.  She is always open to investigating new technology and incorporating innovation into her practice for the benefit of patients.

In this webinar, Dr. Sanchez will describe the challenges of treating patients with Diabetic Foot Ulcers. Topics covered include:

  • Defining the technology options available,
  • Developing protocols for treatment regimes
  • Demonstrating the concepts of using innovation synergistically to achieve positive outcomes
  • Case studies:  evidence from practice

By participating in this webinar, you will learn that if you consider the interaction of technology you can achieve better results.

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Main Ceremony

Sunday 21st February

Join us for one of the most prestigious events in the global wound care calendar.

Regarded as the 'Olympics of Wound Care', it is a celebration of some of the finest achievements in wound care over the past four years. Discover some of the latest innovations in research and practice worldwide, by watching the ceremony exclusively today.

The Awards presented were:

  • Advances in Pressure Care
  • Contribution to Education in Wound Care
  • Most Progressive Society
  • Excellence in Compression and MLD
  • Rising Star
  • Advances in Infection and Biofilm
  • Innovation in Skin Integrity
  • Outstanding Achievement in Patient Care
  • Most Innovative Dressing or Device
Watch Ceremony

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Register for the Journal of Wound Care World Union of Wound Healing Societies Awards Week

Sunday 21st - Friday 26th February 2021

The Journal of Wound Care (JWC) is proud to announce the 2nd JWC WUWHS awards, celebrating achievements made in the four years since the last 2016 awards in Florence. These awards ‘The Olympics of Wound Care’ will culminate in an evening which will celebrate excellence in practice and research internationally. There will be fifteen categories covering a wide range of therapy areas.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic a physical awards is unfortunately not possible. However, obviously all entries deserve recognition for their fantastic achievements and we want to respect the quality and innovative nature of the work they are doing. So, we will be hosting a virtual awards week, beginning on Sunday 21st February and finishing on Friday 26th February. Each evening will also include winners’ interviews and educational webinars. We are really excited with the new format for the awards which will stream entirely via our Awards Website.

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Huw Edwards

One of the most famous faces on British television for decades, will be hosting this year’s JWC WUWHS Awards. Born in Bridgend, Wales Huw graduated with a first class honours degree in French from University College Cardiff with further postgraduate sub-specialisation in Medieval French. For the last twenty years he has been the face of British news on the BBC presenting the flagship news broadcast as well as hosting major national events such as the royal weddings and general election coverage. He has also created the Story of Wales a historical documentary series as well as playing himself in a cameo role for Skyfall in the 23rd Bond fi lm. Huw Edwards is an avid supporter of doctors, nurses and healthcare workers and we are deeply honoured that he has agreed to recognise the hard work of the healthcare workers by presenting the JWC awards this year.