Achieving a step change in pressure ulcer reduction
Professor Keith HardingUK
Professor Keith Harding CBE FRCGP FRCP FRCS has had a longstanding interest in wound healing. He has undergone training in both general surgery and general practice. He was appointed as the first Director of the Wound Healing Research Unit in 1991. From 2011 – 2013 he was Director of TIME Institute (Translation, Innovation, Methodology and Engagement) which is one of the largest institutes in the School of Medicine with around 200 staff and annual budget of £15 million and Head of Wound Healing Research Unit, School of Medicine, Cardiff University and Clinical Lead for Wound Healing in the Cardiff & Vale NHS Trust. In September 2013 he was appointed as Dean of Clinical Innovation at Cardiff University. His clinical practice is exclusively focused on treating patients with wound healing problems with a wide range of aetiologies. He holds external professorial appointments at universities in the UK and Australia. He has authored over 300 publications in the field of wound healing and has written a number of chapters and books in this area. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Wound Journal published by Wiley. He was the First President of the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, First Recorder of the European Wound Management Association and is a Past President of the European Tissue Repair Society. He was Chair of the International Working Group on Wound Healing in Diabetic Foot Disease, Chair of the Expert Working Group that produced a range of International Consensus Documents from 2004 – 2011. Has obtained funding of over £45 million from a range of academic, commercial and clinical sources since the Wound Healing Research Unit was created in 1991. He was awarded the CBE in the New Year Honours list in January 2013 for Services to Medicine and Health Care. In 2013 he was awarded £4.2 million to set up the Welsh Wound Innovation Initiative part of which will allow the setting up of the first Wound Healing Centre in the World.
Matt is an expert Information analyst with excellent presentation and group facilitation skills, having presented NHS ‘Maths’ to well over 5,000 doctor, directors, nurses and civil servants over the past 12 years. He has developed a full-day ‘measurement for improvement’ session and frequently presents to large groups of 150 people at a time. He has also worked directly for the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit on the national orthopaedic programme.
For 7 years, Matt worked for the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, being involved in the development and delivery of the National ‘Harm Free Care’ programme, and ‘Improving Care Homes’ programme, with a focus on educating executive and senior clinical leaders how to use measurement as a lever for improvement. Being a black belt in Six Sigma and Lean Practitioner, he delivers extensively on ‘measurement for improvement’ and ‘capacity and demand’ to all levels of NHS staff, as well as internationally.
Matt is part of the Improvement Faculty with NHS Improving Quality. He helped design and develop measurement for improvement and capacity and demand resources for the national CCG development programme. He is also part of the Expert Improvement Faculty within Advancing Quality Alliance (AquA), with a focus on measurement and analysis to create a measurement toolkit for integrated care, across organisational boundaries.
Matt also trains students (junior doctors) at the Wessex Deanery in analysis, statistical process control and improvement statistics. The students convert this training into real improvement projects in their workplaces with mentoring from Matt.
In January 2015, he was appointed the national measurement lead for the newly formed Acute Frailty Network, within NHS Elect.
Matt is also an improvement adviser on the “Future Hospitals Programme” for the Royal College of Physicians.
Jacqui Fletcher is currently an Independent Wound Care Consultant, Editor of Wounds UK journal and a trustee of the Pressure Ulcer UK charity.
Prior to this, Jacqui was the Clinical Strategy Director at the Welsh Wound Innovation Centre and had an honorary clinical contract at Cardiff and Vale UHB. Jacqui was an Honorary Fellow of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) from 2011-2014. She has worked for Midlands and East Strategic Health Authority Harm Free Care Lead, focusing on the ambition to eliminate all avoidable category 2,3 and 4 pressure ulcers. She has also worked as a Principal Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire.
She is a Patron of the Lindsay Leg Club, a committee member for the International Wound Infection Institute and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Wounds UK, International Wound Journal, and the Journal of Wound Care. She served as an Executive of the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel from its inception in 1996 until 2010 and was instrumental in developing the new guidelines serving as a lead for a working group.
She has published widely and speaks at both national and international conferences. She is an advisor for the Royal College of Nursing and actively participates in many projects for the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE).