Wednesday, 20 March 2013
A team of psychology researchers, led by a University of Worcester Professor, have won a national award for their contribution to wound care research.
Professor Dominic Upton received the Patient Experience Award at the inaugural Journal of Wound Care Awards held in London this month. The event was an international affair with nominations and entrants from more than 10 countries worldwide, including Canada, Denmark, Japan and the USA.
The awards were created to recognise innovation and excellence in wound care, and highlight the great contribution that nurses, clinicians, scientists, researchers and academics make to the development of wound care research and practice.
“I am delighted to accept this award,” Professor Upton said. “The awards provide an excellent opportunity to showcase excellence in wound care research and I am thrilled that our contribution to improving patient experience has been recognised. However, I must also extend my thanks to colleagues for their hard work and commitment to our research over a number of years.”
Professor Upton and his team have completed numerous studies into the psychological impact of chronic wounds on patients, in terms of both short-term and long-term effects. Their research has also focused on patients’ experiences of wound care with a view to considering ways in which treatment and practice can be improved, not only for healing and treatment outcomes but also for patient well-being. Research findings have been disseminated widely, both nationally and internationally, through peer-reviewed journals, books, and conference presentations.
Professor Upton added: “Our work has important implications for medical and nursing practice. We hope that our research will raise awareness of the importance of psychological factors in wound healing. Most importantly, we hope that it will inform the practice of wound practitioners in both assessment and treatment of patients, and that this will lead to improvements in the quality of life of those living with a chronic wound.”