Julie qualified as a registered nurse in 1990. Since qualification, she has worked in a variety of roles within both primary and secondary care, latterly working as a district nurse. In 2003 she moved into higher education, joining Keele University School of Nursing and Midwifery as a lecturer in the Adult Field. She now holds the position of interim associate dean for Learning and Teaching for the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Keele University and also leads the Specialist Community Nursing (District Nursing) programmes. Active nationally and a contributor to the District Nursing agenda as chair of the RCN District Nursing Forum, she is also a member of the RCN Professional Nursing Committee. She is also a Queen’s Nurse, an accolade of which she is extremely proud.
Julie’s post-doctoral research focuses on person-centred consultations, building on her PhD study where she developed and implemented a consultation template for patients with chronic venous leg ulcers. An amended version of this template, developed as part of the RCN Celebrating Nursing Practice project, is now being used across a number of NHS Trusts. The development of the new, Quality of Life Wound Checklist has been the focus of additional RCN Foundation funding, as one of four projects selected for further investment.
The RCN Foundation funding commenced in July 2018, and a number of key development have been made. The aim of the funding was to develop a mobile application version of the checklist that could communicate results directly with NHS information technology platforms. A number of development have progressed towards this.
To date the following actions have been completed:
- Undertaken two sessions of coaching to focus driving the project and ensuring outcomes are reached
- 1000 pens developed to include a banner of the checklist. These are excellent and act as a reminder to people of the content
- Presented the checklist at WoundsUK (an international conference in Harrogate). This was extremely well received with a number of questions asked and contacts made. Pens were distributed to attendees
- Submission of abstracts for Wound Care Today (February, Milton Keynes), Tissue Viability Conference (April, Southampton) and European Wound Management Conference (June, Gothenburg) conferences
- Article published in WoundsUK September edition
- Paper version of checklist has been updated with date of birth and NHS number
- The app has been updated to provide an email of responses on completion.
- Liaising with a wound care company, URGO, who are planning to use the app across their patient groups and will provide results of checklist outcomes over the next 4-6 months. This will provide data on both quality of life and pain scores
- Checklist is being used by Central Manchester Trust, Knowsley Trust and Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust with positive feedback
- Finalist for the Nursing Times Award. The winner was of the wound management category was using the checklist as part of their submission
- Entered the Journal of Community Nursing Awards
- Application for RCN endorsement for the checklist
- Approached to write for Journal of Community Nursing (District Nursing and Practice Nursing) (February 2019 publication)
- Webinar recorded by the RCN has been released at RCNevents/tv
The app is developed and available at woundcheck