Conference: Nurses on the Frontline of wound care: from Passchendaele to pressure ulcers

Nurses, historians and other interested parties are invited to attend a conference and exhibition exploring the history and contemporary clinical frontline of wound care.

The conference, in memory of Nellie Spindler and other WW1 nurses, takes place during ‘Stop pressure ulcer week’. An accompanying interactive exhibition will include 

  • A WW1 Field hospital staffed by ‘Wenches in Trenches’, 
  • A Collection of objects from the Thackray Medical Museum, items from the West Yorkshire Archive Service, 
  • A poster display of cutting edge contemporary and historical research in wound care 
  • Visitor stalls including: ‘Stop the Pressure’ pressure ulcer prevention; ‘Legs Matter’ leg ulcer campaign; PURSUN UK – The Pressure Ulcer Research Service User Network; the NHS trust; the School of Healthcare.

About the day

Conference: Wound care: from Passchendaele to pressure ulcers

The conference opens with introductions from Prof Andrea Nelson and Prof Suzanne Hinchliffe and a paper from Prof Christine Hallett Nurses of Passchendaele: Clinical Expertise and Personal Sacrifice on the Front Lines of War. Lunch is at 12.00 It then splits into two strands, historical and contemporary which run until 3:30. Click booking link to see schedule.

Public event: Afternoon tea and Poetry

The event will continue with an free public  event between 3.30-6pm. This will include afternoon tea, readings from WW1 diaries and a lively panel discussion featuring five-minute talks and discussion with researchers, nurses and historians reporting from the front line of wound care past and present. Click booking link to see schedule.

Other information

The event is being organised in partnership with Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and is supported by funds from the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Charitable Trust and Gateways to the First World War.

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Parkinson Court, University of Leeds


Free; booking required