Sarah Gardner, Clinical lead for Tissue Viability service, Oxford Health NHS FT (RGN, DN cert, CPT, BA Hons, MSc)
Sarah’s first post after qualifying as a nurse in 1983 was a dermatology unit on the Wirral. Her interest in tissue viability stems from this early experience but it wasn’t until she qualified and worked as a district nurse in 1991 that her passion for wound care and improving healing rates took on pace. She spent 18 years working clinically in the community, taking on a role as a community practice teacher (CPT) and latterly a clinical development lead before moving into the specialist area of tissue viability in 2010. Following completion of a BA (Hons) in 2005, Sarah gained an MSc in Skin Integrity, Skills and Treatment at the University of Hertfordshire in 2011.
Sarah currently works for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust as clinical lead, leading a specialist community tissue viability team which supports a wide range of clinicians in both the prevention and management of complex wounds in order to improve patient related outcomes. She is passionate about education and sees the support and development of ‘ground roots’ clinical leaders as key to quality improvement and safer care.
Sarah was awarded nurse of the year 2012 by Oxford Health for her work on leg ulcer management. Was runner up at the Journal of Wound Care awards, 2013 (innovation category) for her venous leg ulcer pathway study. She has published in several journals and has presented at both regional and international conferences. She currently co- leads the pressure ulcer work stream for the Oxford Academic Health Science Network (Patient Safety Collaborative).