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Sandra Lawton and Stuart Thompson-McHale

Sandra Lawton and Stuart Thompson-McHale

Sandra Lawton and Stuart Thompson-McHale are the expert bloggers for the Nursing in Practice dermatology and wound care resource centre. They work together as expert bloggers; Sandra Lawton produces all dermatology blogs while Stuart writes the wound care pieces.

Dermatology: Sandra Lawton

OBE, MSc, RGN, OND, RN Child (Diploma), ENB 393, QN

Sandra Lawton is the blogger for the Nursing in Practice dermatology and wound care resource centre; her focus is dermatology.

Sandra is a nurse consultant in dermatology at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and past chair of the British Dermatological Nursing Group 1998-2000. Sandra has worked in dermatology for 29 years and developed the role of dermatology liaison sister in 1990, the first post of this kind in the UK. Her areas of interest include paediatric dermatology, care of children and their families with atopic eczema, nurse led services, teledermatology and vulval skin conditions. She has recently led the trust initiatives around pressure ulcer prevention, and has consistently contributed to the field of dermatology through her publications and presentations at national and international level. She has been awarded: ‘Public Servant of the Year’ in 2003, the title of Queen’s Nurse in 2007, Fellow of Queen’s Nursing Institute in 2012 and OBE in 2014 for services to nursing.

Wound care: Stuart Thompson-McHale

MSc, BA(Hons), Dip N, RN, non medical prescriber

Stuart is a clinical nurse specialist in tissue viability at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. Stuart has worked in the field of tissue viability for 15 years in the community, acute care and mental health. He also has a nursing background in colorectal surgery, dermatology and practice development. Additionally, Stuart also teaches on various modules for both the University of Nottingham and De Montfort University. He is currently working on the translation of a book chapter on wound care as part of a University of Nottingham nursing initiative with the European Union. His key areas of interest are quality of life issues around wound care and pressure ulceration, the use of negative pressure therapy, skin tears and pre-tibial haematomas.