Mark qualified as a Registered General Nurse in Shropshire in 1982, before going on to specialise in Orthopaedic Nursing at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry. He then worked within Orthopaedic and Accident and Emergency settings before moving into teaching as a specialist Orthopaedic Tutor at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore and then Project 2000 Nursing Students at the North London College of Health Studies. In 1992 he was appointed as the first Nurse Consultant – Tissue Viability in the United Kingdom (UK) [at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge].
Throughout his career Mark has always been keen to relate theory to 'evidence based' practice and as a result has initiated and been involved with much research activity, which has all been relevant to his chosen specialities - those of both Orthopaedics and Tissue Viability.
He has been the winner of a number of National and International Awards such as the Mary Powell Orthopaedic Award in 1984 (UK); various International Poster Prize's; was awarded a Journal of Wound Care Scholarship (2004); more recently won a Smith and Nephew Foundation Doctoral Research Scholarship which he is currently using to fund his PhD studies and this year won the BJN Pressure Care Nurse of the Year Award. He has over 200+ publications to his name in a variety of peer-reviewed journals and books and has been and still is a member of a number of editorial boards/advisory panels. Additionally he is an active member of the NICE Guideline Development Group (GDG) pool, as to date has been involved with the publication of Guidelines for The Prevention of Pressure Ulcers - Pressure Reducing/Relieving Patient Support Surfaces (Oct 2003), Pressure Ulcer Prevention and Management (Sept 2005) , the Prevention of Surgical Site Infections (Oct 2008) and the Management of In-patients with Diabetic Foot Problems (2011) and most recently was involved in updating NICE Guidance on Pressure Ulcer Prevention and Management (2014) and related Quality Standards (2015).
In 1986 he was a founder member of the Wound Care Society (WCS-UK); has subsequently been a council member of the Tissue Viability Society (TVS), Chairperson of the Leg Ulcer Forum (UK) - now currently treasurer - and a trustee of the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP). In May 2011 he was elected onto the Council of the European Wound Management Association (EWMA) – re-elected for a further three years in May 2014. As a result he is often seen on the lecture circuit locally, nationally (UK) and internationally (Europe, Asia, Australia and America/Canada) and was invited out to India Easter (2014 and 2016) to give specialist advice to a high profile individual re: Pressure Ulcer Prevention.
When he was appointed in 1997 as a Nurse Consultant/Senior Lecturer – Tissue Viability at the Centre for Research and the Implementation of Clinical Practice (CRICP) he remained actively involved in clinical, educational and research activities every working day (and night!). He also led the development of an interactive CD ROM distance-learning package about the management of patients with leg ulceration. In his current post (since 2002) he is strategically responsible for the development of all Tissue Viability services within ULHT as well as clinically and educationally responsible and the lead for relevant research projects in four hospitals within the south of Lincolnshire. In 2003, he became the first Nurse in Lincolnshire to successfully complete the Independent Nurse Prescribing Course. Since then, Mark was invited to assist the Department of Health (DoH) in 2010 to formulate the original Quality Indicators/Nursing Metrics related to the prevention of Pressure Ulcers and he was seconded to act as a Professional Advisor to the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) on a number of Tissue Viability related projects - he continues to advise to date the DoH, RCN and the PHSO (Public Health Service Ombudsman) on a number of tissue viability related matters. He has also been an external examiner for a number of Universities e.g. the University of Hertfordshire for the MSc Skin Integrity and Tissue Repair Course.
Finally, in his 'spare' time, Mark's own PhD studies are investigating 'the development of a new risk assessment tool that can assist with the identification of patients at risk of developing heel pressure ulcers' in Orthopaedic inpatient settings - therefore combining both of his major professional interests.
- B.A (Hons)