Introducing our specialist Tissue Viability Nurses who lead the DDRC Wound Care service that we offer.
Alexandra (Ali) Bishop – Tissue Viability Nurse Specialist BSc, MSc,RN(A)
Ali completed her first degree at the University of Hertfordshire, obtaining a BSc (Hons) in Nursing and RN (Adult). An experienced intensive care nurse, she joined DDRC in 2005 and quickly developed her role to include research in additon to nursing at the centre.
In 2009 Ali took on the role of Senior Clinical Nurse. As well as coordinating clinical trials at DDRC, she has completed her own project on diabetic foot ulcers treated with hyperbaric oxygen. This formed the dissertation for her MSc in Wound Healing and Tissue Repair at Cardiff University for which she was awarded a distinction.
Ali was instrumental in the setting up DDRC Wound Care, through which further research initiatives will be progressed in addition to wound care of the highest quality.
Joanne (Jo) Small – Nursing Diploma (RN adult)
Jo completed her diploma in Adult nursing at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff in 1998. Having gained 10 years experience working on an acute surgical ward, she joined DDRC Healthcare in 2010 to work as a Hyperbaric nurse and in addition joined DDRC Wound Care a few years later to pursue her interest in tissue viability.
Deryl (Del) Waller Tissue Viability Nurse Specialist, Nursing Diploma (RN Adult)
Del qualified as a nurse in 1987 at the North Staffordshire Infirmary in conjunction with Keele University. Previous nursing experience involved 5 years as an army nurse which involved specialities such as orthopaedics, oncology and general surgery. After leaving the army she then went onto occupational health and then theatre and recovery nursing before starting at DDRC Healthcare in 2006 when Del went on to qualify as a Hyperbaric Nurse (CHRN and EBASS) and completed her Tissue Viability degree module in July 2017.
Mags Pope – Podiatrist (BSc, MCOP)
Mags qualified as a Podiatrist after graduating from Plymouth University in 2010. From 2011 to 2015 she worked for the Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, initially as a community podiatrist and latterly as a diabetes and tissue viability wound care specialist working in community and outpatient MDT clinics. In Autumn 2015 Mags was appointed as a Podiatry Lecturer at Plymouth University teaching topics across the curriculum with particular interests in wound prevention and management in complex patients with multiple morbidities.
With the reduction in student numbers her role at the university was made redundant and, though disappointed, was able to return to a hands on clinical role which she had missed whilst working at the University.
Prior to training as a podiatrist Mags completed a degree and PhD in Microbiology at Warwick University and went on to work in Marine Sciences research for 20 years.
Away from work Mags enjoys and participates in a range of outdoor sports including walking, climbing and running, as well as swimming, fishing and sea kayaking.