The WHRU provides formal educational courses through a Diploma and Masters Course in Wound Healing and Tissue Repair.
Originally introduced in 1996 as a Postgraduate Diploma, the course has attracted healthcare professionals from the fields of nursing, medicine, pharmacy, podiatry and the pharmaceutical industry. It offers the opportunity of studying at a distance alongside an international group of professionals from countries such as Ireland, Holland, Italy, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and New Zealand.
The inception of this course in wound healing was unique, as there were few others of its kind. In 1999 the course was extended to an advanced award leading to a Masters in Science degree, which, together with the on-going developments of web-based technology, has increased its popularity with students from the USA, Canada and the Far East.
The WHRU also provides degree-level Tissue Viability distance learning modules. Such modules include those relating to Diabetic Foot Ulcers, Leg Ulcers and Pressure Ulcers. In addition we also offer both MD and PhD research programmes.
In addition to this, the WHRU provides ‘patient-focused’ educational training to commercial concerns. These short courses (3 and 5 days) are designed for people working in the pharmaceutical industry in the development of dressing products both nationally and internationally, but not routinely involved in providing 'hands-on care’. Research based practice is emphasised and delegates are expected to present literature reviews for discussion in addition to scientific input, clinical days, case studies and clinical trial reviews.
As well as offering Student Selected Component placements for medical students in years 2 and 3 of their programme, plus supporting the delivery of the curriculum via specialist lectures in Year 4.
Visits to the WHRU can be arranged for national and international healthcare professionals specialising in wound care. It is essential that participants are able to articulate the objectives of their visit in order that the appropriate clinical setting can be arranged. Individuals will be expected to complete a questionnaire prior to, and following, their visit.