Deborah Chester Bessell

Meet Deborah, who is standing for Trustee election

Role/Job Title

Teaching and Learning Fellow


University of Salford

Brief CV

As an experienced Tissue Viability Nurse Specialist, I have dedicated nine years to the field of wound care and lower limb management. My journey began as a community staff nurse, where I held caseloads and witnessed the impact of evidence-based practices on patient outcomes. Over time, I transitioned to roles as a tissue viability nurse and eventually became a specialist in this domain, working across both community and acute care settings.

Education has been a cornerstone of my career. From teaching wound care principles to future healthcare professionals at the University of Salford to contributing to a book on lower limb management, I am committed to advancing best practices. Recently, I collaborated on my first journal article, focusing on wound care for hard-to-reach populations, specifically rough sleepers. This experience reinforced my belief in the importance of accessible, evidence-based care.

Additionally, I am currently collaborating on the Society of Tissue Viability’s seating guidelines. This project allows me to contribute to shaping best practices in tissue health beyond wound care alone. As part of this endeavour, I engage with fellow experts, review research and advocate for innovative approaches to enhance patient outcomes.

My passion for tissue viability extends beyond professional boundaries. I actively participate in conferences, workshops and webinars, staying abreast of the latest advancements. My goal as a Trustee would be to foster collaboration, promote education and drive initiatives that elevate tissue viability standards globally.

In summary, my multifaceted experience, dedication to education and ongoing collaborations position me well to serve as a Trustee for the Society of Tissue Viability. I eagerly await the opportunity to contribute my expertise and work alongside like-minded professionals to improve patient care.