Heather Hodgson

Meet Heather, who is standing for Trustee election

Role/Job Title

Lead Nurse Tissue Viability (Acute and Community)


NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Brief CV

Throughout a nursing career spanning 40 years, I have gained extensive knowledge, clinical expertise and managerial skills. I have achieved comprehensive surgical experience in the realm of surgical nursing as a Staff Nurse, Ward Sister, Nurse Manager, Cancer Nurse Specialist and Research Nurse. Twelve years ago I took up the post as Tissue Viability Nurse Specialist and was appointed Tissue viability Lead Nurse for Acute and Partnerships nine years ago.

I am Vice Chair of the National Association of Tissue Viability Scotland (I will take up post of Chair in November 2024). As a member of the NATVNS I led on the National Wound Formulary Guideline, organised the 2024 educational event for all members and am Leading on the National Wound Healing Strategy for Scotland. I am currently an expert reviewer for tissue viability and nursing related cases for the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman and recently joined Wounds UK Editorial Board.

Professional Qualifications:
• Completed taught Doctorate of Nursing modules at University of Stirling, 2008
• Nursing Counselling Skills Diploma, Institute Of Counselling, Glasgow, 2003
• Post Graduate Diploma in Healthcare Management, University of Strathclyde, 2002. First in class for
• Masters of Nursing (Cancer Nursing), University of Glasgow, 1998. Requested by University to submit
coursework for publication
• SCOTVEC certificate in Reflexology, Coatbridge College, 1996
• BSc Health Studies, Glasgow Caledonian University, 1993–1995
• General Nursing at First Level, Southern General Hospital, 1984–1987

Pre and Post implementation study of Pressure Ulcer Daily Risk Assessment (PUDRA) Published) “Does Reflexology Impact On The Quality Of Life Of Patients In The Palliative Stage Of Cancer?” A randomised, single blinded intervention study, completed as part of a Master’s degree. (Published) Cost-benefits analysis of Photodynamic Therapy for patients with advanced oesophageal cancer. (Published)

I have numerous publications in peer reviewed journals

I have contributed to various projects and documents including International Stop Pressure Ulcer 4 Nations Approach (2023 and 2024), The International Debridement Consensus document (2024) and Best Practice Guidance on Fungating Tumours (2024), Tissue Viability Course, University of West of Scotland (2024).

I have and continue to present on various wound care related subjects at national and international conferences

I am honoured to be the recipient numerous nursing awards including the JWC Pressure Care Award in 2017 and 2018, NHSGGC Nursing Excellence Award 2021, Wounds UK Excellence award 2022, JWC Silver Award 2023 and JWC Bronze Award in 2024.