Jemell Geraghty

Dr Jemell Geraghty DHRes, MSc, BN, RGN, Lecturer Adult Nursing & Tissue Viability Module Lead,Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care, King’s College London

Dr Geraghty is a Lecturer in Adult Nursing and leads the Person-Centred Care & Tissue Viability module at the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care, King’s College London; Jemell has been collaborating with King’s College since 2011.

She was awarded a Professional Doctorate in Health Research (DHRes) from the University of Hertfordshire in 2018 with a thesis on “Exploring the experiences of injecting drug users living with leg ulceration – a qualitative study”. Dr Geraghty has received several awards and scholarships for her work and continues to campaign for wound and vascular lower limb care to be recognised as a physical health need in its own right within inclusion and homeless health.

Jemell works closely with the London Network of Nurses and Midwives Homelessness Group Charity (LNNM) and is the subject-lead for tissue viability.

Jemell has an interest in qualitative research methods and narrative inquiry, specifically the stories of marginalised people living with wounds. In 2019-2020 she led a wound care clinic for the homeless population in London and she currently works with the charity Change, Grow, Live as Nurse Consultant Tissue Viability.

Jemell is a Global Nurse Consultant in Tissue Viability. Her clinical experience includes vascular nursing, older adult medicine and emergency nursing. Jemell has worked in both hospital and community settings, private sector and NHS, leading and providing wound care. From 2007 – 2019 Jemell worked in tissue viability at the Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead, London where for six years she was appointed Lead Nurse.

In 2021 Jemell and Leading Vascular Consultant, Mr Lukla Biasi established Ad Integrum Vascular & Wound Care, a multidisciplinary enterprise to offer patients timely access to the state-of-the-art joint Vascular and Wound Care expertise.

Dr Geraghty sits on the editorial board of the British Journal of Nursing, Tissue Viability panel and has published and presented at national and international level. She is a Trustee of the Lindsay Leg Club Foundation and actively involved in the Legs Matter campaign. Jemell also sat on the board of Trustees for the Tissue Viability Society (2016-2021).

Dr Geraghty is passionate about inclusion health and addressing social and health inequalities.

Presentation at The Society of Tissue Viability 2022 Conference

Working with people living with wounds in homeless and inclusion health

Objectives

After attending this session, persons will be able to:

  • Understand the different populations living with wounds in hard-to-reach groups
  • Recognise common wounds and skin conditions in people who inject drugs (PWID) and homeless health
  • Appreciate the holistic care needed to look after people who are experiencing homelessness and PWID
  • Understanding the importance of specialist nurse-led wound services to improve patients’ outcomes

Abstract

There are a number of reasons a person experiencing homelessness or people who inject drugs (PWID) can develop a wound. Risk factors include their past or current medical and surgical history, their psychosocial environment and wellbeing.

Chronic venous leg ulcerations are one of the most common and sequela in persons who have a history of injecting drug use. Engaging with people living with debilitating wounds can be challenging as skin conditions and ulcers impact greatly on their self-esteem, exacerbating their “felt stigma” and exposing them to “enacted stigma”.

Firstly, we need to understand the different populations living with wounds (Inclusion Health) and the social background to marginalisation in order to develop a comprehensive approach to the various skin conditions and wound types they may live with.

Finally, the importance of nurse-led wound clinics will be highlighted by presenting the clinical outcomes of a specialist London tissue viability clinic for people experiencing homelessness.