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 2023 Conference
How do we make patient-centred care a reality and how do measure the outcomes?
After attending this session, persons will have a greater understanding of:
- Recognise and develop the personal attributes and professional behaviours that enable the delivery of person-centred wound care
- Critically reflect on the quality of engagement when caring for patients at risk of or living with a wound
- Pioneer the role of shared decision maker, placing the “person” at the forefront on their care
- Identify methods of measuring outcomes important to patients and meaningful in practice
Person-centred care enables patients’ perspectives, values and decisions to be incorporated into clinical decision-making and supported in care planning. This gives patients more control over their health and care needs. Including person-centred care in wound management increases patient involvement and satisfaction in their care.
This session is framed by McCormack and McCance (2017) framework for person-centred nursing, which has four components:
- Prerequisites: the personal attributes of the nurse.
- The care environment: workplace culture and systems that support person centred care.
- Person-centred processes: delivering person-centred care.
- Expected person-centred outcomes.
The purpose of this session is to discuss and reflect on how to deliver person-centred approaches in wound care. Together, we will explore the essential skills required to ensure people living with or at risk of wounds feel confident and involved in their wound care.
We will present a short video of a person’s experience of living with a wound and their experience of care. The audience will be invited to discuss the case and contribute their reflections and views using interactive polling software (SLIDO). This will be followed by further interactive and reflective discussion as we consider what person-centred wound care looks like, how it can be achieved and how it can be measured in ways that are meaningful to patients and to clinicians.
There will be opportunity to reflect on learning and we will review the key points people have raised.
Reference – McCormack, B. & McCance, T. (2017). Person-Centred Practice in Nursing and Health Care: Theory and Practice. 2nd ed. Newark: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Presentation at The Society of Tissue Viability 2022 Conference
Working with people living with wounds in homeless and inclusion health
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
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.