Madeleine Flanagan

Madeleine Flanagan Principal Lecturer Programme Lead MSc Clinical Dermatology / Skin Integrity Department of Clinical, Pharmaceutical and Biological Science Centre of Postgraduate Medicine and Public Health University of Hertfordshire

Madeleine has a nursing career that spans over 30 years, during which time she has held specialist nursing posts in both primary and secondary care.

She has 25 years’ experience teaching/assessing and managing academic programmes in the university sector and ha a particular interest in multi-disciplinary team education, development of specialist practice in wound management, skin integrity and dermatology.

Madeleine has played a key part in establishing specialist tissue viability and dermatology education in the UK and is currently the Programme Director for the MSc Skin Integrity/Wound Management & MSc Clinical Dermatology (University of Hertfordshire) which since 1995 and 2006 respectively has educated and supported a significant number of skin integrity/dermatology specialist practitioners in the UK and internationally. She has a proven track record of developing educational initiatives that support quality improvement, in clinical practice with health care professionals from a variety of disciplines.

Madeleine also has experience of active involvement with a wide range of specialist skin integrity organisations and networking skills that create robust partnerships between health care services education, research, and industry.

Presentation at The SoTV/EWMA 2024 Conference, London

The psychological impact of living with a wound

Learning objectives

After attending this session, persons will be able to:

  • Appreciate the personal experience of living with a non-healing wound
  • Identify factors that may contribute to less-than-optimal psychological support for people with wounds
  • Make recommendations to improve psychological support of individuals with wounds


This session will share the personal experiences of wound healing experienced by 2 individuals; one after sustaining a complex traumatic wound after being bitten by a dog and the other with painful leg ulceration. The thoughts, feelings and observations of the individuals and their carers will be explored with commentary from a psychiatrist. The session will facilitate a discussion about factors that should be considered to improve the psychological support of wounded patients and conclude by making recommendations to improve clinical practice.

Presentation at Dermatology awareness for wound care practitioners study day

Educational Opportunities to Develop Advanced Practice Skills for Skin Integrity/Dermatology


This session will highlight the educational opportunities available for practitioners specialising in tissue viability to gain advanced practice skills allowing individuals to make an informed choice about which option best suits them.

The aims of the session are to :

  • Explore the concept of Advancing Practice and how this applies to skin integrity as a speciality.
  • Identify the criteria for selecting a master’s programme that meets the needs of Advanced Practitioners
  • Appreciate how to develop and to maintain advance practice skills through lifelong learning.