Sue Woodward

Dr Sue Woodward, PhD, MSc, PGCEA, RN, FRCN, Senior Lecturer, Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Palliative Care, King’s College London

Sue worked clinically within the field of neurosciences nursing and bladder and bowel care almost exclusively since she qualified as a registered nurse in 1988. She became a full-time lecturer at King’s College London in 1999. She completed a four-year term as head of department for specialist and palliative care and completed her PhD studies in 2011. Sue has co-edited the “Oxford Handbook of Neuroscience Nursing” (2009) and “Neuroscience Nursing – Evidence-based Practice” (2011), the only two neuroscience nursing texts published in the UK.

Sue’s current research focuses on bowel management in inflammatory bowel disease and Multiple Sclerosis and incontinence associated dermatitis (IAD). She is currently leading a NIHR funded grant to develop and test the feasibility of a package of care to prevent/treat IAD in care homes and community settings. Sue has particular interests and expertise in bladder and bowel care within neuroscience, management of patients with long-term neurological conditions and clinical academic practice.

During her career Sue has been Chair of the Royal College of Nursing Neurosciences Forum committee, founding editor and Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, Commissioning Editor of the British Journal of Nursing and was a member of the NICE Guideline Development Group for urinary incontinence in neurological disorders. Sue was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Nursing in 2017.

Presentation at The Society of Tissue Viability 2023 Conference

Current challenges in prevention and treatment of IAD


After attending this session, persons will be able to:

  • Describe the aetiology of Incontinence Associated Dermatitis (IAD)
  • Explain the steps to take to prevent and treat IAD
  • Consider variations in care and the reasons for this
  • Reflect on the challenges of prevention and treatment of IAD in practice


This presentation will provide an overview of the aetiology of incontinence associated dermatitis (IAD) and report the findings of the first phase of the PREVENT-IAD NIHR funded study. The study involved a series of workshops with stakeholders to understand the challenges of managing IAD in care homes and community settings and then to co-design a package of care to prevent and/or treat IAD in these same settings.

This presentation will identify the challenges faced in this area of care and provide an overview of current practice from the perspective of research participants.