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Jennifer Madden

Advanced Podiatrist in Elderly Care, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

Jennifer Madden has 21 years NHS experience specialising in the management of elderly patients, acting as an advocate and member of the multidisciplinary diabetes team to ensure patients with diabetes who are admitted to hospital are seen in a timely manner by the right healthcare professional.

Jennifer completed an MSc in Advancing Practice (Podiatry) at Ulster University in 2011. Her thesis investigated pressure injury of the heel and she has presented her findings at several major conferences.

Currently, within the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, Jennifer has a key role in heel pressure ulceration management. She has a comprehensive understanding of the limb threatening consequences of heel pressure ulceration and its impact on the individual’s ability to rehabilitate. Jennifer collaborates with Tissue Viability nursing colleagues and has led on the development of the foot protection section of the pressure ulcer e-learning programme for the Trust.

As a Diabetes UK Clinical Champion, Jennifer will complete a quality improvement project. This pilot project will use the already established CARE foot check pathway developed by Cardiff and Vale UHT, which has been further developed onto a Mirror Card, by Guys and St Thomas Hospital/Kings Health Partnership. It will promote and standardise foot checks for heel pressure in diabetes patients admitted to hospital within the first 24 hours. The aim is to provide a standardised foot check pathway that will be measurable, provide preventive strategies and will demonstrate an improvement in care.

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