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Jessica Rees

Jessica Rees - Clinical Champion 2018-2020

Diabetes and Tissue Viability Podiatrist, Cwm Taf University Health Board

As one of our Clinical Champions, Jess aims to build on an already excellent total contact casting service (TCC) by focusing attention on improving efficiency of the service and improving the rate at which patients’ transition from being healed in TCC to provision of prescription footwear. Consequently, this will minimise risk of re-ulceration thus improving health and well-being of patients recovering from diabetic foot ulceration (DFU).

Background

Jess has 18 years’ experience working as an NHS podiatrist, specialising in diabetes and tissue viability podiatry for the last 9 years.

She currently participates in podiatry-led and multidisciplinary foot clinics and regularly works alongside diabetologists, orthotists, plaster technicians, vascular surgeons and orthopaedics surgeons in order to provide the optimum care for patients with active diabetic foot disease.

Jess and the High Risk Podiatry team have successfully implemented and continued to develop a cohesive TCC service for those with DFU and Charcot arthropathy. This was in response to NICE guidelines indicating TCC as ‘gold standard’ management for offloading DFU.

Jess is responsible for auditing the healing outcomes of those in TCC – outcomes show there has been improvement in healing times, improvement in cost effectiveness and improvement in patient satisfaction. For this continuing improvement, the team were awarded second place for cost effective wound management at 2017 Journal of Wound Care Awards.
 

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