Fiona Downie

Senior Lecturer

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

School:Nursing and Midwifery

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Nursing and midwifery

Seconded from Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust as Nurse Consultant Tissue Viability, Fiona is module lead for the wound management module.


Clinically, as part of a MD team managing various wounds in an acute cardiothoracic setting, utilising advanced assessment skills to improve wound management in in-patients and those being managed in the community following discharge from the Trust. This includes early discharge planning for patients with a significant wound to enable timely discharge. Lead the nurse-led wound review clinic. Strategically the role enables and supports the leadership and development of nursing Trust wide, regionally and nationally. The role is linked to Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge providing tissue viability teaching for pre and post registration students. Trust wide education is provided for supporting and developing nurses and allied health professionals. The role inputs into medical education with relation to wound management. Lead on PU and other tissue viability audits.

Research interests

  • Pressure ulcers
  • PI for Papworth Hospital site for the National Pressure II study. A National study looking at different mattress types and pressure ulcer development led by Leeds University clinical trials department.


Fiona is the module lead for wound management Level 6 module on both the Cambridge and Chelmsford sites. This role involves: curriculum development/review; assignment planning/reviewing; timetabling; teaching; marking. She also lectures on tissue viability issues for pre-registration students and other CPD modules. Fiona is a supervisor/marker for the degree dissertation module that forms part of the BSc pathway for the Faculty of Health, Social Work & Education.


  • PGCE HSHS College, Cambridge Completed Sept 2007 gained a distinction.
  • University of Wales College of Medicine – MSc in Wound Healing & Tissue Repair – Dec 2006 completed
  • South Lincs School of Nursing – Registered General Nurse – May 1983 - July 1986

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Member of the editorial board for WoundsUK journal

Selected recent publications

Downie, F., Sandoz, H., Gilroy, P. et al (2014) Avoidable pressure ulcer rates in six acute Trusts. Wounds UK; 10(3): 32-36

Downie, F. (2014) Pressure ulcer prevention: how documentation can help. Wounds UK ;10(2):S14-18

Braun, M., McGrath, A., Downie, F. Octenilin range made easy Wounds UK ;9(4) 2013

Fletcher, J., Beldon, P., Collier, M. et al (2013) Wounds UK. Best Practice Statement. Pressure ulcer prevention in the acute setting: using Aderma in practice. Wounds UK; 9(4) Suppl

Downie, F., Guy, H., Gilroy, P. et al (2013) Are 95% of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers avoidable? Wounds UK; 9(3): 16-22

Downie, F., Perrin, A.M., Kiernan, M. (2013) Implementing a pressure ulcer prevention bundle into practice. British Journal of Nursing; 22(15): S4-S10

Beldon, P., Clark, M., Collier, M., Downie, F., Fletcher, J., Guy, H., Martin, R., Willock, J., Wilson, A. (2013) Wounds UK. Best Practice Statement. Eliminating pressure ulcers. London: Wounds UK 2013

Guy, H., Downie, F., McIntyre, L., Peters, J. (2013) Pressure ulcer prevention: making a difference across a health authority. British Journal of Nursing; 22(12): S4-S13

Downie, F., Gannon, R. (2013) OPSITE flexifix gentle: preventing breakdown in vulnerable skin. British Journal of Nursing; 22(12): 696-700

Guy, H., Gilroy, P., Downie, F. (2013) When is a pressure ulcer not a pressure ulcer? WoundsUK 9(2):26-32

Downie, F., Guy, H. (2012) Latest developments in the grading of pressure ulcers.WoundsUK; 8 (3): S13-S17

Kiernan, M., Downie, F. (2011) Prevention of pressure ulcers: could a care bundle approach be a success. WoundsUK ; 7(1): 157-158

Recent presentations and conferences

Reducing Surgical Site Infections. National Cardiac Benchmarking Collaborative, Annual Conference, London, 2nd Dec 2014

What Percentage of Hospital-Acquired Grade 3 and 4 Pressure Ulcers are Avoidable? 17th Annual Meeting of European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, Stockholm, Sweden 27th-29th August 2014

Are 95% of Pressure Ulcers Avoidable? Co presented with Heidi Sandoz. Primary Care & Public Health 2014, NEC Birmingham Thursday 22nd May 2014 Birmingham, 21-22 May, 2014

The right job description? Creating a job role for bands 5, 6 and 7 TVNs - 7th National Wound Care Conference: The way forward for tissue viability, Friday 14th march 2014,The Midland Hotel, Manchester

Made Easy interactive workshops Pressure Ulcer Prevention: Putting theory into practice - The Wounds UK Annual Conference, taking place on 11 – 13 November 2013 at Harrogate International Centre, Harrogate.

Issues in reporting-Moisture lesions versus pressure ulcers Eliminating Avoidable Pressure Ulcers at the Brighton Centre, Brighton on Thursday 3rd October 2013.

Wounds UK Summer roadshows 2013 – Chair Theobald park roadshow

Driveline exit site: maintaining integrity, preventing infection – presented at International VAD coordinator meeting 17th May 2013, Dublin

Moisture lesions versus pressure ulcers – presented at Wounds UK’s Eliminating Avoidable Pressure Ulcers in the Real World March 2013

Pressure Ulcer Prevention – Made easy - presented at Wounds UK, Harrogate Nov 2012

Pressure Ulcer Prevention Bundles – presented at Wounds UK, Harrogate Nov 2012

Recognising Surgical site infection in the community – Wound essentials summer conference, Manchester June 2012

SSI surveillance results of 2 years consecutive surveillance in Cardiothoracics - EWMA Vienna May 2012

Media experience