Alison Coull

alison coull

Dr Alison Coull

Lecturer

Biography

I am a Lecturer / Practitioner in the School of Health and Social Care. I also work clinically as a Specialist Nurse at the Spittal St Centre in Edinburgh where I have led the Wound Clinic service for over 13 years. I am a non-medical prescriber and have a background in Acute Care Nursing and Tissue Viability.

My research interests are largely focussed around leg ulceration, particularly in relation to substance misuse. My PhD thesis explored leg ulceration in young people who inject drugs, identifying prevalence, risk factors and how harm may be reduced.

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Research Areas

Esteem

Editorial Activity

  • Member of British Journal of Nursing Editorial Board

 

Invited Speaker

  • Tissue Viability Society Conference 2017 Invited Speaker: 'Leg ulcers in people who inject drugs – putting evidence into practice'

 

Reviewing

  • British Journal of Community Nursing
  • Journal of Wound Care - editorial review panel
  • British Journal of Nursing
  • International Journal of Drug Policy

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Smith and Nephew Doctoral Nursing Research Studentship 2006
  • British Journal of Nursing Clinical Practice Award 2002 (Compression Therapy) Winner: for developing a wound care service for homeless people
  • Smith and Nephew Foundation Nursing Research Scholarship 1998 (Masters)
  • Stirling University Research and Enterprise (SURE) Innovation Award Winner: to develop a web-based distance learning tissue viability course
  • National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting (Scotland) GNC Travel Award to visit Australia

 

Conference Activity

  • Speaker Tissue Viability Society Conference 2016 - Best free paper winner 'The extent of leg ulceration in young people who inject drugs, causative factors and how harm may be reduced'
  • Facilitator Scottish National Needle Exchange Conference 2016 'Wound management' workshop
  • Keynote speaker Tissue Viability Conference 2017 Leg Ulcers in People who Inject Drugs - putting evidence into clinical practice
  • Speaker NHS Lothian Research Conference March 2018 'The extent of leg ulceration in young people who inject drugs, causative factors and how harm may be reduced'

 

Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Panel Member for SIGN Guideline 120 - Management of Chronic Venous Leg Ulcers 2011
  • External reviewer for Leg Ulcer competency pack for NHS Lothian 2015
  • External reviewer for NHS Tayside Leg Ulcer policy 2012
  • Advisor LSHTM SSTI Renal Failure research study