Dr Una Adderley

Dr Una Adderley


I am the Director of the National Wound Care Strategy Programme for NHS England, Academic Health Science Network.  This programme is uniting the existing national programmes relating to wound care and developing new initiatives to improve clinical practice in this field, with a particular emphasis on pressure ulcers, wounds on the lower limb and surgical wounds. My clinical, education and research interests focus on tissue viability and wounds and clinical judgement and decision making. 

I was formerly seconded full-time from the School of Healthcare to the Academic Health Science Network to undertake the Director role. Within the School of Healthcare, I taught on a number of undergraduate and postgraduate modules focussing on tissue viability, research and evidence-based practice and clinical judgement. Within the school, I have supervised PhD and MSc students to successful completion. My research interests are particularly focused around the management of chronic wounds, especially leg ulceration and fungating malignant wounds. I have worked collaboratively with other organisations to develop and undertake several large HTA funded randomised controlled trials into interventions to promote healing in venous leg ulceration. I am also the lead author of a Cochrane review into interventions for fungating wounds. My doctoral work researched the judgement and decision making of community nurses for managing venous leg ulceration.  I am a member of the HTA Priority Setting Panel for care out of hospital and peer review for a number of organisations including the Cochrane Wounds Group, the International Journal of Nursing Studies, the Journal of Wound Care and the BMJ. I am also a Trustee of the Tissue Viability Society and co-founded the Legs Matter campaign.


  • Director - National Wound Care Strategy Programme- NHS England


  • PhD
  • MSc
  • BSc (Hons) Community Nursing
  • PGCE Higher Education
  • BA (Hons) English and related literature

Professional memberships

  • NMC - Registered Nurse, District Nurse, Non-Medical Prescriber and Teacher
  • Higher Education Academy - Fellow

Research groups and institutes

  • Long-term conditions