The “European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel” was created in London in December 1996 to lead and support all European countries in the efforts to prevent and treat pressure ulcers. At its inaugural meeting in London in December 1996, which included experts from many European countries, the group of over twenty agreed their mission statement and the initial Executive Board and Trustees.
“To provide relief for persons suffering from, or at risk of, pressure ulcers, through research and the education of the public and by influencing pressure ulcer policy in all European countries towards an adequate patient centred and cost effective pressure ulcer care.”
The EPUAP has produced an academic text book on pressure ulcers and developed guidelines for pressure ulcer prevention and treatment that are used all over Europe. Our priorities for the next decade are:
• To assist with implementation of the guidelines in different countries and to update the guidelines where necessary.
• A growth of the society and increased representation across Europe to improve the visibility of EPUAP.
• To strengthen the research profile and play an important role in awareness and education.
EPUAP SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE
The Scientific Committee works in close collaboration with the local organisers of the Annual Conferences. The mission of the Scientific Committee is to provide the Executive Board of EPUAP with independent advice on issues relating to (1) the development of the scientific programme of the Annual Conferences, (2) the peer-review process of abstract submissions and (3) awarding the yearly EPUAP Experienced and Novice Investigator Awards.
Lucie Charbonneau (Chair)
Tom O’Connor (Co-Chair)
EPUAP GUIDELINES COMMITTEE
Pressure ulcer management needs to be evidence-based. Clinical practice guidelines help practitioners to make informed decisions about the most appropriate interventions. The Guidelines Committee supports the development, update, dissemination and implementation of evidence-based guidance to improve the quality of pressure ulcer care.
Jane Nixon (Co-chair)
Maarit Ahtiala (Translations)
EPUAP RESEARCH COMMITTEE
The mission of the Research Committee is to provide the Executive Board of EPUAP with independent advice on issues relating to the development and delivery of a research strategy which promotes international research collaborations and internationally excellent research. The Research Committee works in close collaboration with the Scientific Committee.
Dimitri Beeckman (Co-Chair)
Ida Marie Bredesen
Joan-Enric Torra i Bou
EPUAP EDUCATION COMMITTEE
The EPUAP education committee develops the educational framework that will incorporate the key topics related to pressure ulcers. The committee approves all EPUAP educational activities such as webinars and podcasts, the scientific programme of EPUAP Masterclass and Focus Meeting. The committee members work on defining a pressure ulcer curriculum and come up with innovative ideas and campaigns for the STOP Pressure Ulcer Day.
Beáta Grešš Halász (Chair)
Steven Smet (Co-Chair)
Camilla Leerskov Sørensen
Ida Marie Bredesen
Since its beginning in 1997 the EPUAP has been fortunate to have a series of key European experts as President. The Trustees of the EPUAP would like to thank the following Past Presidents for their efforts to help the EPUAP grow and develop.
2017-2019: Professor Jane Nixon (United Kingdom)
2015-2017: Professor Lisette Schoonhoven (The Netherlands)
2013-2015: Professor Amit Gefen (Israel)
2011-2013: Professor Michael Clark (United Kingdom)
2009-2011: Professor Cees Oomens (The Netherlands)
2007-2009: Dr Carol Dealey (United Kingdom)
2005-2007: Professor Tom Defloor (Belgium)
2003-2005: Dr Denis Colin (France)
2001-2003: Professor Marco Romanelli (Italy)
1999-2001: Professor Jeen Haalboom (The Netherlands)
1997-1999: Professor Keith Harding (Wales)