EWMA 2020, 18-20 Nov


Georgina Gethin

Council member

PhD, RGN, FFNM RCSI, HE Dip wound care, Dip Anatomy, Dip Applied Physiology.

Current Position
Programme Director/ Research Co-Ordinator/ lecturer 


Summary professional profile

  • Experience at all levels in the specialism of wound care including, research, teaching, guideline development, national and international council memberships.
  • Specialist interests include wound management, diabetic foot disease and palliative wound care, evidence based practice.
  • Good record of research practice as principal investigator, chief investigator, project manager and grant funding.
  • Excellent communication skills with a track record of planning, organisation, project management and an ability to lead, set and achieve goals, strategic planning and creative thinking.
  • Demonstrated success as an educator and supervisor with PhD and MSc students.

Academic education & Training

  • Teaching Evidence Based Medicine, Oxford University, September 2011
  • Medical Biostatistics, NUI Galway, June 2010.
  • Cochrane systematic reviews, January 2010.
  • Protocol Development for a Cochrane Review, Dublin, 2009.
  • Fellow of Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, RCSI, 2008.
  • PhD, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, RCSI, 2007
  • Statistics in Clinical Trials, University of York, 2005.
  • Clinical Trials Management, University of York, 2004.
  • Introduction to ICH GCP, Scope Education Services, 2003.
  • Advanced ICH GCP, Scope Education Services, 2003.
  • Introduction to Research, University of Ulster, May 2002.
  • Action Learning Management Development Programme, North Western Health Board and Brighton University, 2002.
  • Training for Trainers, I.P.A 2000.
  • Diploma in Physiology, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, RCSI, 1992.
  • Diploma in Anatomy, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, RCSI, 1991.
  • Registered with An Bord Altranais. Certificate in general nursing (honours) 1984.

Previous employments & professional experience

  • March 2013 - present: Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • October 2007 - February 2013: Research Co-ordinator / Lecturer/ Programme Director
  • Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Research, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, RCSI
  • October 2004 –September 2007: HRB Research, fellow – clinical nursing and midwifery, Health Research Board of Ireland and Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, RCSI
  • June 1998 – October 2004: Clinical Nurse Specialist, Tissue Viability, Sligo General Hospital
  • June 1984 – November 1986, Feb 1988 – October 1990, April 1993 – May 1998:
  • Staff nurse, Sligo General Hospital
  • Nov 1990 – March 1993: Clinical tutor, School of Nursing, Sligo General Hospital
  • Nov 1986 – Dec 1987: Staff Nurse, Chandler General Hospital, Savannah, GA, USA
  • 1981 – 1984: Student Nurse, Sligo General Hospital

Honours and Awards:

  • October 2011. Winner Brendan Devlin Prize, Waterford October Surgical Meeting (team award).
  • June 2008. Excellence in Research – Highly Commended Award, Wounds UK.
  • October 2007. Prize winner at National Conference of Wound Management Association of Ireland.
  • April 2007. Highly commended. Comparative study of acetate tracings and digital planimetry in wound measurement. Research Day, RCSI.
  • June 2007.Innovation in clinical practice – Highly Commended Award, Wounds UK.
  • May 2004. Health Research Board Clinical Fellowship in Nursing and Midwifery €163,000.
  • April 2004. Excellence in Practice, Education, Research and Management Awards, Nursing and Midwifery Practice Development Unit, NWHB.
  • September 2003. Smith + Nephew education bursary.
  • May 2003. €10,000 Research grant European Wound Management Association
  • February 2002. €2,250. Research seedling grant Research and Education Foundation, Sligo General Hospital.

Academic Programme Director:

  • Doctorate in Nursing/Midwifery Practice (International)
  • Wound Management
  • Research Methods
  • Developing Practice

Research Funding:
Over €1,000,000 research funding as PI or Co-Applicant

Current Research Activity:

  • "Mapping of wound pH as a predictor of healing status", Role: Principal Investigator, Collaborators: Complex wound clinic team and Department of Podiatry in NUI Galway
  • "Developing guidelines and education tools for management of malignant fungating wounds in palliative care", Role: Co-investigator, Collaborators: Dr. S. Probst, Switzerland, Dr. P. Grocott, London, European Oncology Nurses Society
  • "Current management of malodour in chronic and palliative care wounds", Role: Principal investigator, Collaborators: Dr. S. Probst, Switzerland, Dr. P. Grocott, London
  • "HRB Funded National study of day surgery in Ireland", Role: Chief investigator. Project manager, Collaborators: Prof. S. Cowman, Mr. E. Clarke [RCSI]; Prof. M. Wiley, Dr. A. Brick [ESRI]; Prof. T. Walshe [Connolly Hospital].
  • "Debridement of Venous leg ulcers – a Cochrane Review", Role: Principal investigator, Collaborators: Prof. S. Cowman, RCSI, Dr. D. Kolbach, Belgium

Professional Affiliations/Memberships:

  • Council member of European Wound Management Association 2012-present
  • EWMA representative on World Alliance for Wound and Lymphoedema care
  • Council member International Wound Infection Institute 2012-present
  • Member of Department of Health National steering group for Key Performance Indicators for nursing practice 2012.
  • Member HSE national wound care programme for nursing and midwifery 2011-2012.
  • Chairperson scientific committee of Bi-Annual Conference of Wound Management Association of Ireland 2009,2011.
  • National Chairperson of HSE Procurement Programme for wound management products 2012
  • International working group to develop guidelines for management of malignant fungating lesions [supported by European Oncology Nurses Association] 2012-present.
  • International working group for research in palliative care wounds 2012-present.
  • Member of National surgical nursing advisory group 2011.
  • National treasurer of Wound Management Association of Ireland 2009-2013.
  • President Wound Management Association of Ireland, 2007-2011.
  • Treasurer for Western region of Wound Management Association of Ireland 2009-2013.
  • Atlantic Accord Diabetes Research Group 2010-2012.
  • National Council for Nursing and Midwifery, Irish Nursing Minimum Data set project team member 2010
  • Member of Cochrane Wounds Group 2009-present.
  • Co-operating organisations board member of European Wound Management Association
  • Member of Tissue Viability Nurses Association of Ireland 2009-2012
  • RCSI Wounds Research Group 2010-2012.
  • Lead researcher and member of HSE National Wound Management Guidelines Group 2009.
  • Best Practice Statements in wound care group in association with Wounds UK 2009.

Peer-Reviewer and Editorial Board Membership:

  • Journal of Clinical Nursing
  • International Wound Journal
  • BMC Dermatology
  • BMC Alternative and Complimentary Therapy
  • Journal of Wound Care 2010-present
  • Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
  • Evidence Based Nursing.
  • Japan Journal of Nursing Science.
  • Wounds UK 2009-2013.
  • McMaster University on-line rating of evidence 2011-present.
  • Editorial board advisory member for Wounds UK 2009-2013.
  • Editorial board advisory member for Journal of Wound Care 2010- present.
  • Editorial Board advisory member for British Journal of Community Nursing 2012-present

Research Grant Reviews:

  • British Skin Foundation
  • Technology Foundation STW, a Dutch funding agency for academic research in the field of applied sciences. Confidential grant reviews.
  • German Health Research Programme; German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Reviewer for two grant applications – confidential reports.
  • Wound Management Association of Ireland. Grant applications.
  • Registered as grant reviewer for FP7 EU grant scheme.

List of publications