Sue Bale

Immediate Past President

Dr, FRCN, PhD, BA, RGN, NDN, RHV, PG Dip, Dip Nursing



Current position:

Sue is currently the Associate Director of Nursing in Gwent, a large integrated health Trust, with responsibilities for over 6,00 nursing and AHP staff and research. Responsibilities of this post include engendering a research culture within the organisation, encouraging participation in research activities, and co-ordinating and overseeing research in the Trust.

Work address:
Gwent Healthcare NHS Trust
Trust Headquarters, Grange House, Llanfrechfa Grange Hospital, Cwmbran, Torfaen, NP44 8YN

Academic education & Training

Obstetrics Certificate (was part I Midwifery), State Registered Nurse (now Registered General Nurse), District Nursing Certificate, Health Visiting Certificate, Diploma in hospital and Community nursing,
PhD, Bachelor of Arts, Post Graduate Diploma in Research Methods.  

Previous employments and professional experience

Sue Bale has a career in wound healing research that spans 21 years. During this time she has produced a large body of work comprising 110 publications in peer-reviewed journals; 14 books and chapters; 62 international conference papers; a selection of 28 posters presented at international conferences, and 12 videos and CDs.

She was part of a small multi-professional team that established the first and premier clinical wound healing institute in the world – the Wound Healing Research Unit. Sue established and built a wound healing nursing service in Cardiff, and was also responsible for establishing, guiding and developing a team of nurses into research, clinical and managerial roles.

Sue was awarded a Fellowship to the Royal College of Nursing for her outstanding contribution to nursing research, development and practice of wound care in the UK and internationally.


Sue is a founder member of the Wound Care Society (1985); the European Wound Management Association; (1991); the Journal of Wound Care (1992); the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (1996).