Valerie Dowley RN BSc (Hons) & Queen’s Nurse, joins OSKA

Valerie Dowley RN BSc (Hons) and Queen’s Nurse, joins the OSKA Team bringing unparalleled knowledge and experience in the tissue viability specialty

OSKA is pleased to welcome Valerie Dowley to the team, bringing unparalleled knowledge and experience in the tissue viability and wound management specialty. Valerie has also been awarded the honour of Queen’s Nurse (QN); a title awarded to individual nurses who have demonstrated a high level of commitment to patient-centred care and nursing practice.

Valerie’s Registered Nurse training began in 1983, developing extensive experience spanning digestive diseases, liver transplants, as well as setting up the first stoma care service for an acute hospital, working as a colorectal nurse specialist, undertaking stoma care, teaching and research until 1999.

Valerie transitioned to a commercial environment in 1999 as a Senior Nurse Advisor, working with local Tissue Viability Nurses undertaking prevalence audits, equipment audits, training and conference support, as well as supporting clinical training across the business. In 2004, Valerie moved back to the clinical environment as the Lead Tissue Viability Specialist covering community nursing teams, leg ulcer clinics, care homes with nursing, primary care and hospice care.

In 2005, Valerie studied for her BSc (Hons) in Professional Practice at the University of Brighton, which included complex wound management, leg ulcer management and independent prescribing. In 2018 she was awarded the honour of Queens Nurse. In 2021 she left the NHS and joined the University of Brighton as Lecturer on the Foundation Degree for Health and Social Care Practice and is now an Associate Fellow of Higher Education.

Her goal is to review and restructure the provision of wound, pressure ulcer and complex wound teaching within the University across the BSc and post-registration nursing courses, including children, return to practice and mental health.

We are delighted to welcome Valerie to OSKA, the UK’s pressure care experts at an incredibly exciting time of accelerated growth. Valerie’s extensive knowledge and experience in the tissue viability and wound management specialty will further strengthen OSKA’s clinical support offering to our clients, as well as delivering in-depth clinical content to the OSKA Academy, our training and education programme.

To contact Valerie, please email or call 02394 318318.