Welsh wound Innovation Centre

Guru Naik: MBBS, MS (General Surgery), MRCSed, MRCGP, MPH

Clinical Research Fellow

Guru is a practicing GP with a keen involvement in research & academics. He has a surgical background & his main interests are set in population medicine, wound healing and common infections in primary care. Guru conducted a systematic review of literature for the effects of personalised risk communication in promotion of screening. He is also the current research lead for primary care within Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and an Honorary Lecturer/ Research Fellow at Cardiff University.
Guru’s current work and research is mainly focused on common infections & wound healing in primary care. He is pursuing a PhD programme in this field.

Sophie Tate: MB ChB, Bsc, MRCS

Clinical Research Fellow

Sophie is currently taking time out of surgical training to undertake research and has been working for the Wound Healing team in the Cardiff and Newport clinics since August 2016. Sophie qualified from Bristol University in 2010, and has undertaken surgical training in Southampton, Portsmouth, UHW, University Hospital Llandough and Royal Glamorgan Hospital.

Annie Price: MBBCh, BSc, MRCS(ENT), MPhil


Clinical Research Fellow


Annie graduated from Cardiff University in 2011 and has worked as a junior doctor at the University Hospital of Wales and Derriford Hospital in Plymouth. She developed an interest in wound healing after working with the Wound Healing team as an academic house officer and re-joined the department in May 2017. Annie has experience in clinical trials and research having worked at the Common Cold Centre in Cardiff University and completed an MPhil research degree. She is also involved in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students and has a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education.

Amy Ferris: MBBCh, MRCP


Clinical Research Fellow

Amy graduated from Cardiff University in 2011 and has worked as a junior doctor in the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff and the Royal Gwent Hospital Newport.  She then started her speciality registrar training in geriatrics and general internal medicine and has completed her Specialty Certificate examination in Geriatric medicine.    She has developed an interest in wounds (in particular venous leg ulcers and pressure ulcers) and is currently taking some time out of her training to undertake a research project within the Department of Wound Healing, while still working on the wards and medical admissions unit of the University Hospital of Wales as a medical registrar.  Amy is also very interested in teaching, contributing to the Wound Healing Masters Course, and is a Clinical Tutor in Patient Safety Education with Cardiff University Medical School and an Advanced Life Support Instructor with the Resuscitation Council UK.

Wendy Davies: LPE, PGCE(FE), NP, BSc (Hons), DN Dip, RGN

Senior Nurse

Mrs Wendy Davies has been a member of the Wound Healing team since May 2005. Her current post as Lecturer / Nurse Practitioner combines teaching within the department alongside her clinical practice. She is the Senior Clinical Nurse Lead and coordinator for the Departments’ Outpatient Wound Healing Clinics in both Cardiff and Gwent. Previous to that Mrs Davies worked within the unit as a Research Liaison Nurse.
Mrs Davies’s background is within District Nursing, having worked for Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust since 1985.  Her interest in nurse education has spanned many years culminating in a Community Practice Educator Post in 2000.  Mrs Davies undertakes lecturing on other courses throughout the University and is the coordinator and tutor for the Departments’ medical student’s student selected component (SSC) in years 2 and 3 of their training programme.

She has given oral presentations and presented posters at a large number of wound care conferences, both nationally and internationally, and to date has six publications.

Susan Hagelstein: Dip in Nursing, NDN, RGN

Senior Research Nurse

Mrs Sue Hagelstein has been a member of the Wound Healing Research Unit since 1994. She trained at the University Hospital of Wales Cardiff and qualified in 1976. During her career as a nurse she has worked in various departments including paediatrics, care of the elderly and community nursing.

Her interest in wound care commenced while working as a community nurse undertaking home visits and running GP clinics for patients with wounds.

Her current role is that of a research nurse supporting her nurse manager in the smooth running of clinical trials. She acts as lead nurse in research studies and works closely with monitors for these studies. She identifies, informs and consents patients for research. She also has a clinical role as part of the out-patient NHS service. Recently, Sue led a pilot project in providing education and resources into care homes to reduce incidences of pressure ulcers.

 She has published and presented research at national and international conferences and has played an active role in MHRA and FDA audits of clinical trials being undertaken in the Department.

Nia Jones: RGN, BN (Hons)

Senior Research Nurse

Mrs Nia Jones has been a Research Nurse in the Wound Healing Research Unit since 2009 becoming a permanent team member after an initial six month secondment. She was subsequently promoted to Senior Research Nurse. She qualified from the University of Glamorgan in 2006 and prior to her appointment worked in general surgery where she developed her interest in wound care. During her current role Nia has been involved in multiple commercial and academic research trials and has had experience of managing allocated clinical trials. These include patient recruitment, obtaining informed consent, data management and also co-ordinating with study sponsors and monitors. She has published work based on studies undertaken within the department and also has a clinical role as part of the NHS Outpatients Service.

Kirsty Kettley: RGN, BN (Hons)

Senior Research Nurse

Hello, my name is Kirsty Kettley. 
I am a senior research nurse at WWIC and joined the team in Oct 2018.
Prior to this I worked in the wound care cluster clinics that were set up within CTUHB.  This is where I realised my passion for wounds.
I have also worked in ITU and on a vascular surgical ward.
My Current role involves carrying out Clinical trials and evaluations.
Including recruiting patients, obtaining informed consent, data management and co-ordinating with study sponsors and monitors.  I also have a clinical role as part of the NHS outpatient wound healing service. I presented at Wound Care Today in 2019 as a first-time presenter which resulted in a published paper.
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