About the Tissue Viability Society

The Tissue Viability Society (TVS) is probably the world’s oldest society dedicated to all issues of tissue viability, a growing healthcare speciality that primarily considers all aspects of skin and soft tissue wounds, including acute surgical wounds, pressure ulcers and all forms of leg ulceration. 1980 was the year the concept of the TVS came about when like minded people got together to plan the first open meeting of the TVS and formal launch in 1981. TVS has been a UK registered charity since 1994, we are the only UK wound care society affiliated with EPUAP and EWMA. The Society attracts members from all health care professions and membership currently stands at approximately 600 practitioners and other interested personnel.

Ever since its beginnings the TVS has published a scientific and clinical journal. In its first format this was called Care – Science and Practice (issued from 1981 to 1990). In 1990 it was renamed the Journal of Tissue Viability and since January 2008 has been published by Elsevier Ltd. The scientific and clinical content of the Journal is managed by an Editor and prominent Editorial Board and articles are subjected to a rigorous review process, which in 2013 secured an impact factor greater than 1 ensuring that publishing in the JTV is a significant achievement for authors.

Our aims:
The TVS aims to improve outcomes for people with wounds through the sharing of information, the promotion of research and increasing the awareness of all aspects of good clinical practice in wound prevention and management.

Our goals are to:

  • Promote multidisciplinary partnership at membership and trustee level, by means of our national conference, research communities and specific projects.
  • Promote the involvement of our membership and our engagement with them, so that the Society gives a voice to our members and reflects their opinions and needs.
  • Showcase UK developments within tissue viability across the specialities within a scientific and peer-reviewed framework.
  • Raise the profile of tissue viability and patient needs by collaborating with the Department of Health and National Commissioning Board.
  • Develop a robust and sustainable Journal of Tissue Viability.

Engagement with members
Improved engagement with our members has been a focus for the TVS for several years as it is a cornerstone of our work and development. The TVS aims to be a society for members that means something and has tangible results. We want to speak on behalf of our membership in order to raise the profile of tissue viability within the UK and the Department of Health.

To this end the Society has:

  • Improved its links with independent Regional Groups, contacting them directly to ask their views on TVS developments.  
  • Feeding back on behalf of members on NICE guideline development, working with NHS England and assisting the Department of Health in understanding the impact of their policies for TVNs.
  • Arranged Writing for Publication workshops to encourage members to get their work published and support the JTV.
  • Collaborated with other organisations such as the MS Society to improve patient knowledge and care.
  • Awarded scholarships to allow members to attend national and international conferences.
  • Implemented new projects specifically to address areas of membership concern such as Pressure Ulcer Reporting and recording Unstageable Pressure Ulcers.

Engagement with the wider community
The TVS largest single area of activity is its annual conference. Each year the TVS aims to link its conference with themes or concerns that have arisen in previous years.

The annual conference underpins TVS core values by promoting:

  • Membership engagement
  • Excellent education and scientific content
  • A showcase for UK developments
  • No sponsored symposiums or product focussed sessions
  • Abstracts that demonstrate how practice is improved
  • Abstracts which are peer reviewed and blind to ensure quality
  • A focus on multidisciplinary working
  • Profits are reinvested in the Society and spent to the benefit of members.

Other ways in which the TVS communicates effectively with non-members with regard to advances in tissue viability are through:

  • Our website: sharing information on wounds and tissue viability; sending out newsletters; and fielding questions on a wide range of topics.
  • Attending other wound care conferences, both in the UK and internationally.
  • Organising Regional Study Days to bring wound experts to local audiences.