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Obituary: Lilian Bradley

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VOL: 103, ISSUE: 9, PAGE NO: 39

Lilian Bradley died on 13 November 2006. Irene Anderson and Mark Collier describe her unique contribution to the care of people with leg ulcers

Lilian Bradley died on 13 November 2006. Irene Anderson and Mark Collier describe her unique contribution to the care of people with leg ulcers

Lilian Bradley was a skilled and devoted nurse who developed expertise in tissue viability and a particular passion for leg ulcer services. She was a key figure in tissue viability, both in Northern Ireland and abroad, and was instrumental with a group of nurses in Northern Ireland in getting the tissue viability specialist post recognised within the region. Since then the Leg Ulcer Forum has benefited from Lilian's passion and drive to improve leg-ulcer services locally, nationally and internationally over many years.

As well as personal accolades, Lilian was recognised at home and abroad as an excellent speaker and a clinical expert and researcher, as well as a skilled and passionate teacher and mentor. Although the Leg Ulcer Forum benefited from her work in leg-ulcer services, Lilian was also a clinical expert in other aspects of tissue viability and notably focused her master's dissertation on the management of pilonidal sinus disease.

Lilian chaired a guideline development sub-group, from which the Clinical Resource Efficiency Support Team (CREST) guidelines were published in 1998 in Northern Ireland. With the Northern Ireland group she was in the final stages of developing competencies for leg-ulcer services, and enlivened many a Leg Ulcer Forum national meeting with debate and discussion of details.

Her commitment to improving services was always at the forefront of her work. Lilian could see the changes occurring in practice as financial constraints tightened and the skill mix was subtly changing. She became more determined to ensure that competencies were used to benefit patients and make the best use of resources. She deplored the move towards using untrained staff where there were no training and competence frameworks underpinning practice.

Lilian's work in nursing was recognised by the RCN when, in 2002, she was joint winner of the Nurse of the Year award. For many years she was a teacher at Queen's University in Belfast and was instrumental in the development of leg ulcer education in Northern Ireland. Her expertise as an educationalist was recognised in other institutions, for instance at the University of Hertfordshire where she was an external examiner.

The Leg Ulcer Forum is proud and privileged to have had Lilian as one of its members and has pledged to continue its work with renewed energy as a celebration and a tribute to Lilian Bradley.

Irene Anderson (chairperson)

Mark Collier (past chairperson)

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