Wound Management and Tissue Viability

Nursing and midwifery

Course details

The Postgraduate Diploma in Wound Management and Tissue Viability is an exciting and highly clinically-relevant one-year online programme delivered by expert wound management professionals. Comprised of six taught modules over two semesters, nurses and midwives from a variety of backgrounds and specialities will have the opportunity to explore and analyse existing theories and concepts that are fundamental in wound management and tissue viability.

Delivered online, this programme will provide you with guidance on the management of acute and chronic wounds in all healthcare settings and is based on good practice, current evidence and supporting guidance. You will have the opportunity to become part of an international, healthcare-focused learning community that's supported through collaborative group work, team building and networking opportunities.

The Wound Management and Tissue Viability programme team are renowned in their fields and can provide rich, dynamic and engaging online learning experiences for students who wish to immerse themselves in both evidence- and case-based studies.

Graduates of this diploma will gain an essential skillset to progress in their clinical nursing specialist career and those who wish to take a further step, may enrol onto the master's programme – the MSc in Wound Management and Tissue Viability – and undertake Year 2 of the full programme, completing a research project to gain a leading edge in their career progression.

Mode of delivery

The programme is delivered through a blend of online content and activities and live interactive sessions, offering a collaborative and supported student experience. You are encouraged to actively participate in the live seminars and activities; however, all live sessions are recorded and can be watched back if you have personal or work commitments.

Our experienced team have the skills, resources and technology to support and guide you, no matter your level of technical ability.


This programme will provide you with the skills and knowledge to critically:

  • Evaluate the application of clinical judgement to professional practice by utilising evidence-based practice within wound management and tissue viability.
  • Compare and contrast management and leadership approaches to the effective management and leadership in the provision of within wound management and tissue viability services.
  • Evaluate evidence-based methods of assessment and management of wounds of varying aetiologies with reference to person-centred care.
  • Discuss key considerations in the development of services for individuals with wounds of varying aetiologies within the context of a team approach to care.
  • Demonstrate competency in the delivery and evaluation of patient care within the field of wound management and tissue viability.
Module name Credits Assessment method
Advanced Research Methods 10 Assignment
Advanced Leadership - Professional & Clinical 10 Assignment
Advancing Professional Practice 10 Assignment
Advanced Concepts in Wound Healing & Tissue Repair 10 Assignment and online activities
Critical Issues in the Assessment and Management of Individuals with Leg Ulceration and Lymphoedema 10 Assignment and online activities
Critical Issues in the Assessment and Management of Individuals with Pressure Ulcers and Diabetic Foot Ulcers 10 Assignment, presentation and online activities

Helen Strapp

Helen Strapp is a Nurse Tutor at the School of Nursing & Midwifery at RCSI. She is a qualified RGN/RSCN/RNP/RANP, and has a PgDip in Wound Healing and Tissue Repair,  and an MSc in Nursing. During her nursing career she worked as a clinical nurse specialist in tissue viability and then as an advanced nurse practitioner in tissue viability.

She has over 20 years’ experience working in tissue viability and is a council member of the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, a member of the European Wound Management Association and a founder member of the Wound Management Association of Ireland. She is also a member of the Tissue Viability Association of Ireland.

We are proud to be a recognised University of the National University of Ireland (NUI). All RCSI programmes are accredited by the NUI.

Recognition by Ministries and bodies in other jurisdictions must be determined by the individual applicants.

Learn more

Our team would be delighted to answer any questions that you may have regarding this programme. Please contact our team for more information.

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