University Centre forNursing and Midwifery

About us

SKINT is specialised in pressure ulcers, IAD and skin tears. We conduct research, deliver consultancy services, implement innovation, educate and design tools to support clinical practice. 

Mission

PRODUCING, DISSEMINATING AND IMPLEMENTING HIGH-QUALITY EVIDENCE

Our mission is to produce, disseminate and implement high- quality evidence that fosters a better understanding of maintaining and improving skin integrity in all areas of healthcare. Partnering with patients, clinicians, scientists,  industry, professional organisations and healthcare policy makers are core elements in our mission. We are committed to advance healthcare policy debate locally, nationally and internationally.

Vision

COMMITTED TO CO- CREATE A SOLID EVIDENCE BASE AND TO FACILITATE CLINICAL DECISION MAKING

To achieve our mission, we co- create a solid evidence base to support skin integrity practice and to facilitate policy making by:

  • Identifying priority research needs and creating essential research questions with a real impact in clinical practice;
  • Conducting research in skin integrity epidemiology in the general population and in subgroups such as individuals at the extremes of age, the critically ill or medically compromised, and in those requiring assistance with personal care;
  • Designing, performing, analysing and publishing high- quality research about efficacy, effectiveness, and efficiency of management interventions in the domain of skin integrity; 
  • Providing consultancy services to identify, develop, test, evaluate and/or refine skin integrity products and procedures;
  • Creating strategies to disseminate and implement evidence-based skin integrity practices (e.g. skin care interventions; prevention, early detection, diagnostic, treatment; quality improvement programs) at public health, clinical practice, and community care setting level;
  • Developing and providing advanced skin integrity training and training programmes;
  • Developing, validating, and implementing clinically oriented skin integrity tools.

Team

We are a skin integrity focused research group embedded in the University Centre for Nursing and Midwifery at Ghent University. The research group is led by Prof. dr. Dimitri Beeckman. 

Prof. dr. Dimitri Beeckman

Prof. dr. Dimitri Beeckman

Professor, Scientific coordinator

Prof. dr. Jan Kottner

Prof. dr. Jan Kottner

Visiting Professor

Prof. dr. Zena Moore

Prof. dr. Zena Moore

Visiting professor

Karen Van den Bussche

Karen Van den Bussche

Researcher, PhD candidate

Nele Van Damme

Nele Van Damme

Researcher, PhD candidate

Dorien De Meyer

Dorien De Meyer

Researcher, PhD candidate

Bénédicte Manderlier

Bénédicte Manderlier

Researcher

Hanne Van Tiggelen

Hanne Van Tiggelen

Researcher, PhD candidate

Charlotte Anrys

Charlotte Anrys

Researcher

Elien Zwaenepoel

Elien Zwaenepoel

Researcher

Brecht Serraes

Brecht Serraes

Researcher, PhD candidate