Clinical Nurse Consultant, Royal Prince Alfred
Thomas is the Clinical Nurse Consultant for Skin Integrity at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPAH) an 800 bed quaternary hospital. Thomas has been in his current role at RPAH since 2011. He is the Chair of a number of Wound and Pressure Injury Committees at RPAH.
Thomas has been involved in various research projects at RPAH and SLHD to improve patient care in relation to skin integrity and wound care. These include ‘Use of Cultured Epithelial Autograft for Donor Site Wound Healing’, ‘Use of Silicone dressings’. Most recently, he was an associate investigator on the ‘Getting to the Bottom of Hospital-acquired Pressure Injury: Translating Knowledge into Practice Study’ across Sydney Local Health District Study. This study was awarded the ‘Peoples Choice Award’ at the NSW Research Nursing Symposium in September 2017 and the ‘SLHD Patient Safety Quality Award’ in November 2017. He was also an associate investigator on a recently published study to reduce occipital pressure injuries in 2018 in the intensive care unit at RPAH, which led to an 87.7% reduction in occipital pressure injuries.
Thomas’ experience is encompassed in his nursing career spanning almost three decades. He has worked nationally and internationally, Raxaul Mission Hospital, India, Charing Cross and Chelsea and Westminster Hospitals, London in the skin integrity field. His tertiary qualifications include a Master of Clinical Nursing, The University of Sydney specialising in Burns and Wound Management. Currently, Thomas is an Associate Investigator of a number of controlled trial studies at RPAH on the best practice for managing incontinence associated dermatitis, the use of heel offloading boots in the intensive care unit, and the use of an artificial intelligent application to measure, track and document wound progression. Thomas has presented his research at various national conferences including the Wounds Australia, and Australian and New Zealand Burns Association Conference. Thomas is a member of the state-wide the Electronic Medical Record Wound Documentation Committee comprising 13 districts, which is working on developing a solution to address the current gaps in wound documentation.