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Education and training

The Children's Burns Research Centre aims to use the evidence from research to develop educational materials for professionals, patients and parents of patients.

Burns courses for professionals

  • The Principles of Burn Care

The Burn Care & Rehabilitation course is run by North Bristol NHS Trust and the University of the West of England every year from October to February. Enhance your knowledge and skills in this specialist field through blended learning.

This 40 credit Level 3 / Level M module is aimed at nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dietitians, psychologists, counsellors, theatre staff and other professions allied to medicine working in a burn care or relevant practice setting.

The module includes face-to-face days and online study days alongside self-directed study covering a wide range of topics within burn care. The assessment is in two components comprising a presentation and a critically reflective online blog. On successful completion the 40 credits can be used towards a Degree or Masters Programme.

NHS Staff can apply online for the Burn Care & Rehabilitation course online or telephone (0117) 32 81158. For application enquiries please email or telephone (0117) 32 81158.

  • University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust Psychology Training

Dr Julia Cadogan provides ongoing training to ward staff at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust using a modular Programme developed by Changing Faces and London and South East Burn Care Network (LSEBN).


The centre, in collaboration with clinical specialist burns staff, have created a set of e-learning modules for nursing (UWE) and medical students (UoB) to use during their training. These cover all aspects of burn care such as first aid, burn assessment, psychology and burns prevention in an interactive format, hosted by the blackboard online learning portal.

Student Projects

Throughout the year the Centre hosts numerous medical student projects, if you are interested please contact us to discuss with the team. Below are some examples of previous essc projects completed by medical students both from the University of Bristol, but also other Universities from around the UK.



  • Fluid Management in Burns - Retrospective Notes Review of Burn Patients' Fluid Requirements.
  • The use of hydrogen peroxide in the treatment of infected burn wounds.
  • Icon-B infection consensus questionnaire piloting.
  • What is the best way to design a Delphi Study to achieve Consensus in Burn Outcome importance?


  • Fluid resuscitation feasibility survey.
  • Gender effects on outcomes after burn injury.
  • Temperature patterns in children with small in-patient burns (or re-admissions).
  •  What is clinically relevant burn wound infection?


  • How do we swab and how should we swab?: an analysis of swab technique.
  • Patient views of medical photography.
  • Investigating the static and dynamic coefficient of friction of hospital fabrics and dressings and the potential impact on skin graft survival.
  • The use of Hyperspectral imaging and photometric stereo for wound assessment.
  • The Cost of a Paediatric Burn Readmission with Suspected Wound Infection.
  • How can we improve the effectiveness of distraction in the paediatric burns service?


  • The pattern of small burns in children under 6 months and prevention.
  • What factors are predictive of persistent pain following full thickness and deep dermal burn injury? Reviewing the logistics and analysis of skin samples.
  • Review of the current clinical practice and the variation in wound infection diagnosis techniques and antibiotic use among different burn services.
  • Review of the best practice for taking burn wound swabs and comparing different depressors.
  • Testing and evaluating the 'introduction to children's burns' e-learning module.


  • Age appropriate information for children admitted with burn injuries: what is known and how can we improve on this with patient and family input.
  • Complications and outcomes in pre-school children with small burns.
  • Numbers of children of <16 years in England and Wales with burn injuries over the last 10 years compared to global incidences: burn type, age range, survival, admissions, burn service numbers, ED numbers.
  • Burn wound exudate: what is known regarding composition and changes in composition during infection and inflammation in children with burn injuries with especial note to protein content.
  • Management care pathways for children with small area scalds in England and Wales: a survey.
  • How professionals are educated, or access information, about children's burns.
  • The role of Procalcitonin in the diagnosis of sepsis in paediatric burns. The final results and analysis of a multicentre observational study conducted by the Children's Burns Research Centre


  • Exudate collection protocol.
  • Toxic Shock Syndrome survey of burns services.
  • Audit of burn wound microbiology.
  • Antibiotic prophylaxis survey of burns units for children.


Library Burns Current Awareness Newsletter (University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust)

We have set up a quarterly Burns Current Awareness Bulletin with the library at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust. It includes a list of the previous months new publications related to burns. Please contact us if you would like a copy.