PAM Committee members

anna_pittermann Name Anna Pittermann (chair)
Country Austria
Profession Clinical Psychologist; Psychotherapist
Workplace General Hospital of Vienna, Department of Surgery;Medical University of Vienna
E-mail anna.pittermann@gmx.at
Short autobiography
I studied Psychology at the University of Vienna and after that specialized in Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy. I spent a few years working at the Child psychiatry unit and then changed to the Department of Surgery where the Vienna Burn Center is located. When I started working at the burns unit I was the first psychologist to establish psychological care for burn victims on a regular basis Realizing how special the work at a burn center is and how important it is to collaborate with other experts in the field of burn care I was glad to join the EBA and especially the PAM committee. Apart from my work at the General Hospital I teach Diagnostics at the University of Vienna and Communication at the Medical University.
Reason for joining the PAM committee
Within the PAM committee I have the opportunity to work together with other PAM´s from all over Europe. All my colleagues are such inspiring, focused and dedicated professionals who bring so much energy into the world of burn care. I am sure that we can all learn from each other and everything is done more easily when working together.
Current focus in relation to the EBA PAM committee
The Organisation of provision of psychological support for burn victims

 

anita Name Anita Boekelaar
Country The Netherlands
Profession Registered (Aftercare) Nurse
Workplace Burn Centre at the Red Cross Hospital Beverwijk
E-mail aboekelaar@rkz.nl
Short autobiography
After completing my nurse training in 1985, I started to work in the Burn Centre in 1987. I chose for the special care in the Burns Unit, where a small amount of patients are given much more attention in comparison to an ordinary ward. In 2001 I became Aftercare Nurse. My task is to support patients and their families during their stay in hospital. I prepare them for discharge by giving information and practical help. And I arrange home care, or admission to a rehabilitation clinic or an elderly home.
After discharge I stay in contact with the patients and I support them also at the out patient clinic. People contact me with all kind of questions. Further more, I collect data for different studies carried out by the Association of Dutch Burn Centres, and I work part-time for the Dutch Burns Foundation, organising activities for peer contact for adults.
As you see, I am involved in patient’s lives in a turbulent phase and that can last for quite a long period! It is a privilege to do this wonderful work!
Reason for joining the PAM committee
Burn Care is a multidisciplinary work and being a PAM committee member means that I am in contact with many other disciplines working in different European countries. We learn from each other. I bring along my experience as an Aftercare Nurse into the committee.
Current focus in relation to the EBA PAM committee
Apart from doing the usual tasks like writing guidelines and preparing congresses, I am liaison for burn camp issues. I have been part of the EBA Burn Camp committee for several years. Although that committee does not exist anymore, burn camps still have my interest. I hope I will be able to make a contribution regarding countries that don’t have activities for peer contact yet.

 

diane Name Diane Derwael
Country Belgium
Profession Coordinator of Burn Camps
Workplace Burn Centre at the Military Hospital of Brussel
E-mail dderwael@yahoo.com
Short autobiography
In 1989 I graduated at the University of Louvain (Belgium) and got my Master in Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy. I started my career in the Militay Hospital of Soest at the rehabilitation service. Here I manly worked with children with a physical or mental disability. In 1991 I started to work in the Burn Unit of the Military Hospital of Brussels (Belgium). I will be working there for 19 years. The first 6 years at intensive care, and later at the medium care unit. In 2005 I got a teaching degree and I was a teacher for two years at a high school. Throughout my career childrens education was very important; for that reason reason I started with Sandra Hendrickx in 1998, the National Burn Camp, which  in 2010 comes under the care of NPO Pinocchio and is called now our Eastern Camp.
In 2010 I started working fully for NPO Pinocchio. Since 2011 we have known an enormous grow of our activities and camps. Today I’m coordinator of the burn camps of NPO Pinocchio. We have our yearly Eastern camp, of one week  with ± 65 children between 5 en 19 years old and ± 30 animators. We also have our Cure Camp at Spa with 14 children between 5 en 16 years old and we have our “16+” for young adults between 16 and 25 years old.
Reason for joining the PAM committee
I believe in sharing our experience. Communication is the key to success. Throughout the European countries we have many different cultures and approaches, I hope to share my expertise and hope to learn from others.
Current focus in relation to the EBA PAM committee
Helping in organising the exchange of information between countries and working on guidelines and workshops in doing so.

 

Name S. Guila Fidel Kinori
Country Spain
Profession Clinical Psychologist
Workplace Vall d’Hebron University Hospital, Barcelona
E-mail sgfidel@vhebron.net
Short autobiography
I’m a Clinical Psychologist, PhD in Psychology and Master of Medical Psychology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
My work it is attached to the Psychiatry Service at Vall d’Hebron University Hospital (HUVH), and I develop my main areas of interest are in clinical work and research within the Traumatic Stress Program. As a member of the Liaison Consultation Team, I’m the psychologist who provides care for patients, families and staff on the Burns Unit.
My expertise within the healthcare field is the psychological care of patients with medical conditions and in addition to provide care for victims of traumatic events. Adding to my clinical practice, I teach these subjects in different centers and universities in Catalonia.
Reason for joining the PAM committee
The PAM committee provides a great opportunity to work and share together with other health professional across Europe who provide care to burn injured patients. I hope that this organisation will allow us to understand the experience of each other and promote the development of our speciality.
Current focus in relation to the EBA PAM committee
My current focus will be to collaborate with the PAM section and activities at the EBA congress in Barcelona, in 2017.

 

helma Name Helma Hofland
Country the Netherlands
Profession Registered Nurse, Pediatric and ICU nurse, MScN
Workplace Burn centre Maasstadziekenhuis Rotterdam
E-mail HoflandH@maasstadziekenhuis.nl
Short autobiography
I completed my nursing training in 1980. Since then I did several specializations like, pediatric, Intensive Care and Tropical Medicine. I gained working experience in these fields in several hospitals in the Netherlands and the UK. My first encounter with burns was in the Sudan where I worked for two years for Medicine Sans Frontières (MSF). Returning to the Netherlands my experience in the Rotterdam burn centre started. I completed the burn care training and finished my Master of Science study.In 1999 until 2008 I worked in Malawi, Africa in a local burn centre. Once back in Rotterdam I could return to the burn centre but now in the field of psycho- social research. Furthermore I am invited in several African countries to give courses and workshops in burn care and pediatrics.
Reason for joining the PAM committee
A burn injury has a huge impact on the victims and the relatives. It is a global problem, therefore prevention and education is from the utmost importance. To work in the committee with enthusiastic and motivated colleagues is a privilege. Hopefully our work will benefit our colleagues who work in very difficult circumstances in Europe, Africa and Asia.
Current focus in relation to the EBA PAM committee
My main interests are pediatrics, pain and psycho-social issues. Continuing  with the guidelines and the preparation of the EBA conference in Hannover.

 

koen Name Koen Maertens
Country Belgium
Profession Clinical Psychologist; Managing Director OSCARE
Workplace OSCARE, organisation for burns, scar aftercare & research, Antwerp, Belgium
E-mail koen.maertens@oscare.be
Short autobiography
In 2002 I graduated as a clinical psychologist at the Free University of Brussels (VUB) where I started as a teaching assistant and a research fellow doing research on the ‘Psychological consequences in pediatric burns’. Meanwhile I enjoyed being volunteer at the Belgian burn camps for several years. In 2008 I changed work and started working in a new environment as Managing Director from OSCARE, a (non-profit) organisation for burns, scar aftercare & research. This ambulatory medical center is unique in its kind, combining (after)care, research, education (Scar Academy) and prevention. I have a special interest into the development of new educational programs raising knowledge and skills of scar treatments in healthcare professionals who are not mainly working in burns care. Furthermore I’m interested in aftercare and research on Quality of Life. Lastly I do believe that adequate prevention materials and campaigns could play an important role in changing public behavior resulting in less burn accidents.
Reason for joining the PAM committee
Sharing knowledge and actively working towards a better burn world resulting in better long-term outcomes are one of the main drivers to join the PAM committee.
Current focus in relation to the EBA PAM committee
Guidelines aftercare & discharge – psychological impact – education in burn care & scar treatments.

 

renate Name Renate Pfann
Country Switzerland
Profession Occupational Therapist Bsc, MAS Managing Diversity
Workplace Children’s University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland
E-mail renate.pfann@kispi.uzh.ch
Short autobiography
After travelling the world in the 80s I worked as a fellow in a team of socialworkers and psychologists at a reception- and transit center for asylum seekers before I started my basic studies in Occupational Therapy in Zürich, Switzerland in 1992. I had my practical trainings at the Psychiatric University Hospital and specialized clinic in Handrehabilitation in Zürich as well as a the Rehabilitation Center for Children Alyn, Jerusalem and Rehabilitation for Children and Adults with burn injuries at Rambam University Hospital, Haifa, Israel, where I struggeled sometimes with my Hebrew and Arabic. To my regret I forgot most of my Hebrew and Arabic in the last 20 years. Yet the professional experiences in the field of burn injuries have cut deeply into my memory.
Since 1996 I work as a qualified Occupational Therapist at the University Children’s Hospital Zurich and since 2000 until now I am leading the OT-Team in cooperation with my colleague.
From 2006 -2007 I joined my husband at the District hospital Silveira in rural Zimbabwe together with our kids age 7 and 10 at that time. Since 2011 I am a member of the multidisciplinary conducting team of the Center for Children with severe burn injuries, University Children’s Hospital in Zurich.
Reason for joining the PAM committee
The possibility to contribute to a platform where knowledge and experiences are easily accessible for colleagues in areas where access to specialized education and professional exchange is very difficult attracted me.
Current focus in relation to the EBA PAM committee
My main interests are pediatric burn victims, stress in connection with painful procedures and issues such as the impact on the course of treatment of diverse backgrounds of families such as migration, home and social environment, child rearing, the family’s perception/understanding of disease and explanatory model as well as their resources for coping. As a first step in relation to the EBA I will work on a pediatric OT-guideline.

 

vratna Name Romana Vratna
Country  The Czech Republic
Profession Intensive Care Unit Nurse
Workplace  Burn Centre, University Hospital Ostrava
E-mail romana.vratna@fno.cz
Short autobiography
I completed my nursing training in 1993. Since then I have done worked within several specialities such as pediatric and Intensive Care. I started working in 1993 at Child unit where I worked for two years,   I then worked in an Intensive care unit from 1995 to 2010, Department of Pediatrics where I cared for children after severe injuries, car accidents and severe burn injuries. Care of children with burn injuries was very interesting to me that´s why I started working at the Burn Centre in 2010.  In 2012 I finished my studies of Master‘s degree in Nursing and Management in Health care at Palacky University in Olomouc. In addition to my work at University Hospital I lecture for university students. 
Reason for joining the PAM committee
There are a lot of professionals in PAM committee who can share their experience with each other.  It is very important to work together on important projects and to be part of a multidisciplinary team as PAM committee. 
Current focus in relation to the EBA PAM committee
My main focus are pediatrics, pain and prevention of burn injuries.

 

teresa Name Teresa Tredoux
Country England
Profession Registered Nurse
Workplace The Burns Unit, St. Andrews Centre, Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 7ET, England
E-mail teresa.tredoux@meht.nhs.uk
Short autobiography
I completed my nurse training in 1988 and gained some experience working in Hopsitals in Cambridge and London before joining the team at St Andrews Burn Unit in 1993. Since then I have worked in number of roles and currently I am the Lead Nurse on the Burns Intensive Care Unit.
Reason for joining the PAM committee
Burn injuries are life changing and patients and their families require a high level of specialised care throughout their journey. The PAM committee gives professionals the ability to share knowledge, skills and experience; it is a privelidge to be able to work alongside such motivated European colleagues.
Current focus in relation to the EBA PAM committee
The continuation of writing the guidleines, and preperation for the Hanover conference.

 

tobbe Name Tobias Tandrup
Country Sweden
Profession Physiotherapist
Workplace Departmet of Handsurgery, Södersjukhuset (Stockholm South General Hospital)
E-mail tobias.tandrup@gmail.com
Short autobiography
I have been a physiotherapist since 2010. I started working at the Burns Unit at Linköping University Hospital directly after my graduation, and worked there for four years. I currently work as a physiotherapist/handtherapist at Södersjukhuset in Stockholm. In 2014 I recieved my masters degree in physiotherapy.
Reason for joining the PAM committee
I joined the PAM committee to be a part of a multidisciplinary team, working to improve burn care in Europe and to promote the important work that PAM’s do in burn care.
Current focus in relation to the EBA PAM committee
I am currently working on a guideline regarding Handtherapy after burns. I am also a member of the EBA Prevention Committee, developing the Prevention website.