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In 1995 Ellie introduced the concept of a psychosocial model of lower limb care, the ‘Leg Club’, to address the holistic needs of her patients.

Her work has since been widely disseminated through publications and international conference presentations. She has published more than 80 articles, predominantly concerning the Leg Club Model and Patient Empowerment and is regularly invited to speak at UK and international conferences.

Ellie has received multiple awards for her Leg Club model and in 2011 was awarded The British Journal of Nursing Lifetime Achievement Award. She continues to facilitate the introduction of Leg Clubs in the UK, Australia and Europe.

In 2015 she received an OBE for services to nursing. The honour recognises the years of hard work and commitment to the Leg Club model which is widely regarded as a viable, replicable and cost-effective way to treat people with lower limb problems.

She has worked with research teams in the UK and overseas, and as Chair, Ellie recently led an international World Union of Wound Healing Societies (WUWHS) scientific committee task force to investigate and promote patient rights.

According to Ellie, the challenge now is to bring together the new and ever-growing technology in an innovative, creative and cost-effective way which keeps individuals experiencing life with comorbidity at functional levels of wellness within their normal social environment.