Joan Enric Torra is currently, and since 1-IX-2018, post-doc researcher and lecturer in the Faculty of Infermeria and Physiotherapy of the University of Lleida, Catalunya.. He is the founder and Managing Director of SAPIENS Ferides/as-Wounds Consultants, the first comprehensive consultancy on wounds in Spain and Latin America. www.sapiens-fhwc.com and person in charge of the Blog PIEL SEGURA (SAFE SKIN) www.sapiensjetorrabou.com
He got a Nursing Diploma in the University of Barcelona (Bsc Nurs) in 1982. He got a master degree in wound care (Máster sobre Investigación y Gestión del Cuidado de las Heridas) of the University of Cantabria (MSc Nurs) in 2012 and concluded his PhD at the University of Alicante (February 2016).
He has been working as primary health care nurse in several primary health care centers, as well as in the Health Department of the Government of Catalonia as health planning technician were he supported the reform of the primary health care model and implemented several home care programmes. He created and was in charge of the “Consorci Sanitari de Terrassa’s Interdisciplinary Chronic Wounds Unit” (a catalan national health service trust in Terrassa, Barcelona) (1997-2003) and between December 2003 and May 2018 he has worked in the Wound Healing Division of Smith & Nephew performing clinical support, training and research activities in Spain, Portugal and latinoamerica.
His interests in wound care research and education are wide-ranging including: chronic wounds epidemiology and costs, pressure ulcers prevention and treatment, leg ulcers, complex wounds, pediatric wounds, negative pressure therapy, clinical practice guidelines assessment, Epidermolisis Bullosa, advanced skin care, incontinence associated dermatitis, (IAD), lymphedema, safety patient issues related to wound care, health economics and efficacy and efficiency in wound care and Surgical Site Infection epidemiology and prevention. He has also researched in pressure reduction properties of hydrocelular dressings as well as in experimental and basic research in wound care and in the development of new products and innovations as well as new organizational frameworks for wound care. He was honoured in 1996 with the 6th Spanish National Award of Nursing Research from the Spanish Nurses Council for a research about the epidemiology and cost of pressure ulcers in the primary health care network of the Consorci Sanitari de Terrassa.
He is currently, member of the steering Committee of the GNEAUPP (Spanish Pressure Ulcers and Chronic Wounds Advisory Panel) , Trustee of the EPUAP (European Pressure Ulcer advisory Panel) of the GRECS research group of the University of Lleida, collaborator of the TR2Lab group of the Universitat de Vic-Central de Catalunya, researcher at the Cátedra de Heridas Universidad de jaén-GNEAUPP, collaborator of the 4DHealth Innovation and Simulation Center www.4dhealth.com and consultant advisor of the Lindasy Leg Club Foundation (UK) www.legclub.org.
He has been vice president of the GNEAUPP (1997-2003) www.gneaupp.org and member of the boards of the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (1998-2003) www.epuap.org and the European Wound Management Association (1999-2003) www.ewma.org.
He currently lectures at the Faculty of Nursing and Physiotherapy at the University of Lleida, is lecturer at the official wound care master course at the University of Cantabria and in the post-graduate wound care programmes of the Universitat de Lleida, Universitat Rovira I Virgili (Tarragona) and the Escola Superior de Ciencies de la Salut Tecnocampus (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) in Mataró.
He has been a member of the board of examiners of different doctoral theses related to wounds: Dra. Miriam Berenguer Pérez (Universidad de Alicante 2016), Marta Ferrer Solà (Universitat de Vic-Universitat central de Catalunya 2017), Sandra Alexandre Lozano (Universitat de Lleida 2017) y Laura Lahuerta Valls (Universitat de Lleida 2018) and he is currently co-director of two doctoral theses at the University of Lleida (Gemma Pérez Acevedo and Omar Rodrígez Forner), one at the University of Jaén (Cecilia Movilla Jíménez) and another one at the la Universitat de Vic-Universitat central de Catalunya (Helena Sureda Vidal).
He has published 139 scientific papers, 91 papers about chronic wounds and other scientific topics and 48 chapters in wound care books; He is the co-editor of the two editions of the first Spanish wound care text book.