‘What do you think of maggots?’. It was a question I wasn’t expecting in my first week in my new job. It was 1995 and I had just taken over as senior clinical research nurse at the Surgical Material Testing Laboratory at Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend, when my new boss Steve Thomas asked me this unexpected question. This is when I first became aware of the possibility of using maggots in wound care. This introduction would colour the rest of my career as I became an advocate for the use of maggots, spreading the word to an often unconvinced audience of healthcare professionals.