Lower limb wounds form the largest proportion of wound care. In 2019, there were an estimated 739,000 leg ulcers in England with estimated healthcare costs of £3.1 billion per annum and there are at least as many people with foot ulcers but without diabetes, as there are people with diabetic foot ulcers. Between 2012/13 and 2017/18, the number of GP appointments for wound care increased by 164% increase while practice nurse appointments increased by 51%.
The quality of care varies widely but evidence-based care increases healing, reduces recurrence and thus significantly reduces the number of people with lower limb wounds. This situation presents a valuable opportunity for quality improvement through system change to deliver better patient outcomes and secure better value from existing resources. This webinar will share information about the National Wound Care Strategy Programme’s (NWCSP) work to implement better care for people with lower limb wounds.
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Wounds on the lower limb are the most common type of wound.
People with a lower leg wound who present to a clinician should receive a full assessment (including a vascular assessment) and commence treatment within 14 days.
Most leg ulcers are due to venous disease for which there is effective treatment.
Healing rates for venous leg ulcer should be at least 74% within 12 months, rather than the current 32%.
System change, that includes general practice, is needed to improve care.
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Una is a Registered Nurse and Queen’s Nurse with a background in community nursing, tissue viability, education and research. She has published widely on wound care, particularly in relation to leg ulceration. Una is now responsible for...
Mike Burrows is the National AHSN Network Coordination Director and has previously held roles as the Managing Director of the Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network (AHSN), the Director of the NHS England (Greater Manchester) Area Team...
Medical Director, Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust (KCHFT)
Sarah is Executive Sponsor for the wound care Project and the Trust’s Quality Improvement Lead. In addition to her work with KCHFT, Sarah is a GP. Prior to joining KCHFT, Sarah was Clinical Chair of Canterbury and Coastal CCG & Chair of East Kent...