In England, there is considerable variation in leg ulcer practice and outcomes which increases care costs and extends healing times. This unwarranted variation offers major opportunities to improve healing rates and reduce recurrence rates and thus reduce patient suffering, spend on inappropriate and ineffective treatments and the amount of clinical time spent on care.
The National Wound Care Strategy Programme is updating the Recommendations for Lower Limb Care published in 2020 to incorporate learning from the First Tranche Implementation Sites. The recommendations will also be separated into those for leg ulcer care and foot ulcer care, which together will form a suite of lower limb wound recommendations.
The first of these to be sent for consultation is the leg ulcer recommendations, which is now available in draft for health and care professionals, suppliers of wound care products and people with wounds and carers to view and offer feedback.
As the NWCSP is an NHS England initiative, we can only accept responses from people who live or work in England. If you are living or working outside England but have useful information you would like to share with the NWCSP, please email NatWoundStrat@mft.nhs.uk