As part of the National Wound Care Strategy Programme (NWCSP), our aim is to help improve the quality of wound care provision across Kent Surrey Sussex.

We will do this by reducing unwarranted variation, improving safety and optimising patient experience and outcomes.

Enabling activities to achieve this include:
• awareness raising of good practice and gaps in service provision
• collaboration with and between organisations
• Industry engagement.

The NWCSP exists to scope the development of a wound care national strategy for England that focuses on improving care relating to:
• pressure ulcers,
• lower limb ulcers, and
• surgical wounds.

Implementation
Our project will locally implement the NWCSP by working with our key partners to:
1. establish the underlying clinical and economic case for change
2. identify the desirable improvements in patient care
3. describe the necessary changes and interventions required to deliver these improvements.

The scale of the challenge
The annual NHS cost of managing 2.2 million patients with wounds after adjusting for co-morbidities was reported at £4.5-£5.1 billion in 2012-13 (Burden of Wounds – Guest et al, 2015). Since then, the cost will have increased and if this issue is not adequately addressed, wound care expenditure may increase by more than 50% for an average CCG over the next five years (Gray et al, 2018).

Evidence indicates unwarranted variation in UK wound services, underuse of evidence-based practices and overuse of ineffective practices (Guest et al, 2015; Gray et al, 2018).
This offers major opportunities to improve the quality of chronic wound care through innovative solutions that will improve wound healing, prevent harm, increase productivity of staff, and produce financial savings in line with the requirements of the recent NHS Long Term Plan (NHS England, 2019).

Additionally Leg ulceration and pressure ulcer risk assessment are included in the 2020/21 CCG CQUIN scheme.

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For more information
Contact Frances Scott, Programme Manager
Email: frances.scott@nhs.net