Knowle Clinic announced joint winner of NiP Wound Care Award
Knowle Clinic in Bristol and Higher Openshaw Primary Care Centre in Manchester have been announced joint winners of the Nursing in Practice Wound Care Award in Birmingham.
Gail Powell, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Sue Murphy, Tissue Viability Nurse at Bristol PCT have developed a wound care service which aims to deliver high-quality care to the whole Bristol community, improving patient outcomes for those with challenging and difficult wounds.
To increase the numbers of patients that could be seen, three complex clinics were set up in various venues across Bristol. Mobile patients could be seen at the clinics and domiciliary visits were offered for the housebound. The potential for developing the service if a further wound care specialist nurse and clerical help were available was soon realised to cope with the growing clinical and clerical demand.
A project was also set up with secondary care to follow up patients who have had surgery for pilonidal sinus disease who often have problems healing. These patients are now seen by the wound care service routinely with good results, helping to save outpatient follow-up.
The service has been able to reduce hospital bed days and admissions by caring for patients in the community with negative pressure therapy.
Innovative ways of working with nursing homes are being explored – training is currently offered to all nursing homes and domiciliary visits for complex wounds. The team is working on a project to improve the input and raise the knowledge of the nurses that work in this care setting.
The team also works collaboratively with medicine management, bringing down dressing costs and ensuring adherence to the wound care formulary.
For details of the joint winner of this award, Higher Openshaw Primary Care Centre, click here