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Higher Openshaw Centre 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. 

Louise Stuart (Consultant Podiatrist), Michelle Proudman (Tissue Viability Nurse) and team at NHS Manchester (North District) have developed an innovative approach to multidisciplinary partnership working for managing patients with non-diabetic foot complications.

Many clinicians in both primary and secondary care settings struggle to find a method of effective pressure relief that is adaptable and versatile for use in a variety of clinical contexts and, most importantly, acceptable to the individual patient.

Until the introduction of the "soft cast heel cup" within the community arena, this problem remained unsolved. Many patients were treated for several months with available resources which were expensive such as dynamic pressure relieving devices, with limited or no improvement of the ulcer.

The foot protection team provides an integrated care model, supported by a care pathway, which includes expertise in sharp debridement, foot screening, appropriate wound care management, non-medical prescribing and timely follow-up.

What makes this service unique is the method used as a means of offloading pressure with soft-cast material.  

The device is readily available at the point of need; it is quick and easy to make, and is applicable to a variety of settings and for a variety of conditions. The device is also cosmetically acceptable to the patient. It is light and robust and is sufficiently comfortable to wear up to 24 hours a day.

Most importantly, patients quality of life has dramatically improved. Traditionally, bespoke casted devices have remained a secondary care-based option using time-consuming specialist skills. The heel cup can be made at the patient's bedside irrespective of location, and such an innovation is not currently easily accessible in the UK.

For details of the joint winner of this award, Knowle Clinic in Bristol, click here