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A roundtable on venous leg ulcer (VLU) management was held in June 2020: specialists in the field came together to discuss and identify the barriers to quality care, to analyse the impact and opportunities of the COVID-19 pandemic, to compare the components of a self-care pathway and to take active steps in the direction of care equality; this report details how to improve the care of patients with VLU while controlling costs, with an emphasis on the promotion of supported self-care. It is acknowledged that there is dramatic variation in the quality of venous leg ulcer management in the country. It is recognised that patients, organisational efficiencies, and catering to different patient groups (housebound, care homes and mobile patients) are the three principles for improving VLU management and treatment. In this respect, it need not be complicated.
Key themes from the roundtable ranged from inequality of care to barriers to best-practice delivery, and concluded with an extensive list of actions that can be taken to make a tangible change in the lives of these patients: the delegates expressed impatience and enthusiasm for making a difference to the care of patients with venous leg ulcers.