Innovation in Chronic Wound Management - Nursing Times Awards
Chronic wounds, such as venous leg ulcers, have a devastating effect on quality of life and can lead to loss of independence and social isolation. It is estimated that the prevalence of chronic wounds is growing at the rate of around 12% a year and these wounds have a substantial economic burden on the NHS. Chronic wound management is primarily nurse-led and requires skills and knowledge to care for patients who frequently have multiple comorbidities that can adversely affect healing.
This award is open to individual nurses or teams in the NHS or independent sector and those working in specialist wound care services. Entrants must be able to demonstrate how a change in practice has resulted in clear improvements in patients’ or clients’ wound healing, enhanced their quality of life and/or prevented reoccurrence of their wound.
Innovations could include:
- Innovative pathways to improve the holistic management of chronic wounds
- Patient education to reduce reoccurrence of chronic wounds such as leg ulcers
- Increasing nurses’ awareness of the causes of poor wound healing and management strategies
Each entry will be judged against the following criteria:
- Innovation: originality of the idea
- Value: impact of the initiative on patient care and/or service effectiveness
- Patient focus: evidence that patient/service user need was central to the work
- Collaboration: evidence of the involvement of other professionals, services and/or patients in the project
- Clinical effectiveness: data demonstrating how this initiative drives clinical enhancements
- Leadership: evidence of entrants championing their innovation in their organisation or more widely
- Adaptability: ideas that could be adapted for use elsewhere in entrants’ organisations or other organisations
- Sustainability: initiatives that can be embedded within organisations to operate without the input of the people who developed them