Wound care

Greater ManchesterGeneric Health Relevance
Start Date: 1 Jan 2014 End Date: 1 Dec 2015

Wound care

Aims of the project

Projects within this programme of work focus on enhancing quality of care and outcomes for people with complex wounds (sometimes referred to as chronic wounds), through the development of collaborations to promote the development and use of evidence-based practice within NHS community services.

The objectives of the wound care programme are:

  1. To build an active and collaborative wound care research and implementation network across Greater Manchester
  2. To identify local wound care uncertainties, priorities and current standards of care, and to use these to develop and commence delivery of a programme of community-based, world-leading wound research studies
  3. To support the implementation of wound care evidence into clinical practice and health service delivery
  4. To study the processes associated with the implementation of wound care research evidence.

Research highlights

The researchers have delivered four research studies as part of the core wound care programme of work, all of which, collectively, offer a firm foundation for future research and implementation activities within the NIHR CLAHRC Greater Manchester and beyond.

The team has worked with healthcare professionals and managers from the four partner NHS Trusts to systematically identify and prioritise their ‘uncertainties’ in relation to community-based wound care and the delivery of wound care services. Working collaboratively with these organisations, the researchers have also delivered a large-scale audit of complex wounds and their care within the community, collecting important data concerning the nature of the wounds being treated, by whom and the nature of the treatments being provided. Finally, the data collection phase

Key objectives

Projects within this programme of work focus on enhancing quality of care and outcomes for people with complex wounds (sometimes referred to as chronic wounds), through the development of collaborations to promote the development and use of evidence-based practice within NHS community services.

The objectives of our wound care programme are:

  1. To build an active and collaborative wound care research and implementation network across Greater Manchester
  2. To identify local wound care uncertainties, priorities and current standards of care, and to use these to develop and commence delivery of a programme of community-based, world-leading wound research studies
  3. To support the implementation of wound care evidence into clinical practice and health service delivery
  4. To study the processes associated with the implementation of wound care research evidence.

Research highlights

We’ve delivered four research studies as part of the core wound care programme of work, all of which, collectively, offer a firm foundation for future research and implementation activities within the NIHR CLAHRC Greater Manchester and beyond.

We have worked with healthcare professionals and managers from our four partner NHS Trusts to systematically identify and prioritise their ‘uncertainties’ in relation to community-based wound care and the delivery of wound care services. Working collaboratively with these organisations, we have also delivered a large-scale audit of complex wounds and their care within the community, collecting important data concerning the nature of the wounds being treated, by whom and the nature of the treatments being provided. Finally, the data collection phase has been completed for  two further studies which aim to examine the factors that influence the decisions made by community-based healthcare professionals and purchasing and procurement managers in relation to the selection and use of wound care treatments.

The programme also includes a PhD study focused on the development, implementation and evaluation of a pressure ulcer prevention bundle in nursing homes.

Contact 
Professor Dame Nicky Cullum DBE
nicky.cullum@manchester.ac.uk