Improving wound care self-management

Living with a wound can lead to loss of independence or control. Individuals should have the chance to understand their condition, be involved in decisions about treatment and take responsibility for managing their wound where they are able to do so.

Wound carePennine Care’s adult community nursing teams in Bury, Oldham and Trafford are developing a robust wound care self-management pathway, which aims to optimise high quality patient outcomes.

The project will include any patient with a low risk wound and it will involve four stages:

1. Researching current evidence and practice

2. Designing a pathway with support from key stakeholders - such as patients, nursing teams and governance colleagues

3. Pilot and evaluation

4. Implementation

The project outcomes will be split into four themes:

Patient experience

  • Self-management – empowers patients; provide confidence, knowledge and competency

Patient outcomes

  • Wound healing rates

Staff experience

  • Safe and supported
  • Clear protocol and guidance

Service utilisation

  • Reduced appointments, travel time and costs

The project will be supported by a master’s research dissertation which will increase evidence base within wound care self-management.

Innovation will also play a key role in supporting patient’s to self-manage. An example of this is the FLO telehealth service, which supports patients to self-manage with the through the use of text messages.

The project launched in Oldham’s treatment rooms on 23 January 2017 and will soon launch in Bury and Trafford.