Why should you do this course & overview:
Lower limb ulcers are a major health problem and cause significant suffering to patients.
There are an estimated 739,000 leg ulcers in England with estimated associated healthcare costs of £3.1 billion per year, placing a significant burden on NHS services.
In England, there is considerable variation in leg ulcer practice and outcomes, which leads to extended healing times, significant patient suffering, increased spend and wasted time on clinical care which is inappropriate and ineffective.
This unwarranted variation offers major opportunities to improve healing rates and reduce recurrence rates and thus reduce individual suffering, spend on inappropriate and ineffective treatments and the amount of clinical time spent on care.
The National Wound Care Strategy Programme have provided recommendations that outline evidence-informed care that will improve healing of lower limb wounds.
This purpose of this training is to provide practitioners with clear guidance on nationally driven pathways of care that promote early assessment, diagnosis, and fast access to evidence-informed treatment, with escalation of treatment or service provision for people requiring more complex care.
- Anatomy and physiology of the causes of lower limb ulcers including venous, arterial and lymphoedema.
- Introduction to the Lower limb pathway and National Wound Care Strategy Programme lower limb recommendations.
- Lower limb assessment theory, including assessment for red flags, venous and arterial disease indicators and completion of ABPI to inform treatment and care planning decisions.
- Recognition of when a patient may need specialist assessment by a vascular surgical team, dermatology or Tissue Viability.
- Practical session to demonstrate ABPI and compression bandaging application relevant to the pathway.
- Simulated scenarios to enable clinicians to consolidate the theoretical and practical sessions in preparation for completion of competencies in practice.
- By the end of the course, you should be confident in performing a first line lower limb assessment.
- You should gain skills to effectively assess, diagnose and treat lower limb ulcers where appropriate and plan ongoing care.
- You should be able to monitor the efficacy of the treatment plan and review accordingly where healing does not progress as expected.
- You should be able to recognise the need for further specialist assessment and refer appropriately providing clear rationale for escalation.
- You should have gained the theoretical and practical skills to enable you to complete your competencies in collaboration with an assessor in your clinical area.
Simulation team, STRIVE Academic Centre
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All cancellations need to be made through your account. For those who do not attend without cancellation, your line manager will be notified and a possible charge may be incurred. All paid events have a strict cancellations policy.
Certificates and feedback:
Upon completion of this course a certificate will be available for you to download from your account along with any other post course information. Please ensure you complete your feedback so we are able to continuously improve our training.
If you are a non-medical registrant who is eligible for Continual Professional Development (CPD) funding this course will account as part of your annual allowance.