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The East of England Leads on the National Wound Care Strategy
02 October 2019

The East of England NHS Collaborative Procurement Hub (the Hub) is delighted to announce that Stephanie Rose, our Head of Pharmacy Procurement and Integrated Care, will be leading the Supply and Distribution workstream of the National Wound Care Strategy Programme (NWCSP).    

With an estimated 2.2 million people in the UK living with chronic, non-healing wounds, wound care imposes a significant financial burden on the NHS, upwards of £5 billion per year and increasing around 10% annually; this spend is comparable to that of managing obesity. Clinical and economic benefits could accrue from improved systems of care and an increased awareness of the impact that wounds impose on patients and the NHS. 

In 2018, NHS England and NHS Improvement commissioned the Academic Health Science Network to develop and deliver a National Wound Care Strategy Programme for EnglandThe primary aim of this programme is to scope the development of a strategy that focuses on improving care relating to pressure ulcers, lower limb ulcers and surgical wounds.  

The Supply and Distribution workstream is key in supporting this national programme; the first workshop took place on 10th September 2019with the aim of generating key objectives and outputs from the workstream. 

The NWCSP builds on the findings of Lord Carter's review into unwarranted variations in mental health and community health services published in May 2018.  The programme also supports delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan and overcoming challenges currently facing our health system. 

“The East of England Collaborative Procurement Hub was asked to lead this workstream based on their procurement expertise, as well as Stephanie’s personal interest in the supply of wound care products,” Una Adderley, the Director of the NWCSP commented. “Stephanie has a sound understanding of this market and the supply challenges faced by Commissioners and Providers when procuring wound care items and has a vision for her region which aligns to the national programme.” 

Liam Horkan, Chair of the East of England Tissue Viability Network, who are also key stakeholders on the programme, said, “We are really pleased to be working with the Hub on the National Wound Care Strategy; we are an active clinical network who strongly believe in driving best practice, improving outcomes and working collaboratively. 

The Hub has already set up several initiatives in the East of England, such as initiating a Best Practice Leg Ulcer Pathway following a workshop which North East Essex CCG have now adopted successfully and which can be shared nationally to show case good practice.   

Stephanie said, “We are pleased to be recognised for the work we are doing in the wound care market.  With this platform, we will be able to ensure that the East of England region is at the forefront of wound care management.  We have some fantastic clinicians across our region and there is a real will to make this work.  Due to the complexities involved in the supply of wound care products we are already working closely with our local systems and will look to them as early adopters for the national work in development. 

 

Click here for more information on the Hub's work in the Wound Care market.