You've done it again! Not content with merely trying to deliver a service in the face of swingeing cuts, more patients and less staff, you've been innovating, creating and generally making life easier for your patients.
So in what looks like becoming the annual 'must be there' event, awards were presented to those of you whom your peers had decided were worth a prize!
In issue 13, we presented some of the winners' stories. Here we present the rest.
The NHS is facing increasing demands to provide excellent care with fewer resources. This article outlines the authors worked together with a colleague to develop a set of product criteria that they consider wound dressings should meet in order to include on their WMFs.
The work that the authors have undertaken dovetails with the work currently being undertaken on the development of a suggested national wound formulary. Indeed, it has been seen by a member of the working group who is taking it to them for consideration for use in their processes.
In my recent editorial ‘In, Out, Shake it All About’ (Issue 8: https://pcnr.co.uk/articles/249/in-out-in-out-shake-it-all-about), I postulated that the revalidation process was likely to be a bit unwieldy. On a personal note, as I am self-employed, I was worried about finding someone to have my reflective discussion with and someone to sign off all the paperwork. Fortunately, a colleague came to the rescue and offered to do both jobs (see, a nurse multi-tasking again).
In return, I agreed to write about my experience of revalidation. So here goes…
Using suction to remove toxins or to stimulate wound perfusion is not new. However, the therapeutic use of mechanical negative pressure for wound management has developed exponentially over the past three decades, with a consequent rise in the number of therapies available. In this article, Sylvie Hampton guides us through the use of negative pressure.
The Lindsay Leg Club Model (LLC) was conceived as a unique partnership between the district nursing team and the local community, in which patients are empowered, through a sense of ownership to become stakeholders in their own treatment. This article gives a brief overview of the model, and concludes with a blog, written by David Foster Deputy Director of Nursing and Midwifery Advisor at the Department of Health, after his visit to Mottingham Leg Club.
Within three short months of their daughter Florence’s birth, Judith and Chris Parsons’ world was turned upside down. Eczema was diagnosed and standard creams and emollients for symptom control prescribed.