Winner: Urgo Medical Ltd: Urgo Clinical Pathway Support Service
Leg ulcer care is a major cost for the acute and community sectors, and with prevalence likely to rise is a key issue for many NHS organisations. Urgo Medical Ltd developed a clinical pathway in Manchester to improve wound care and support holistic patient care, with the aim of a better quality of life for the patient and value for money for the NHS.
The new pathway was based on evidence-based practice and drew on successful pathways used elsewhere. It incorporated a wound care formulary and support and training for clinicians, as well as a quality of life questionnaire used by the clinician with patients to guide choices.
The judges felt that this project has addressed an important health problem and has used a method which is likely to be of great value in other settings and other clinical areas. They stated that they would like to see this approach continued, scaled, established in other disciplines and perhaps even digitised.
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