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Excellence. Every patient. Every time

24 June 2021
Volume 30 · Issue 12

Excellence. Every patient. Every time. This is the theme of the National Wound Care Strategy Programme's (NWCSP) National Wound Care Core Capabilities Framework for England (2021). It consists of five domains: underpinning principles; assessment, investigation and diagnosis; wound care; personalised care and health promotion; and leadership and management, education and research. The framework provides a standard for all levels of multi-professional clinicians, educationalists, researchers and managers. There can be no doubt that this is a significant achievement in tissue viability and will be highly influential in the future of wound prevention and care. This as a ‘must read’.

The delivery of excellent care to every patient every time really will make a difference. But how will we know what we are achieving? Using technology in tissue viability is the way to ensure high-quality care is provided to all and that it is monitored, evaluated and audited. The data clearly indicate it and patients will increasingly demand this. The latest evidence from Guest et al (2020) compares data from 2012-2013 to 2017-2018 and reports that there is an increase in the number of wounds and, significantly, an increase in the financial cost. Access to data is needed by clinicians, carers and patients. Wound management digital systems are now available for capturing, storing and analysis of images and patient information.

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