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Centre for Health Innovation, Leadership and Learning (CHILL)

Improving Best Practice in Wound Care

The Wound Healing Project is a two year knowledge transfer project (KTP) between the University of Nottingham (Nottingham University Business School and School of Health Sciences) and Smith & Nephew PLC (UK). The KTP project was funded by Innovate UK (formerly the Technology Strategy Board) and Smith & Nephew PLC.

Project aims

The aim is to develop a better understanding of how new knowledge and best practice in wound care is disseminated and embedded in multi-organisational networks within the NHS.

This requires an accurate assessment of the prevalence of wounds in the community, the complex local multi-organisational networks that provide wound care services, and those factors which affect the diffusion of new knowledge amongst nurses. The findings will contribute to the overall picture of knowledge exchange and interactions between the main stakeholders in wound care.

Project highlights

The KTP project was carried out in two Clinical Commisioning Groups in Nottinghamshire. Wound Healing Project utilises a mixed-method approach. The quantitative element involved a prevalence study of wounds treated in the community including patients’ homes, care homes and Nottingham prison. The prevalence study was undertaken within a one week period in the community setting. All patients on the community nursing caseload were physically assessed for the presence of wounds.The qualitative element involved thirteen in-depth interviews with commissioners, healthcare providers and professionals.

Project team

PI: Dr. Paul Windrum and Christine Moffatt

Smith & Nephew: Dr Paul Trueman

CHILL team: Martina Sykorova

Funder: Innovate UK and Smith & Nephew PLC   

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