What is the problem we’re addressing?

Evidence points to marked unwarranted variation in UK wound care services, underuse of evidence-based practices and overuse of ineffective practices. The National Wound Care Strategy Programme (NWCSP) has been commissioned by NHS England and NHS Improvement to improve the prevention and care of Pressure Ulcers, Lower Limb Ulcers and Surgical Wounds.

What are the outcomes we are trying to achieve?

The programme aims to implement a consistently high standard of wound care across England by reducing unnecessary variation, improving safety and healing rates and thus reduce patient suffering, expenditure on inappropriate and ineffective treatments and the amount of clinical time spent on wound care.

The NWCSP is underpinned by the principles that:

  • Wound care should not be viewed as a separate clinical issue but be integrated into care of
    underlying co-morbidities that cause or contribute to wounding and delayed/ non-healing.
  • The National Wound Care Strategy Programme is a long-term commitment to improving
    wound care.
  • Success will depend on recognising and addressing the interdependencies between the
    different professional groups and services involved in wound care.
  • The key priority is to improve patient care.


How will we do this?

The vision is to develop recommendations that support excellence in assessing and treating people with wounds to optimise healing and minimise the burden of wounds for patients, carers and health and care providers.

The NWCSP have developed a lower limb business case and is working with hospitals, community hospitals, community nursing, general practice, care homes and home care providers in the First Tranche Implementation sites to identify the most effective ways to implement the lower limb recommendations. This will help understand the challenges and develop solutions for improving wound care.


If you would like to know more about the work of the National Wound Care Strategy Programme, visit: www.nationalwoundcarestrategy.net