Update – CQUIN 2020/21 News

Leg ulceration and pressure ulcer risk assessment are included in the 2020/21 CCG CQUIN scheme.

  •  The leg ulcer CQUIN is for all providers of community nursing services and addresses assessment, diagnosis and treatment of leg ulcers.
  •  The pressure ulcer CQUIN is for all providers of community in-patient services (including nursing    care homes) and addresses assessment and documentation of pressure ulcer risk.

More information can be found at  CQUIN Guidance and CQUIN Indicator Specifications.  The Lower Limb Assessment Essential Criteria are enclosed here

Additional support for those directly involved in CQUIN implementation will be available via the NWCSP Workspace on the FuturesNHS Collaboration Platform



The NWCSP Progress Report for 2018/19 can be found here.


Interested in getting involved?  Sign up to the Stakeholder Forums here*.

*Since this is a strategy for England only, we regret that we can only accept applications from people delivering or receiving care in England

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NHS England and NHS Improvement have commissioned the AHSN Network to develop and deliver a National Wound Care Strategy Programme for England (NWCSP).

The purpose of the NWCSP is to scope the development of a wound care national strategy for England that focuses on improving care relating to:


The NWCSP aims to improve the quality of wound care provision across England by reducing unwarranted variation, improving safety and optimising patient experience and outcomes.  It will achieve this through developing national evidence-based recommendations about:

  • Clinical care and service provision;
  • Use of existing data and data sources and the development of metrics to drive improvements in
    wound care outcomes;
  • Commissioning of services and supply and distribution of wound care dressings and interventions;
  • Workforce issues and the educational needs of all those involved in care delivery including
    patients, carers and non-clinical staff; and
  • Identifying gaps where evidence synthesis and further primary research are needed.


The strategy will be designed by working with key partners to:

  • Establish the underlying clinical and economic case for change,
  • Identify the desirable improvements in patient care, and
  • Describe the necessary changes and interventions required to deliver these improvements.


The National Wound Care Strategy Programme is underpinned by some key principles:

  • 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.
  • Success will depend on recognising and addressing the interdependencies between the different professional groups and services involved in wound care.


The National Wound Care Strategy Programme represents a long-term commitment to improving patient care. Care that is well-organised and evidence-informed can achieve better healing rates, better patient experience and better use of NHS resources.

Interested in getting involved?  Sign up to the Stakeholder Forums here*.

(*Since this is a strategy for England only, we regret that we can only accept applications from people delivering or receiving care in England)

Or contact us at: [email protected]


Dr Una Adderley, Director of the Wound Care Strategy Programme
Email: [email protected]

Learn more about the programme