The Surgical Wounds workstream has developed recommendations and information to improve the care of people with open surgical wounds where wounds have either intentionally been left open to heal by secondary intention or have dehisced (re-opened).

The workstream is responsible for:

  • Drafting evidence-informed recommendations to reduce unwarranted variation, improve safety and optimise patient experience and outcomes.
  • Identifying evidence gaps where further research is needed.
  • Identifying areas of unmet need to inform innovation.
  • Scoping the evidence base to identify current relevant evidence.



  • A set of Surgical Wounds Recommendations (including flowchart).
  • The NWCSP Education workstream commissioned Skills for Health to lead the development of a draft multi-professional National Wound Care Core Capabilities Framework for England. This framework aims to be a single, consistent and comprehensive framework, developed by and for a multi-professional audience and contains the core capabilities which identify and describe the knowledge and skills required by health and care practitioners to deliver high-quality, personalised wound care.


The surgical wounds clinical workstream is working closely with the Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) programme.

The list of Surgical Wounds workstream members is available here.

Resources to support care surgical wounds for clinicians, patients and carers are available here.

If you would like to be involved in the consultations on the work of this workstream, please sign up to a Stakeholder Forum here


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