As the launch of the new Wound Care Formulary approaches and preparations for the launch event are very much underway, Kelly Moore and Michaela Delahunty have put together some small snapshots of the formulary process and what they will be presenting on Wednesday 30 June.
Local scoping at Target sessions in 2019 confirmed that there was a need to reduce unwarranted variation in Doncaster due to significant variations in the current levels of knowledge in the staff caring for patients with wounds. Guest et al in 2015 estimated that the annual cost of managing wounds in the NHS and associated comorbidities is £5.3 billion. This is comparable to the £5 billion spent on managing obesity in the NHS (NHS England 2016). In the UK most wounds are managed largely in the community by nurses (Guest JF et al 2015, Srinivasaiah et al 2013).
A wound care formulary is a clinical and financial necessity. The wound care formulary has been developed by a multidisciplinary team to include a range of clinical and cost-effective products, to serve the patients wound requirements in primary and secondary care.
The formulary is balanced with the need for education to underpin the use of the formulary and the wound products included, to ensure that appropriate care is provided. The work of the National Wound Care Strategy Programme identified significant variations in wound care approaches.
There are 37 individual pathways with accompanying appendices that aim to enhance the quality of care and guide you through the evidence based decision-making, translating clinical practice recommendations into clinical processes.
The pathways have been developed to be used across Doncaster for healthcare professionals caring for patients with wounds within all environments ‘‘For the healthcare professional to use by the patient’s bedside, whether that is in hospital, at home or in a clinic’’.
Majority of pathways can be used across all tiers, with primary (RDaSH and PCD) and secondary care (DBTH) versions being available. In addition there are several pathways that are to be used in Tier 3 or 4 settings only.
There is a product and dressing list that related to all the pathways providing you with prescribing or ordering guidance, using a traffic light system.
This is just a small snapshot of the discussions at the Launch event taking place on Wednesday 30 June. If you haven’t already, please book your place below. If you are unable to attend the full day we are welcoming drop-ins as this forms part of your training with the NMC code but as a wound care Nurse in Doncaster.
Kelly Moore – Acting Lead Nurse for Skin Integrity Team at Doncaster & Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Michaela Delahunty – Clinical Lead for Tissue Viability and Lymphoedema Service (TVALS) at Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation