Rosemary is the Tissue Viability and Continence lead for NHS Western Isles (Clinical Nurse Specialist Tissue Viability/Continence Advisor) and has been in the role for 13 years.
A lone practitioner for two very busy and demanding services, working across primary and secondary care in a remote and challenging geographical area. Keen interest in education, service improvement and staff wellbeing.
Presentation at The Society of Tissue Viability 2022 Conference
Dressings supply centralisation for wound care
After attending this session, persons will be able to:
- Share experience of implentation of centralisation of dressings supply for wound care, the preliminary outcomes and the challenges of the project implementation
- Understand Challenges of Remote and Rural practice in service delivery
Over a year, approximately 2.2 million adults in the UK will have a wound. The resources required to manage these wounds cost the NHS £941.1 million in 2012/20131. Provision of wound care dressings was previously through prescription contributing to high workload pressures. Once supplied to the patient, unused dressings cannot be returned resulting in disposal of stock creating significant waste.
The aim of the project was to improve accessibility to dressings through centralisation of supply, improve formulary adherence supporting evidence-based cost-effective wound management, minimise waste and improve continuity of care across primary and secondary care through agreement of a single dressing’s formulary.
To deliver the project a MDT consisting of Nursing, Primary Care Pharmacy and Procurement team was formed. The following actions were taken:
- Agreed a wound formulary with MDT input
- Consultation/Engagement of key stakeholders
- Training provided to nursing teams on wound care and associated dressings
- Identified locations to be stocked with formulary dressings, set up supply channels and stock distribution
- Communicated launch of project to wider teams
- Reviewed patients with dressings prescribed to advise of change in supply
- Community nursing review of wounds where no current input
Successful implementation of the project has resulted in:
- More efficient access to wound care for nursing teams and patients, reducing treatment delays
- Nursing time efficiencies
- Significant reduction in prescribing workload
- Improved formulary adherence
- Improved continuity of wound management across primary and secondary care interface through agreement of a single formulary
Waste reduction and significant cost savings.