What are we doing?
ILUMIN aims to support NHS community services in Greater Manchester and East Lancashire to make improvements in leg ulcer management, with a focus on three quality markers:
- ensuring appropriate (and timely) doppler assessment;
- the use of suitable compression therapy;
- the use of compression hosiery (where appropriate).
Why is it important?
In 2015/16 we undertook a community-based survey of complex wounds and their care across our partner NHS organisations. The survey revealed a number of examples of good, evidence-based practice in community wound care, but also identified several opportunities to further optimise care for patients with complex wounds, in particular for those with leg ulcers - which the survey found to be the most common type of complex wound being treated in the community.
How will we do it?
In collaboration with community service leads within our partner NHS Trusts, we will co-design the ILUMIN project to operate optimally for each individual organisation. Data will be collected on the three quality markers to monitor improvements, and community nursing teams (including District Nurses, Tissue Viability, Treatment Rooms and Podiatry) will be supported by the ILUMIN team using an audit and feedback approach. Data will be discussed on a regular basis (e.g. as part of safety huddles), to assist teams in understanding their performance in relation to these quality markers, and provide opportunity to understand areas for improvement and identify potential changes that could be made (at an individual, team, service or directorate level). We will also evaluate the improvement work using interviews, observations, audit results and documentation analysis.
Who are we working with?