A community based survey of complex wounds and their care: cross sectional study of a Greater Manchester population in the UK

What are we trying to do?

This project aims to explore the number of people with complex wounds being cared for by NHS community-based services, the types of wounds being seen and the nature of the treatments being delivered in Greater Manchester.


Why is it important?

Complex wounds, which are mainly managed in the community by nurses (for example, tissue viability nurses or district nurses) and podiatrists are highly prevalent, but there’s no robust national data regarding the epidemiology, impact, management and cost of complex wounds. Working with local stakeholders, we have also identified that there is presently no local data available in relation to (1) the number of people with complex wounds being cared for by relevant NHS community services and (2) the nature of the complex wounds and their care.


This project will help to address this important knowledge gap. Together with information gathered through the other activities that form part of our wound care programme, the findings of this project will help to support better planning of wound care services across Greater Manchester, and the development of future research and implementation activities.


How will we do it?

Drawing on previous experience of undertaking a complex wounds study in Leeds, an audit will be undertaken, in collaboration with our participating community NHS provider organisations, collecting information about patients with complex wounds receiving care from NHS community-based services over a two week period. The scale of this audit will be unprecedented, covering the community services of four NHS trusts delivered in seven clinical commissioning group areas across Greater Manchester. Within each NHS trust, a wide array of community services will be involved in the collection of audit data from district nursing and tissue viability, through to children’s community nursing and intermediate care services.


Who we are working with?

Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust.


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More information

For more information please contact Alison Littlewood (Programme Manager) or Professor Dame Nicky Cullum (Academic Lead).

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