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PPP Wound Care Conference 2023: setting wound care as a national priority

On October 19th, PPP’s first major conference focusing on wound care was held. Attendees from across the public and private health and care sector mixed with wound care specialists for a day of debate and networking, gaining insight into how wound care standards can be improved across the UK.
PPP Wound Care Conference 2023

Commenting on the conference Jane Parker, Tissue Viability Specialist Nurse at West Norfolk Coastal & Kings Lynn PCN said “Great conference with a difference. Lots of food for thought. Created topics of discussion with my fellow attendees…We look forward to next steps. Also lovely to catch up with familiar faces”.

Joanne James, Director, Clinical Evidence and Strategy at Matoke Holdings Ltd agreed,  “Great to have been a part of this today. Bringing wound care to the forefront of policy. Good to see a few old faces and meet some new.”

Panellist at the conference, Naseer Ahmad, Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Manchester University Foundation Trust, Clinical Director Manchester Amputation Reduction Strategy (MARS) and Greater Manchester Aneurysm Screening Programme said: ‘..such an informative event that is truly different to others that I have been to’.

A delegate said of the day: “the most strategic and bold wound care event I’ve ever been to” and “One of the best events I’ve been to in a while. The programme made attendees believe that change can actually happen and put wound care up on the agenda”.

Reporting live from the event, the Journal of Wound Care said, “The panel discussions so far have been broad-ranging, from a dermatologist to a patient representative to MedTech”.

PPP’s ‘Going Further For Wound Healing’ Programme for 2023 examined the impact of chronic wounds on patients, professionals and systems in the health and social care services.  Through a series of roundtable discussions throughout the year, culminating in the recent live conference, the Programme explored the unmet needs in wound care, with the aim of breaking down silos between the frontline and leadership, and helping to transform the delivery of wound care.

Attendee Peter Elton, Clinical Director, Greater Manchester and East Cheshire Strategic Clinical Network gave this feedback on the roundtables: “It was very helpful for me to see what was going on around the country because unfortunately the networks don’t have a lot of contact with each other”.

Sponsor Mike Steele, Smith+Nephew, Senior Marketing Manager, Advanced Wound Devices UK, Ireland and Nordics had this to say about the 2023 programme: “It’s brought different stakeholders from different roles and organisation together for a shared purpose of improving wound care in the UK’

Going further for wound healing: new PPP report

The conference included the launch of PPP’s flagship wound care report, Going further for wound healing: Assessing unmet needs and proposing transformational reform of UK wound management.  



Speaking about the report, Una Adderley, Director – National Wound Care Strategy Programme said “To date, improving wound care has not seen the policy attention it urgently needs.  This PPP policy report is very welcome in raising the profile of wound care and drawing attention to this neglected area of care.”

Speaker from the roundtable series Lord Hunt of Kings Heath, OBE, Former President, Royal Society of Public Health “This excellent report by PPP highlights huge inequalities throughout the country in the quality and range of wound care. It points the way to transforming wound care delivery to save the NHS time, money and improve patient outcomes. Given the huge number of NHS patients who need wound care every year, it is essential that Government and the NHS take note and act on the report’s recommendations’.

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