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National recognition for project to improve healing times

Tuesday, 25 February, 2020
National recognition for project to improve healing times

A project to improve healing times for patients in Northumberland and North Tyneside has been shortlisted for a national award.

The project, which saw district nurses and specialist tissue viability nurses from Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust working with Urgo Medical, has been shortlisted for a Health Service Journal Partnership Award in the Most Effective Contribution to Clinical Redesign category.


The aim of the project was to test a new care pathway for treating leg ulcers, to increase wound healing and improve quality of life for the patient.


Jeanette Milne, community chief matron at Northumbria Healthcare said: “Reducing healing times can make a huge contribution to improving patients’ quality of life so we are delighted with the success of this pilot project which saw a significant reduction in healing times.


“The new pathway was developed by our tissue viability team and piloted by our community nursing team in Bellingham and we are now looking to roll it out to other nursing teams across Northumberland and North Tyneside.”


The HSJ Partnership Awards celebrate effective partnerships between the NHS and private and third sector organisations.


Lorraine Grothier, Head of Medical Affairs, Urgo Medical said: “Urgo Medical believe in partnering with the NHS to deliver change and improve outcomes and have a history of investing in research and development to deliver innovation.


“We welcomed the opportunity to partner with a pioneering organisation to embrace and implement NICE guidance for the use of UrgoStart Range within advanced wound care.


“This is an affirmation of the unique forward-thinking culture of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, which will support achievement of the NHS long term plan to improve patient outcomes.”


The winners will be announced on 27 February at an awards ceremony in London.

Note to editors:

Pictured is Chief Matron for community, Jeanette Milne

Media Contact: 

Jaclyn Curry – Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

0191 203 1654 / 07833 046680