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Former nurse to lead leg ulcer charity

The Lindsay Leg Club Foundation has appointed a former nurse, Julie Carr, as its new chief executive.

The foundation promotes Leg Clubs, which are based on an award-winning model developed by former district nurse Ellie Lindsay.

Patients are treated in a non-clinical social setting and on a drop-in basis – the theory being that it leads to improved healing rates by encouraging members to become more involved in their care.

The organisation also provides support and training for nurses to establish Leg Clubs, as well as ongoing training in new developments in leg care.

Julie Carr

Julie Carr

The foundation said Ms Carr said “vast experience” of working with and training tissue viability nurses, leg ulcer specialists and community and hospital nurses.

In 2012 she established a course on managing chronic oedema, in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire.

For the last nine years she was employed at Activa Healthcare.

Ms Carr said: “I really hope to drive the concept of Leg Clubs, encouraging health care providers everywhere to see their benefits in terms of managing the treatment of leg ulcers and associated conditions in such a way that improves patient experience and is more cost effective.”

In 2013 the foundation opened its 23rd Leg Club in Brentwood, Essex, while the Barnstaple Leg Club in Devon became the first to be commissioned by a clinical commissioning group.

 

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