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Update - Major changes achieved by Lymphoedema

VOL: 102, ISSUE: 16, PAGE NO: 37

In response to the Lymphoedema Framework Project (LFP), which began in February 2002, 17 PCTs are now currently introducing integrated, specialist-led lymphoedema services.

In response to the Lymphoedema Framework Project (LFP), which began in February 2002, 17 PCTs are now currently introducing integrated, specialist-led lymphoedema services.

A number of initiatives have been developed as part of the project. These include educational courses that have been designed to prepare community nurses for their role in the LFP and the publication of a number of documents, including a European Wound Management Association (EWMA) focus document on lymphoedema bandaging, which was launched in May 2005.

A 'Template for Practice' on compression hosiery is due to be launched this May, and two more template documents are planned. The subject matter of these will cover manual lymphatic drainage and living well with lymphoedema.

A major achievement of the LFP and the wound care and compression industry has been the inclusion of lymphoedema on the Drug Tariff as a separate classification.

To support this important policy change, the LFP is currently in the early stages of developing guidelines on the correct prescribing of compression garments.

More information about the project is available from Dr Phil Morgan: phil.morgan@tvu.ac.uk.

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