The Lindsay Leg Club Foundation has begun work on producing a “best practice compendium” on lower limb care, after being awarded a grant by the Department of Health.
The grant has enabled the foundation to undertake a project to identify and assess best practice in lower limb care among its nurses and volunteers.
“Despite the number of people affected by leg ulcers, it is an area of healthcare that is often overlooked”
Based on the research, the foundation will produce an evidence-based compendium intended to improve leg care practice and outcomes nationally, and share knowledge both in its leg club network and among the wound care community.
A spokeswoman for the foundation said the guide would be published on 31 March, and its impact would then be assessed among leg clubs for the remainder of the year.
“We will be reporting on this throughout the year and there may be revisions produced in the future as best practice is a continuing rather than a static issue,” said the spokeswoman.
She added that the guide would be distributed to all leg club volunteers and nurses, including digital versions.
“The initial run of documents produced in March 2015 will be free,” she said. “We are yet to decide on how we will distribute and whether we will charge for later revisions or reprints.”
The grant award was announced by health minister Lord Howe at the organisation’s annual leg club conference in September.
Foundation president Ellie Lindsay said: “Despite the number of people affected by leg ulcers, it is an area of healthcare that is often overlooked.
“Our compendium will help improve health outcomes for those with lower limb conditions not just physically, but with a holistic approach that is currently too often omitted from patient care,” she said.
The compendium will be written by Deborah Glover, editor of the Primary Care Nursing Review and former Lindsay Leg Club Foundation Trustee, and tissue viability consultant Sylvie Hampton.
The Lindsay Leg Club Foundation promotes the national development of leg clubs and provides support and training for nurses to establish them.
The clubs are an innovative model of care that has been shown to improve the health and wellbeing of people with chronic leg conditions.
Each one is run by a committee of community nurses, patients and local people, and operates according to strict guidelines of care from the foundation.