This followed extensive discussions and a proposal to members, who voted overwhelmingly in favour of dissolving the societies to form a new charity.
The committee members of the former Wound Care Society and Tissue Viability Nurses Association have agreed to form an interim board of trustees for Wound Care Alliance UK. As the new charity evolves, this board may change.
The objectives of the new alliance are to promote multidisciplinary best practice in the prevention, treatment and management of wounds through the provision of:
A members’ network;
Production of evidence-based guidelines;
A communication forum.
The Wound Care Alliance hopes to nurture healthcare professionals working at a basic level and provide professional support and development for both specialist and non-specialist practitioners.
It also aims to provide a professional voice on national and international tissue viability issues. This will include working with the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel to develop pressure ulcer grading scales, responding to consultation documents from the Department of Health and working with NHS supply chains.
The final objective is to provide user-friendly tissue viability information and resources for the public.
The Wound Care Alliance hopes to work in close collaboration with other societies involved in wound management whenever the possibility arises.