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Former deputy CNO becomes chair of ‘leg club’ foundation

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The Lindsay Leg Club Foundation has today announced that it has appointed Dr David Foster as the organisation’s next chair.

Dr Foster, a nationally influential nurse and midwife, succeeds Roland Renyi as chair and will be supported by Mark Glasscock, who has been appointed as vice chair.

“I have seen how effective the social model of care the foundation promotes”

David Foster

Dr Foster has been associated with the foundation for a number of years, taking a particular interest in its work when he was deputy chief nursing officer at the Department of Health.

He became a trustee two years ago after being impressed by the model of care and enthusiasm of staff during a visit to Mottingham Leg Club.

Mark Glasscock is a former Banker and now a management consultant with IBM and joined the LLCF as a trustee in 2016.

Leg clubs are based on an award-winning model founded by former district nurse Ellie Lindsay OBE.

They collectively treat people with lower limb conditions in a non-medical setting and on a drop-in basis.

David Foster, Deputy Director of Nursing at the Department of Health

David Foster, Deputy Director of Nursing at the Department of Health

David Foster

Evidence suggests the style of treatment offered by the clubs leads to improved healing rates by encouraging members to become more involved in their care and reduces social isolation.

The foundation promotes the national development of leg clubs and provides support and training for nurses to establish them based on its guidelines.

The clubs are run as a local partnership between community nurses, patients and members of the public, via a committee.

Dr Foster said: “I am delighted to be elected chair of the Lindsay Leg Club Foundation.

“My association with the foundation takes me back to my early days of nursing when I first saw the debilitation leg ulcers can cause,” he said.

“Now I have seen how effective the social model of care the foundation promotes can be on improving healing rates and diminishing the impact of social isolation. And it’s all because of the excellent care and the lively atmosphere of the leg clubs,” he added.

Ms Lindsay, lifetime president of the foundation, said: “We are delighted to have Dr David Foster as our chair and Mark Glasscock as our vice chair. Their combined knowledge and experience will be hugely supportive and beneficial to the Foundation.”

In addition, the foundation has created a new clinical development nurse post to help meet growing demand for leg clubs in the South and South West of England.

“She will be a fantastic asset to the foundation”

Ellie Lindsay

Clare Mechen, an advanced nurse practitioner and nurse manager at the Adam Practice in Poole, Dorset, has been recruited to the role, it announced today.

The clinical development post will involve working with commissioning groups, surgeries and clinical colleagues who could implement growth of the leg club model. It will also involve supporting existing clubs and those in development, by communicating best practice for the model to all stakeholders.

Ms Mechen, who established the Best Foot Forward Leg Club at her practice in 2015, said: “I am delighted to take on this role supporting the development of leg clubs across the South West.

Lindsay Leg Foundation

Former deputy CNO becomes chair of ‘leg club’ foundation

Clare Mechen

“Having seen first-hand what a difference the Best Foot Forward Club has made, not just to our members’ leg ulcer healing rates, but also their self-esteem and outlook, I am eager to get started,” she said.

Ms Lindsay added: “Clare’s experience of setting up a leg club combined with her understanding of local health policy drivers and genuine enthusiasm for the model of care means she will be a fantastic asset to the foundation.”

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