Clare Mechen, an advanced nurse practitioner and nurse manager from Dorset, has won a scholarship from the Lindsay Leg Club Foundation for her work on the community management of pressure ulcers.
She has been given the LCIP European Wound Management Association scholarship award for 2016 for her work at the Best Foot Forward Leg Club in Poole.
As a result, she will attend the association’s conference this May in Bremen, Germany.
The annual LCIP scholarship celebrates excellence and showcases the aptitudes of leg club teams across the UK.
Ms Mechen’s award entry for Poole Leg Club stood out in particular from the other entries, according to the independent expert judging panel from the field of wound care.
They said it demonstrated a clearly motivated team who had gone “from daunting starts to transforming lives in very short order”.
Their vision to be involved in research was also commended for proving the “extra” value of the leg club in reducing low mood among ulcer patients.
Ms Mechen’s leg club, which is based at the Adam Practice in Poole, only opened in June 2015 and was in Dorset.
South coast nurse wins award for leg ulcer work
Ellie Lindsay, lifetime president of the foundation, said: “The Poole Leg Club is an outstanding example of a GP practice team taking the model into the heart of the community they serve.”
The foundation promotes the national development of leg clubs and supports nurses to set them up with training and guidelines.
The clubs is a care model based on a local partnership between community nurses, patients and local people. Run by a committee, each club operates according to strict guidelines of care, monitored by the foundation.