A nurse from Essex has been awarded a scholarship to attend an international conference due to her work treating chronic leg ulcers in the community.
Natalie Freeman, a tissue viability nurse who works for the North East London NHS Foundation Trust, has won the scholarship from the Lindsay Leg Club Foundation.
“It will also offer the opportunity to meet new people in the same field and obtain a new insight”
As a result, she and another nurse, will now attend the 2016 World Union of Wound Healing Societies conference this September in Florence. It is the largest international meeting on advanced research into and the treatment of wounds.
Ms Freeman won the scholarship for her work to improve the management of lower limb conditions by bridging the gap between social and healthcare providers through the Brentwood Leg Club.
Meanwhile, Clare Mechen from the Adams Practice in Poole was selected as the runner up for establishing the Best Foot Forward Leg Club as a form of primary care led social prescribing for patients.
The scholarship was open to UK nurses involved with wound care on a daily basis in order to “acknowledge and showcase” the work of those who make improvements that benefit their patients and achieve “positive tangible outcomes in wound healing”.
Entries for the scholarship award were assessed by an independent expert international judging panel.
Tissue Viability nurse wins ‘leg club’ scholarship
Ms Freeman said: “I believe the opportunity to attend the WUWHS 2016 will help me to continue to improve the current service provision provided at the leg club by being exposed to new developments in practice and consolidating my current skills.
“It will also offer the opportunity to meet new people in the same field and obtain a new insight to how other services are provided,” she added.
The Lindsay Leg Club Foundation supports a network of local “leg clubs”, an innovative model of care that has been shown to improve the health and wellbeing of patients with chronic leg conditions.
Leg clubs are run as a local partnership between community nurses, patients and the public, with each one operating according to strict guidelines of care monitored by the foundation.