The diabetic foot and wound management: Healing ulcers and preventing amputations!

The Podiatry Department at South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust needs your help!

As per NICE Guidelines, all open wounds must be referred to the Foot Protection Team within 24 hours. On average across Warwickshire, ulcers are 58 days old at point of referral to the Podiatry Department.

You are invited to attend their free training sessions to improve outcomes for people with diabetes.

Did you know?

  • 80% of diabetic foot ulcers are preventable
  • 80% of diabetic related amputations are preceded by a foot ulcer
  • There are 169 amputations per week in the UK
  • There is a 50% mortality rate within 5 years of having a diabetic foot ulcer
  • Diabetic foot ulcers cost the NHS £1 billion per year, not including additional social costs, estimated at £13.9 billion per year
  • Only 17% of people in the UK think diabetes is serious

A study day on ‘Assessment and Management of The Diabetic Foot’ is being held on Tuesday 7th May from 9.15am – 4pm at The Leamington Cricket Club, Arlington Avenue, Leamington Spa, CV32 5UG and on Tuesday 19th June from 9.15am – 4pm at the CHESS Centre, Ramsden Avenue, Nuneaton, CV10 9DN.

The day will help you understand and be familiar with the current NICE standards and guidelines relating to the diabetic foot; the SWFT Podiatry Department Referral Pathway (for the whole of Warwickshire); demonstrate competencies in assessment of the diabetic foot (practical session) and more.

Later in the year, a ‘Vascular Update and Wound Management Day’ is being held on Tuesday 17th September from 9.15am – 4pm at The Leamington Cricket Club, Arlington Avenue, Leamington Spa, CV32 5UG and on Tuesday 6th November from 9.15am – 4pm at the CHESS Centre, Ramsden Avenue, Nuneaton, CV10 9DN.

Did you know?

  • The 5 year mortality rate for ischaemic diabetic foot ulcers is 66%
  • The 5 year mortality rate for Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is 84%, which is higher than most cancers
  • 20% of patients with intermittent claudication will go on to develop Critical Limb Ischaemia (CLI), which can lead to amputation

The day will give you an understanding of the current NICE standards and guidelines relating to PAD, normal wound healing information, abnormal wound healing differences in relation to diabetes and PAD/CLI and more.

For more information on the study days and to book a place email podiatry.admin@swft.nhs.uk.


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