23 January 2018
Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare has won an Outstanding Practice in Wound Care Award for its use of the Wound Care Buddy app.
The Journal of Community Nursing award recognises the NHS trust’s success in using the app to help district nurses treat patients’ wounds in their own homes.
Judges said: “We received a huge number of entries that demonstrated excellent wound care in the community around the UK. We asked for evidence of making a real difference in wound care and are pleased to announce the winner did just that.”
The app was introduced in response to NHS England’s 2017-19 policy for improving wound assessments.
It gives frontline teams immediate access to specialist information. Before the app was introduced, district nurses had to call a specialist tissue viability nurse and leave a telephone message. Sometimes they were called back after they had left the patient’s house.
Patients’ wound care has improved due to instant access to the right information at the right time via an iPhone.
Frontline teams are following best practice and education because the app is easy to use and navigate, as well as being written in clear language that most people can understand.
Standardised patient care plans are now held in one location on the app, which helps community nurses deliver consistent wound care.
The app’s tailored content and information is based on current evidence. District nurses also benefit from easy and quick access to various treatments for patients, which is the best way to improve their care.
Stephen Hall, director of clinical services for Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “Our tissue viability team strongly believes in digital healthcare and our district nurses have welcomed the app with open arms. Naturally, we’re absolutely delighted to have this recognition for our innovation and excellent care.”