The NHS in England is experiencing far-reaching change with the aim of developing a truly integrated system of care. That involves new incentives to avoid unnecessary hospital care and emphasise prevention. Care outside hospital is facing change through multiple initiatives that are highly varied in practice across the country; Primary Care Networks, Virtual Wards and Integrated Neighbourhood Teams. The last of these is a particularly important development for out of hospital care.
Wound care is central to all of the above and those involved in this specialism need to understand the change and how best to maximise the opportunities.