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Any advice for setting up a nursing home specialising in complex tissue viability needs?

What advice can you give to someone who wishes to set up a nursing home specialising in complex tissue viability needs?

Nurses in nursing homes are able to manage the care of people who have complex wounds if they have the relevant training and experience, but they would also need the support of the local tissue viability service to do this effectively. Residents with complex wounds are usually referred to the Tissue Viability Service (TVN) via their GP. The TVN will then consult over the phone and visit in person as needed to support and lead the treatment plan. The TVN will also recommend suitable dressings for the wound care as well as other equipment including specialist beds, mattresses, and seating.

If you are considering setting up a nursing home that specialises in complex tissue viability needs, then it would be sensible to consider the possibility of partnering with or employing your own qualified Tissue Viability Nurses.

Lindsay Rees

Lindsay joined QCS in May 2022 as the Head of Social Care Content following 17 years working as senior leader in Adult Social Care. She is a qualified adult nurse and has previously held operational leadership roles including, registered manager, regional support manager, regional clinical quality manager, head of quality and director of health.


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