Research And Development Of Wound Care Products And Equipment
A core business activity of the Wound Healing Centre (WHC) is participation in different types of R&D, such as case studies, clinical evaluations and randomised controlled trials. We collaborate with a number of different groups with respect to R&D, including manufacturers of wound products, PCT’s and Universities. Such collaboration enables our staff to work with new products as soon as they enter the market (in many instances we have been involved in pre-market product development and evaluation). At the WHC patients are offered the opportunity to participate in Case Studies, Clinical Evaluations and Randomised Controlled Trials (RCT’s), for which we receive payment. This enables us to treat patients free of charge who would not otherwise be able to access the services of the WHC.
The WHC enjoys a national and international reputation for excellence in their R&D activity. A large percentage of R&D undertaken by the WHC is disseminated in Peer Reviewed Journals, both nationally and internationally. The R&D undertaken at the WHC informs our clinical practice. As a result, both Directors are frequently asked to lecture at Universities and Conferences both at home and abroad. Such is our reputation for excellence in wound healing that the WHC is currently in discussions with several Universities with regard to developing accredited educational courses.
The recent Government White Paper entitled ‘Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS’, published on 12th July 2010, placed an increased emphasis on research, analysis and evaluation (Paragraph 1.5 and 3.16). The R&D activity at the WHC is supported by the contents of the White Paper.
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