7 December 2018

Smith & Nephew hails Wound Care Sector Deal

Smith & Nephew, the global medical technology company, welcomes the announcement by the UK Government of the Wound Care Sector Deal within the Life Sciences Industrial Strategy.

The Wound Care Sector Deal is an agreement for the NHS and industry to work together to harness digital Clinical Decision Support (CDS) tools to reduce variation in treatment of wounds. This is expected to deliver significant improvements in outcomes by healing more wounds more quickly and reducing dressing costs and nurse time.

Smith & Nephew, and its partner digital health provider Inhealthcare, are piloting a multi-platform digital application designed to reduce variation in practice by community nurses by enabling consistent wound assessment and treatment recommendations in real-time.

Lord O'Shaughnessy, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health, said:

“I applaud this commitment from industry to provide the NHS with the digital tools that can revolutionise the way wounds are assessed and treated. Such partnerships, based on the rigorous application of evidence and technology, have the potential to improve patient care in the UK and showcase our world-class wound care companies like Smith & Nephew across the world.”

The NHS treats more than two million wounds each year, costing around £5 billion1, comparable to the costs of treating diabetes or obesity. Healing wounds is resource intensive, requiring nearly 30 million nurse visits per annum1

Simon Tarry, Managing Director, Smith & Nephew UK, Ireland and Nordics, said:

“It is broadly accepted that reducing variation in practice is key to improving outcomes. This means consistently getting the most appropriate treatment and technology, to the right person, at the right time, in the right place. We are proud to have been instrumental in bringing key stakeholders across the NHS, government and industry together to meet this challenge.”

Over the next three years Smith & Nephew has committed to investing £10 million into UK-based wound care research, including validating ‘proof of concept’ in pilot clusters in support of this initiative. The application can be used alongside other digital technologies such as MolecuLight i:XTM Imaging Device, distributed by Smith & Nephew. This easy to use, handheld imaging device instantly measures wound surface area and visualises the presence and distribution of potentially harmful levels of fluorescent bacteria in wounds.2,3


Charles Reynolds / Fran Rommel
Smith & Nephew

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Ben Atwell / Andrew Ward
FTI Consulting

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About Smith & Nephew

Smith & Nephew is a global medical technology business dedicated to helping healthcare professionals improve people's lives. With leadership positions in Orthopaedic Reconstruction, Advanced Wound Management, Sports Medicine and Trauma & Extremities, Smith & Nephew has around 15,000 employees and a presence in more than 100 countries. Annual sales in 2017 were almost $4.8 billion. Smith & Nephew is a member of the FTSE100 (LSE:SN, NYSE:SNN).

For more information about Smith & Nephew, please visit our website www.smith-nephew.com, follow @SmithNephewplc on Twitter or visit SmithNephewplc on Facebook.com.

To learn more about what we do to help reduce the human and economic cost of wounds, please visit www.closertozero.com

About Inhealthcare

Inhealthcare is a UK leader in digital health and remote patient monitoring.  It has developed the Inhealthcare digital toolkit to help clinical teams build their own digital health services for any area of care at scale, speed and low cost. Inhealthcare has worked with clinicians to build a library of more than 50 services to support long-term conditions including heart disease, lung disease, hypertension, diabetes, undernutrition and smoking cessation.  Inhealthcare is highly secure, scoring 100 per cent on the Department of Health Information Governance Toolkit Level 3 and is ISO27001 and ISO9001 accredited. Inhealthcare has rolled out digital health services in Northern Ireland, Scotland, the North East, the North West, the Midlands, East Anglia and the Home Counties. Inhealthcare offers communications channels that are inclusive for all patients, regardless of ability, including SMS, app, online, voice and Amazon Alexa. For more information https://www.inhealthcare.co.uk/

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  1. Julian F Guest J.F. et. al. Health economic burden that wounds impose on the National Health Service, UKBMJ Open, Vol.5, issue 12. https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/5/12/e009283
  2. The Use of the MolecuLight i:X in Managing Burns: A Pilot Study Emily Blumenthal, RN, MSc, BSN, BA,*† Steven L. A. Jeffery, BSc, MBChB, FRCS (Ed, Eng, Glasg), EBOPRAS, FRCS (Plast), FHEA‡
  3. Point-of-Care Autofluorescence Imaging for Real-Time Sampling and Treatment Guidance of Bioburden in Chronic Wounds: First-in-Human Results, Ralph S. DaCosta, Iris Kulbatski, Liis Lindvere-Teene, Danielle Starr, Kristina Blackmore, Jason I. Silver, Julie Opoku, Yichao Charlie Wu, Philip J. Medeiros, Wei Xu, Lizhen Xu, Brian C. Wilson, Cheryl Rosen, Ron Linden