Exploration of wound care data for use in research

Manchester icon Greater Manchester
Researchers involved: Dr Sabine van der Veer; Prof Nicky Cullum; Dr Jo Dumville; Dr Camilla Sammut Powel
Disease area impacted: Community nursing, wound care
Key partners: Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, GPC Solutions, Intel Life and Health Sciences, CLAHRC-GM
Start and end dates: July 2016 to December 2018

Project Overview

In Greater Manchester, the current care for patients with wounds can be disconnected and changable. Information about how wounds are assessed and treated is often varied and still recorded on paper. This makes it hard to use this information to understand what works and what doesn’t.

Recent advances in electronic data collection and new wound assessment technology has the potential to produce better quality information to help researchers understand more about wound assessment and treatment to improve patient care with less invasive treatments.

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust is a partnered with CLAHRC GM to access and improve how wound care is delivered.

This project is in two parts:

  1. To understand if the current information collected to assess and treat patient’s wounds is suitable for research and if not, make recommendations for improvements.
  2. Pilot a 3D camera to take pictures and measurements of patient’s wounds to understand the potential benefits and barriers of this technology.

The software can capture the wound area and depth measurements from the 3D image, and therefore staff would no longer need to use a tape measure and probe.

What data are you using?

  1. We will use the data that nurses are recording in the newly implemented electronic wound care system from Pennine NHS Foundation Trust. This data includes information such as:
  • Age & sex
  • Assessment information for each wound such as size, depth & coloration
  • Factors that can affect wound healing such as restricted mobility and wound treatments

This data will be used to develop recommendations for the collection and documentation of electronic wound data to outline the changes that would be needed to help improve data for research and delivery of care.

2. To assess the success of the 3D camera we will use:

  • meeting notes prior to adoption of camera
  • 3-5 staff interviews following 3D camera use in delivery of care for wounds patients.



How are you using the data?

  1. The Pennine Care wound data will be reviewed by a statistician to look at issues with data and data collection, for example missing data.
  2. The 3D imaging software developed by GPC for measuring wounds will be piloted by a selection of the staff who work within the Bury wound care and lymphedema service.

Who could benefit from this project?

    1. Following the recommendations would result in available wound care data being more robust for research in the future.
    2. If the 3D camera piloted in this study is deemed successful, it can be implemented wider than the Bury wound care Lymphedema pilot site.

Patients could benefit from a less invasive and more accurate tracking of wound measurements to monitoring their wounds.


This project has strong connections with the CLAHRC-GM Wound care programme that aims to enhance quality of care and outcomes for people with complex wounds in Greater Manchester.


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