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Acute Wound Care for Health Professionals Course Information

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About the Acute Wound Care 1 day Course

1 Day Course Guide


The programme lead is CIPHER Medical Consultancy’s Head of Operations and Education, Chris Jones, LLM (Medical Law), BSc (hons) Emergency Care Practice, PGCE. CIPHER Medical also has a number of expert Paramedic and Nurse Practitioners with the appropriate clinical skills and experience teaching and mentoring healthcare professionals.

Programme Aims

  • To provide competence in the holistic assessment, management and ongoing care of patients presenting with acute wounds.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the soft tissues.
  • Perform a detailed and holistic assessment of patients presenting with acute wounds.
  • Analyse and evaluate clinical findings to formulate appropriate treatment strategies, including wound cleaning, closure, dressing and/or referral for further care.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the legal and ethical considerations of treating wounds.

Course Content

1 day taught session:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Wound healing, and factors affecting wound healing
  • Assessment of wounds
  • Selection of closure methods
  • Irrigations, dressing and follow-up
  • Local anaesthesia
  • Practical elements- Local anaesthesia infiltration, steri-strips, tissue adhesive, surgical staples, simple interrupted suturing.

Teaching Methods

Online – The course will utilise a blended learning approach. Students will be encouraged to work through online learning materials, which will be sent out 4 weeks prior to the course.

Attended – An intensive 1 day attended session, (8 hours including lunch), will include a variety of teaching methods, including group activities, formal teaching and practical work.


All students will be asked to complete an evaluation, either electronically or by paper at the conclusion of the 1 day element and on completion of their portfolio. Course evaluations will be collated by the programme leader and actioned accordingly.

Internal Quality Assessment

The quality of courses will be assessed annually as per CIPHER Medical Consultancy’s Training Quality Assurance Policy.

Suggested Reading List

  • Bale, S. and Jones, V. (2006). Wound care nursing. Edinburgh: Mosby Elsevier.
  • Dealey, C. (2012). The care of wounds. Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Purcell, D. (2017). Minor injuries. Edinburgh: Elsevier.
  • Reynolds, T. and Cole, E. (2006). Techniques for acute wound closure. Nursing Standard, 20(21), pp.55-64. [online] available here.

Course Programme

08:30 - 09:00 Coffee and Registration
09:00 - 09:15 Introduction
09:15 - 10:00 Legal, ethical and professional considerations in wound care
10:00 - 10:30 Anatomy and physiology review- Group work

10:30 - 10:45 Break- Tea and Coffee
10:45 - 11:45 Wound healing and factors affecting healing- Group work
11:45 - 12:30 Assessment of wounds
12:30 - 13:15 Lunch
13:15 - 14:00 Selecting closure methods
14:00 - 14:30 Irrigation, dressing and follow-up

14:30 - 14:45 Break- Tea and Coffee
14:45 - 15:00 Local Anaesthesia inc. Lignocaine toxicity
15:00 - 15:15 Local Anaesthesia Infiltration Practical
15:15 - 17:00 Closure practical- steri-strips, tissue adhesive, staples and sutures

17:00 - 17:05 Close- Certificate of attendance sent electronically.

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