WoundTec Healthcare Technology Co-operative (WOUNDTEC HTC) is a national initiative funded by the NHS focussing on the development of new technologies for the prevention and treatment of wounds.
WoundTec brings together clinical and healthcare staff, patients, carers, industry, academics and charities to facilitate and accelerate solutions to areas of unmet clinical and patient need in wound care.
WoundTec is led by world-renowned wound specialist Professor Peter Vowden at Bradford Royal Infirmary with support from wound care experts from around the country. More information about WoundTec and it’s activities can be found on our website http://www.woundtec.htc.nihr.ac.uk/
We understand that living with wounds is difficult. Products that are currently available to treat wounds or prevent wounds are not always designed with adequate patient involvement.
We want to change things – we want the patient and carer voice to be central when wound care products are being designed and developed. We want industry to work with patients and carers when designing products. But we can only make this happen with your help.
The WoundTec Community Panel consists of volunteers who are living with wounds (such as leg ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers, pressure ulcers or other wound related illnesses) who want to help us understand the needs of patient and carers.
The WoundTec Community panel will give patients and carers a voice when wound care products are being designed.
Although we are based at Bradford Royal Infirmary Hospital, our Community Panel constitutes of members from around the UK.
Panel members can be involved in a number of ways including:
It is up to you how much involvement you would like with the Community Panel.
We will contact you via your preferred method of contact (e.g. e-mail, royal mail or telephone) to invite you to participate in surveys, interviews, focus groups or usability evaluations. We expect surveys should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. Interviews and Focus groups may require a greater commitment. However, we would clarify and explain what is required prior to you giving consent.
Although we appreciate your thoughts and opinions and hope that you will contribute to our activities, you will always have the option to accept or decline our invitation to participate. You are under no obligation to do anything.
Where patients and carers are asked to attend activities (such as focus groups and usability evaluations), we will endeavour to pay for your expenses and/or time. The exact amounts will be stipulated prior to the activities.
For surveys, in appreciation for your time, panel members will be entered into a draw to win shopping vouchers!
We’ve put together an Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document which you can look through to see if the question has been answered. If not, don’t hesitate to contact us by email or telephone.