What do we do?
We work in the community alongside health professionals from Livewell Southwest, who provide dressing service for leg ulcer patients, to provide support and wellbeing sessions that optimise healing rates. We provide additional patient centred support to open conversations about wellbeing, and supply tools to facilitate lifestyle changes known to improve healing, such as exercises that help strengthen and boost the circulation in the legs and advice on eating a healthier diet.
How do we do it?
We work with small groups, giving participatnts a chance to be listed to and to receive personalised physical activity options (either seated or standing) and wellbeing advice.
The leg ulcer clinic is open to all participants of Livewell SouthWest's Wellbeing Lower Limb Ulcer Service.
John Downey specialises in exercise prescription for chronic disease, lifestyle behaviour change and patient centered care.
Sam Vaughan, Clinic Manager, specialises in applying sport therapy techniques to the management of chronic health conditions.
Livewell Southwest is an independent, award winning social enterprise providing integrated health and social care services for people across Plymouth, South Hams and West Devon, as well as some specialist services for people living in parts of Devon and Cornwall. They are at the forefront of integrating health and social care, caring for people in new ways that are more efficient, with health and social care professionals who would have previously worked in individual teams now working together. Their teams operate in community hospitals, GP practices, sport centres, health and wellbeing hubs and at community events.