The RCN represents nurses and nursing, promotes excellence in practice and shapes health policies.



The nursing and midwifery regulator for England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Islands.

  • We exist to protect the health and wellbeing of the public.
  • We set standards of education, training, conduct and performance so that nurses and midwives can deliver high quality healthcare consistently throughout their careers.
  • We ensure that nurses and midwives keep their skills and knowledge up to date and uphold our professional standards.
  • We have clear and transparent processes to investigate nurses and midwives who fall short of our standards.



The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is the independent organisation responsible for providing:

  • Evidence-based guidance and advice for health, public health and social care practitioners
  • Quality standards and performance metrics for those providing and commissioning health, public health and social services
  • A range of information services across the spectrum of health and social care



The Department of Health (DH) helps people to live better for longer. We lead, shape and fund health and care in England, making sure people have the support, care and treatment they need with the compassion, respect and dignity they deserve.



The Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) develops evidence based clinical practice guidelines for the National Health Service (NHS) in Scotland. SIGN guidelines are derived from a systematic review of the scientific literature and are designed as a vehicle for accelerating the translation of new knowledge into action to meet our aim of reducing variations in practice, and improving patient-important outcomes.



The Venous Forum provides an update across a wide range of venous disease. They hold an annual conference annually at RSM in London



To promote a local network of resources for the benefit of patients suffering from either an ongoing leg ulcer or wound management problem, through the establishment of specialist services supported by appropriately qualified staff – some of who may be termed clinical nurse specialists / advanced practitioners.



The European Wound Management Association (EWMA) was founded in 1991, and the association works to promote the advancement of education and research into native epidemiology, pathology, diagnosis, prevention and management of wounds of all aetiologies.

EWMA is an umbrella organisation linking wound management associations across Europe and a multidisciplinary group bringing together individuals and organisations interested in wound management.

EWMA works to reach its objectives by being an educational resource, organising conferences, contributing to international projects related to wound management, actively supporting the implementation of existing knowledge within wound management and providing information on all aspects of wound management.