Optimising outcomes for people with venous leg ulcers

Impact: Health and wellbeing, Economic


Venous leg ulcers are painful, recurring wounds affecting a minimum of 20,000, mainly older people, in the UK at any one time. These ulcers result in large wound-specific NHS care costs annually. Findings from our University of Manchester research have improved outcomes for people with venous leg ulcers and increased efficiency in the NHS. We demonstrated that multi-component compression bandages with an elastic layer are more effective at healing venous leg ulcers than other bandage options. In 2018 alone, increased prescribing of 2-layer stockings saved the NHS approximately £7 million.

Impact dateAug 2013Jul 2020
Category of impactHealth and wellbeing, Economic
Impact levelAdoption

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing