NewsLaunch of new Leg Club in Clacton on Sea

Launch of new Leg Club in Clacton on Sea

Leg Ulcers, Societies

Launch of new Leg Club in Clacton on SeaA new Leg Club has opened in Clacton on Sea, spearheaded by District Nurse Lead Kelly Buxey. Following the completion of her District Nurse qualification in 2015 and 15 years in community nursing, Kelly was inspired to set up a community-based Leg Club in Clacton on Sea. It is hoped this will be the first of five Leg Clubs to open across her district within the next 12 to 18 months. Clacton on Sea Leg Club will be held every Thursday from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Clacton on Sea Rugby Club and is available to all patients registered with a Clacton GP.

The new Clacton on Sea Leg Club was launched by Tendring District Nurses in partnership with the Anglian Community Enterprise (ACE), the Lindsay Leg Club Foundation and the local community. Kelly had found that a large part of her community nursing caseload involved recurring lower limb wounds and the improved healing rates recorded at other Leg Clubs inspired her to apply to ACE for funding to set up the project. Ellie Lindsay OBE, President of The Lindsay Leg Club Foundation, said: “Kelly’s hard work, drive and determination in setting up this new Leg Club in Clacton on Sea is outstanding. Through her studies she has not only recognised the value of the Leg Club model but has efficiently and enthusiastically put it into practice. We hope that her Leg Club members will soon see the improved healing rates the model encourages, and we have seen elsewhere, as her new Leg Club members become involved in their own and each other’s care.” Leg Clubs are based on the award-winning healthcare model founded by former district nurse Ellie Lindsay OBE where nursing staff and volunteers work together to provide holistic care to people with lower limb conditions. The Leg Clubs operate on a drop-in basis in a non-medical setting, and encourage and empower Leg Club members to become more involved in their care through peer support and collective treatment. Leg Clubs can also help to relieve the social isolation that is frequently experienced by people with leg ulcers and reintegrate them back into their communities.