Event Details

This course is aimed at Practice Nurses and will cover the aetiology and assessment of lower limb ulceration, with a focus on the assessment of peripheral vascular disease. It is a mix of theory and practical training, across 2 days, followed by a Multiple Choice Assessment.

It would only be suitable for HCAs who are already experienced in basic foot pulse palpation and lower leg/foot wound care. It would be the responsibility of the HCA’s GP practice to ensure ongoing monitoring and competency as well as adequate insurance cover for enhanced vascular assessment and decision making following the course.

This training will be held at Essex EQUIP in Witham.

Following the course, it is suggested that all students new to vascular assessment will need to undertake a period of shadowing and supervised practice with a clinical mentor experienced in lower limb ulceration management and vascular assessment.

N.B. Application of compression bandaging will NOT be covered within this course.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the mechanism of peripheral vascular disease development
  • Understand the risk factors that contribute to peripheral vascular disease
  • Gain knowledge of the clinical signs of peripheral vascular disease
  • Gain confidence in the clinical assessment of lower limb pulses including handheld doppler skills and identification of pulse sounds
  • Be able to undertake an ABPI assessment effectively
  • Understand how to Interpret clinical assessment findings
  • Gain knowledge of appropriate skin management of the lower limb
  • Understand the different grades and types of compression available
  • Gain confidence in the diagnostic criteria for peripheral arterial disease and referral pathways
  • Be able to identify critical limb ischaemia and recognise the need for urgent treatment pathways


Travelling to Essex Equip By Car:

There is NO parking at the venue, but the public pay and display car park can be found on Newland Drive (CM8 2AP) about 300 yards away.  £6 for the whole day or for further tariff, please see Braintree Council Website

From the car park walk back to Collingwood Rd and then back up to the traffic lights. At the traffic lights turn left onto Newland St. (The George PH is on the corner) carry on walking until you reach the zebra crossing (outside the Public Library), cross the road and head towards the Dorothy L Sayers Statue and the Job Centre. Our entrance just at the rear of the Job Centre.

By Train

It is a 7 min walk from Witham Railway Station, head towards the town, turn left at THE AVENUE, continue walking down The Avenue to the junction with Newland Street, then turn right, carry on walking until you reach the zebra crossing (outside the Public Library), cross the road and head towards the Job Centre. Our entrance is just at the rear of the Job Centre.

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Cancellations with a full refund will be accepted up to and including 15 days prior to the event.  Any refund request for places cancelled after this date will not be refunded.