Healthy Legs for Life week

A national Healthy Legs for Life week was introduced in 2007 to raise public awareness of the importance of looking after your legs. The Foundation promotes Healthy Legs for Life' week by working in partnership with Expert Patient Groups, General Practitioners, Community Nurses and members of the public. This year's National Healthy Legs for Life will start on 29th September.

What are lower leg problems?
Lower leg problems range form spider veins and varicose veins to more serious complaints such as leg ulcers. These are caused by the disruption of normal bloodflow in legs through injury, inactivity, pregnancy or hereditary disease.

What is a Leg Club?
The first Leg Club was set up in Suffolk in 1995. Clinics were held weekly in a community cottage, on an informal basis, and patient contacts quickly grew and there are now 14 in the UK with a further four on their way. The Leg Club Foundation was established in December 2004 and achieved charitable status in September 2005. The Foundation exists to facilitate and manage the coordinated growth of the network of Leg Clubs and to provide the clubs with information and support that they require.

The Leg Club Foundation mission vision
The Foundation was created to help relieve suffering from leg ulcers and associated conditions through the implementation of an award-winning model that motivates and empowers patients to take ownership of their care, alleviate their suffering and reduce the stigma attached to their condition. It also seeks to further advance education in all aspects of leg health among sufferers, carers, the general public and the healthcare professions. The Foundation's mission is simply: healthy legs for life.

Latest figures show that The Leg Club model is a proven alternative that challenges the way these people have traditionally been managed. The model brings care to people in their local community where they are empowered to be fully involved in their treatment. Leg Clubs have also proved to be extremely cost-effective in the use of nursing resources, saving travel costs, reducing need for the duplication of equipment, simplifying planning and administration, and eliminating wasted home visits. The Leg Club Foundation has grown substantially over the last few years and has just been shortlisted for a HealthInvestor Award.

The Leg Club Foundation vision

  • to make Leg Clubs part of government and NHS strategy for leg ulcer management and associated conditions in the UK;
  • to continue the expansion of Leg Clubs throughout the UK;
  • to ensure that Leg Clubs are the leading source of information for the public on the prevention and treatment of leg ulcers and associated conditions;
  • to continue to implement best practice for the prevention and treatment of leg ulcers and associated conditions in partnership with healthcare professionals, patients and the local community;
  • to strive to measure and report all key clinical and economic outcomes achieved through the implementation of best practice in conjunction with the Leg Clubs and our partners.

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