News > All Party Parliamentary Group on Vascular Disease Meeting: A Review of the work undertaken by Strategic Clinical Networks
Strategic Clinical Network (SCN) representatives, clinicians and other stakeholders from across the country came together on Monday 1st February at the All Party Parliamentary Group on Vascular Disease’s parliamentary event. The well-attended meeting focused on reducing unnecessary lower limb amputations, particularly amputations related to peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and diabetes. Attendees agreed that there is a desperate need for a national lower limb screening programme to effectively reduce unnecessary amputation rates.
“11,500 lower limb amputations take place every year, many of which are unnecessary. This is unacceptable. Through adopting simple best practice steps, health services across the country could drastically reduce this number,” stated Neil Carmichael, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Vascular Disease at the Group’s inaugural 2016 meeting.
Event speakers included Fiona Davie-Smith, a Post Graduate Research Student at the University of Glasgow, whose work has discovered that over 75% of amputees remain housebound after 6 months following an amputation and of these, shockingly, 67% were confined to single room living.
Attendees also heard from Jonathan Valabhji, National Clinical Director for Obesity and Diabetes at NHS England and representatives from London SCN, Thames Valley SCN, and the Yorkshire and Humber SCN. Dr Dare Seriki, a consultant vascular radiologist from Greater Manchester, presented the Stop Unnecessary Amputations (STAMP) pathway, and encouraged adoption of such best practice methods of improving services and patient outcomes.
Concerns were raised at the meeting regarding the uncertainty of future funding for SCNs, as well as the absence of metrics to measure quality.
Mr Carmichael commented that “Strategic Clinical Networks have a key role to play promoting best practice. I encourage all those involved in the delivery of vascular services to adopt the recommendations within the Group’s latest report and improve the lives of thousands of people every year.”