Public Venous Awareness

During the 2019 January v-WINter Foundation meeting, held in Cortina, Italy the University of Ferrara e-learning media service created (not for profit) educational vidoes for professionals and the public. Each video has been endorsed by the vWIN Foundation.

Here Ellie Lindsay talks about: Public venous disease: why should we all know about it?

High Intensity Focused Ultrasound Echotherapy treatment for varicose veins and venous leg ulcers

SONOVEIN® Echotherapy is the most recent technology available for treating varicose veins and venous leg ulcers. It uses the latest developments in ultrasound technology to treat the veins from outside the body, making it 100% non-invasive.

How does it work?

A high-intensity ultrasound beam is focused on the problematic vein. As the beam is delivered the affected vein shrinks and is sealed closed.  An ultrasound probe at the front of the SONOVEIN® machine ensures total accuracy of treatment as the vein can be seen in real-time. This enables clinicians to follow even the most tortuous of vein paths regardless of their shape or size. Even notoriously difficult to treat perforator veins, including those leading to open ulcers or recurrent varicose veins can also be treated without the risk of infection.

As SONOVEIN is completely non-invasive patients are homeward bound as soon as the treatment is completed.

Ration Watch

Launched at MedTech Week 2018 was the new website and resource Ration Watch. Following the information from Freedom of Information Requests, a call for data from MTG members and phone calls with the MTG the Ration Watch website was launched, highlighting arbitrary thresholds which have been implemented across a range of CCGs. The website can be found here:


National Association for Patient Participation (NAPP).


Patient participation is a unique partnership between patients, GPs and their practice which is essential to and results in high quality and responsive care.

Patient Participation Groups (PPGs) work in partnership with their practices to:
  • help patients to take more responsibility for their health.
  • contribute to the continuous improvement of services and quality of care
  • foster improved communication between the practice and its patient
  • provide practical support for the practice and help to implement change
The first PPGs were established around 1972 by GPs in England and Wales. Since then the PPG movement has grown rapidly. Experience shows that successful practices and effective PPGs go hand in hand.
Established in 1978, N.A.P.P. is uniquely placed as the only UK umbrella organisation for patient-led groups in general practice.
We provide essential support to GPs and practice teams through a comprehensive range of evidence-based high quality specialist resources developed from over thirty years experience and formation of hundreds of Patient Participation Groups.
We also provide essential support to Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).

CCGs will benefit from all their member practices having a PPG. Find out here about the specialist support and advice available from us to CCGs on establishing and engaging with PPGs.

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