The effect of UK nursing policy on higher education wound care provision and practice: a critical discourse analysis

Jane A. Munro*, Anna D. Beck

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In the United Kingdom, significant ongoing inconsistency exists in wound care nursing education provision and practice. Health economists have identified this to be a major cause of the burgeoning economic and personal cost of successfully, and equitably, healing chronic wounds. While numerous wound care educational resources exist, policies intended to implement a program of reform or change are for some reason not filtering down to, or being implemented by, those who need them most. Policy making processes do not appear to be operating as efficiently as they should, and this merits further scrutiny. A critical discourse analysis of two UK professional body wound care policies provided an innovative insight into the effect of policy production to the research problem. The overarching construct of “Aspiration and Resolution” and its subconstructs were identified. Links between data, analysis, and conclusions were established using Greckhamer and Cilesiz’s (2014) framework to address criticisms over lack of transparency in critical discourse analysis methodology. Findings indicate wound care policy makers must adopt an active, not passive, approach to policy making. An active position, compared with the inertia that appears to currently exist, would take into consideration the capacity to implement policy and not merely increase awareness or disseminate. Wound healing policy making agencies need to make decisions on how to disseminate and implement policy. Active policy making would also adopt target audiences’ decisions to implement policy, instigate activities to improve knowledge and skills, facilitate change, and ensure continued use of policy as part of organizational operations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)134-145
Number of pages12
JournalPolicy, Politics, & Nursing Practice
Issue number2
Early online date11 Mar 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2021


  • United Kingdom
  • UK
  • nursing
  • education
  • policy
  • policy making
  • policy making agencies
  • wound
  • healing


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