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Posted on 20 September 2021

NHS Supply Chain is supporting a trial of compression therapies for people with venous leg ulcers which is seeking a number of sites from around the country to take part in the study.

VenUS 6 is a National Institute of Health Research (NIHR)-funded randomised controlled trial investigating the clinical and cost effectiveness of different compression therapies, including compression wraps, for the treatment of people with venous leg ulcers.

The trial is looking to involve more sites in participant recruitment and is working with the Community Partnership Team within NHS Supply Chain: Rehabilitation, Disabled Services, Women’s Health and Associated Consumables.

Melissa Brighton, Community Partnership Lead, said: “Rigorous evidence on the clinical and cost effectiveness of treatments such as compression wraps will help optimise decision making which is why NHS Supply Chain is supporting this research study.”

VenUS 6 is led by Professor Jo Dumville from University of Manchester and run by York Trials Unit. The sponsor is Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust.

Professor Dumville said: “We’re aiming to recruit 675 people with venous leg ulcers to participate in VenUS 6. To be included in the trial people must be 18 or over with at least one venous leg ulcer, have an ankle: brachial pressure index  ≥ 0. 8 (taken within the last three months) and be able to tolerate full compression.

“Trial sites will be fully supported in study set-up and conduct. Financial support is via a per participant payment.”

Interested sites should email  for more details.

Potential trial sites

The study is keen to hear from any potential sites and currently have limited recruitment from: