From our Newsletter

This page is dedicated to providing you with the latest articles from our lymphoedema newsletter. We hope that you find the news interesting and useful. Please share this page with your colleagues.

We would like to invite all lymphoedema patients to join the LymphConnect Watch Party

Save the date! We will be hosting our second patient Watch Party, Monday 1st March, 3-4pm, as part of Lymphoedema Awareness Week 2021.

We are excited be joined by an expert panel, as well as a lymphoedema patient, looking at the ways in which you can get more support. We will also be exploring the steps you can take to look after yourself and live well with lymphoedema.

To register your interest in this FREE online event, click ‘Going’ on our dedicated event page:

Self-care in the current climate

During a time when patient self-care is becoming essential, Essity in partnership with Wound Care Today will be hosting a Facebook Live educational event to discuss this important topic.

Join us on 7th April 2020 at 7:30pm for our live training, via Facebook Live, Self-Care in the Current Climate, broadcast straight to your device, in the comfort of your own home or workplace. 

Watch Alison Schofield, Tissue Viability Service Lead, lead discussion on: 

  • Why the need for patient self-care is becoming more important? 
  • The challenges that patient self-management presents
  • The benefits to patients and clinicians 
  • The steps to help achieve successful patient partnerships 
  • What a successful patient partnership looks like 

Join us 
You will also have the chance to ask questions and comment in real time. Additionally, you will receive a certificate for your Continual Professional Development (CPD) revalidation portfolio.

Click here to register now.

New JOBST® ready-to-wear sensitive top band

The new JOBST Sensitive thigh high top band has been developed with one thing in mind: patient comfort.

Available in both JOBST® Opaque and JOBST® UltraSheer thigh high garments.

Made using a new process, that weaves silicone yarns into the fabric of the welt rather than coating silicone onto the surface of the fabric.

The result is an ultra-comfortable stocking:

  • With soft grip that looks good
  • That reduces skin imprints visibly and lowers the risk of irritated skin
  • Which absorbs moisture and sweat underneath the welt much faster than before
  • Is comfortable and effective

Silicone yarn knitted into the welt during the knitting process

  • Sensitive top band provides low profile silicone
  • More aesthetically pleasing

Secure fit with high gripping properties

  • Reduced risk of slippage even when moving about
  • Stays in place by applying an even hold across the welt

The sensitive top band has replaced the soft top band, an option in our ready-to-wear thigh high garments.

Updated order forms are now available with the new information: to access a copy please click here.

If you have any questions, please speak to your local Essity Account Manager. Alternatively, please contact our Customer Service Team, email:

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JCN roadshows 2020 - Birmingham

It was great to see so many enthusiastic clinicians at the second event for the 2020 JCN roadshows in Birmingham.

JCN events offer an invaluable opportunity for clinicians to attend a number of educational session on key therapy areas, discuss latest products, treatments and techniques.

The Essity team has been supporting clinicians with our wide range of products from JOBST® compression therapy, Cutimed® wound care and TENA® continence care.

All educational sessions are presented by experts in their field and focus on many important areas of the clinical caseload and count towards revalidation requirements. Essity's session “Using Best Practice to Manage Chronic Oedema” was presented by Rebecca Elwell aimed to help nurses to better manage chronic oedema in the community using the new Best Practice Statement.

The next event is on the 3rd March in Manchester.

If you are interested in attending any of these free educational study days, you can register via the JCN website. Register here.

Treatment and prevention of recurrence of venous leg ulcers using RAL hosiery

This article supports the use of RAL compression garments, following venous leg ulceration to prevent recurrence.

Abstract: This article discusses the impact that non-healing venous leg ulceration presents to the NHS and the effect on a patients’ quality of life. Recurrence of venous leg ulceration is a growing treatment challenge, with up to 71% of patients having one or more recurring episodes (1).

Conclusion: Patients who were treated with RAL compression garments experienced a reduction in venous leg ulcers recurrence rates from 18–20% to 5.8% (1).

Click here to read this clinical article.

Reference: Dowsett C, Treatment and prevention of recurrence of venous leg ulcers using RAL hosiery, Wounds UK 2011 Vol 7 No 1

Introducing the NEW Best Practice Statement for Chronic Oedema

Using evidence-based research to support clinicians working in primary care to effectively identify, assess and manage patients with chronic oedema.

The new best practice aims to:

  • Ensure that this patient group is assessed appropriately by using the six S’s
  • Ensure patients are managed effectively and provided the appropriate therapy solution for their condition and lifestyle

To download your copy please click here.

New tool: service provision cost calculator

At the BLS event, the new BLS Tariff Project was launched to all delegates, along with a few smaller workshops throughout the event, to demonstrate how the new cost calculator tool can be used, to highlight the resources required to run an effective service.

Hosted by the BLS tariff group and supported by Essity’s Richard Maddison, Strategic Healthcare Partner, the workshops were a great success with over 80 delegates attending to find out how this tool could benefit their service.

A fantastic educational event

The 2019 BLS conference was once again a great success with a fantastic educational programme, full of interesting topics. Essity were proud to be gold sponsors of the event, helping to support a number of clinicians to attend via the BLS educational grant. If you are interested in attending next year via an educational grant, why not become a member of the BLS.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer, affecting 1 in 8 women in the UK(1). A common but relatively unknown result of cancer treatment is lymphoedema, which can be one of the most dreaded and unfortunate outcomes of cancer treatment.

The JOBST® teamis proud to be helping to raise awareness of breast cancer related lymphoedema.

Supporting your patients to understand:

  • What the lymphatic system and lymphoedema is
  • Why cancer patients are more at risk of developing lymphoedema
  • What can be done to help prevent the development of lymphoedema
  • What the signs and symptoms of lymphoedema are
  • How lymphoedema can be effectively managed

Please contact us at to request hard copies for your patients.

1. Cancer Research UK, breast cancer incidence. Available online at “ statistics-by-cancer-type/breast-cancer”

BLS Conference 2019

6th - 8th October

The BLS conference is fast approaching and is a great opportunity to help raise the awareness and education of lymphoedema among health care professionals.

Essity is proud to be gold sponsors of the event, helping to support clinicians to attend. This year Essity will be holding a workshop on Sunday 6th October, focusing on ‘Lymphoedema Service Provision’. If you are attending the BLS conference and would be interested in joining this workshop, please contact to book a space.

We look forward to seeing you all on Sunday.

Lipoedema UK Ambassadors

Lipoedema UK will shortly be appealing for members and healthcare professional volunteers “ambassadors” to help with raising further awareness at key Healthcare events. Lipoedema UK are planning a series of training/workshops for all ambassadors and also planning healthcare professional training on Lipoedema management. Expressions of interest are sought from any HCPs interested in any of our planned training programmes... dates and venues TBC. Please contact

House of Commons lower limb care debate

Last week the House of Commons debate focused on the provision of lower limb care where it was highlighted that a staggering 2 million patients are treated for wounds every year, at a cost of more than £5 billion and rising. Currently it is felt that healing takes far too long with healing rates as low as 9% within 6 months. This has not been helped by the worrying drop in the number of District Nurses, whose role in ensuring safe and effective wound care in the community is crucial.

What’s the answer? 

The debate spoke about the need for greater training and education, enhanced support for safe self-care, improved diagnostic support and a shared management plan to be implemented regardless of care setting including the establishment of dedicated wound care clinics in the community, possibly in general practices.

It was acknowledged that better diagnosis and treatment and effective prevention of wound complications would help minimise treatment costs. During the debate, Ellie Lindsay and the fantastic work that she has done with The Leg Club Foundation was highlighted, the psychosocial model of care that the Leg Club provides is certainly something that all areas of the UK could benefit from.

To help deliver this vision for community services, the NHS are investing an extra £4.5 billion a year to spend on primary, medical and community health services by 2023-24.

To read the full debate please click here.

Lymphoedema in Children - A Parent and Patient Guide

If lymphoedema is diagnosed in children or young adolescents it can be scary not only for the child but also for the parent or guardian. 

Essity is committed to providing quality education for both healthcare professionals and patients, as greater awareness of the condition will lead to better treatment outcomes for patients. 

Providing parents with support and information when their child is diagnosed with lymphoedema is key to ensuring that their child has the right support moving forward. Educational materials will also help families come to terms with the condition and provide them with reassurance, that with the right diagnosis and prompt treatment lymphoedema can be well managed.

Introducing a new brochure to support your patients in understanding:

  • What the lymphatic system and lymphoedema is
  • Why children can develop lymphoedema
  • What can be done to support the child in everyday life
  • How lymphoedema can be effectively managed

Please contact our Concierge Service to request a copy to help support your patient’s family.Email:

LymphConnect BLOG!

To support your patient in managing their lymphoedema, LymphConnect is a great resource and committed to providing education and resources including BLOGSand Ask Elvy FAQ's. 

Why not take a look at the latest BLOGS :
Buying shoes!
Shoes treatment
Before you travel...

Visit LymphConnect today. Provide your patients with support outside of clinic times.

Enjoy the benefits of the NEW JOBST® Farrow® Toe Cap and Glove

Essity are pleased to announce the new ready-to-wear JOBST® Farrow® Toe Cap and Glove will be available on Drug Tariff from 1st July 2019. This ready-to-wear range can be trimmed to fit each individual patient and is available in two compression levels: 15-20mmHg and 20-30mmHg. 

The features and benefits


  • A new ready-to-wear range
  • Fine seams with ultra-thin and smooth compression fabric


  • Trimmable
  • Can be worn together with JOBST® FarrowWrap® footpiece / gauntlet 


  • Can be used on either hand
  • Range of compression levels
  • Wide range of sizes available
  • Available in tan and black 

Prevalence and risk factors for chronic oedema in UK community nursing services

In the UK, chronic oedema is presenting a significant clinical problem for community nursing services. This study looks at the number of people with chronic oedema and how this chronic condition impacts the health service. Read more here.

A study to explore the professional conceptualisation and challenges of self-management in children and adolescents with lymphoedema

This study looks at the experiences of health care professionals when caring for children and adolescents with lymphoedema. This paper highlights the challenges of self-management and the impact on family quality of life within this patient group. Read more here.

Facebook Live education

The JOBST® team is very proud to announce we have joined forces with the Journal of Community Nursing (JCN) again for another exciting Facebook Live event. This year we have delivered three events already, with some great guest speakers delivering fabulous and valuable education. With seven more events being delivered this year, covering a range of therapy and clinical needs.

Join us
Join us on 15th May 2019 at 7pm for our next exciting live training, via Facebook Live: "Promoting self-care in the management of leg ulceration" broadcast straight to your device, in the comfort of your own home or workplace, presented by Alison Schofield, Tissue Viability Team, Clinical Nurse Specialist MSc, BSc (Hons) RN.

What if I don’t use Facebook?
If you don’t use Facebook and really don’t want to, then all is not lost. We will be making a recording of the live event available to view at, 1-2 days after the event. If you want to be notified when it’s ready for you to view, then please email

Flat-knit hosiery: purpose, selection and application in chronic oedema and lipoedema

Although chronic oedema and Lipoedema are long-term conditions that cannot be cured, symptoms can effectively be improved by several treatment techniques, one of the main options in the management is compression therapy. This article focuses on the benefits of flat-knit compression in the management of chronic oedema and lipoedema. 

To read the full article click here

MLD Conference 2019

On the 11th and 12th May, at the Mercure Daventry Court Hotel and Spa, the MLD UK Conference is delivering speaker sessions and workshops supporting manual lymphatic drainage developments.

The JOBST® team will be on hand to talk about our JOBST® compression garment range including JOBST® FarrowWrap®, JOBST® Elvarex® and JOBST® Relax. Visit our stand to learn more. 

CASE for Chronic Oedema

We have a new educational tool – CASE for Chronic Oedema, and a wide range of JOBST® compression therapy solutions that can help you manage your patients with chronic oedema. 

Click here to view CASE. 

Friday 8th March - International Womens Day

As partner to the United Nations Foundation, Essity will open the UN 2019 International Women’s Day Luncheon, Friday 8th March in Washington D.C. Joséphine Edwall Björklund, SVP Communications Essity, will give an opening speech addressing gender equality and economic empowerment of women. The theme of the lunch is: “Think equal. Act now.”

Click here to visit Essity IWD2019

BLS Position Paper For Ankle Brachial Pressure Index (ABPI)

There are many tools available, helping to support your clinical decision when deciding on correct compression therapy and what to do if you can't get an accurate ABPI reading.

This document may help you with these types of clinical decision making. Click on the picture to read this paper.

Twitter @JOBSTUK

We are excited to announce that JOBST twitter account ‘@JOBSTUK’ is now LIVE!

Twitter gives us the opportunity to provide you with the very latest news! Our posts will support events, education and raising awareness about lymphoedema to name just a few. Be sure to #JOBST if you are debating, discussing, talking about us or our products!

Thank you for supporting JOBST and we hope you enjoy being part of our Twitter community.

New additions to the JOBST® FarrowWrap® family - NOW on Drug Tariff

JOBST® FarrowWrap® 4000 (30-40mmHg) is for the treatment of leg ulceration, venous and lymphatic conditions. This new compression wrap system has been developed with:

  • An integrated donning aid for those patients with limited strength and dexterity
  • Four simple bands for ease of application
  • Choice of colours; black and beige
  • Choose from a wide range of sizes
  • A JOBST® FarrowHybrid sock (20-30mmHg) is supplied with JOBST FarrowWrap 4000

JOBST FarrowHybrid are discrete and provide compression from the foot to the ankle; available in 20-30mmHg and 30-40mmHg. Looking just like a normal sock, the JOBST FarrowHybrid is designed to be worn instead of a compression wrap footpiece and supports the wearing of normal shoes.

If you would like further information please click here to send us an email.