Wound care and regenerative medicine company Acelity has introduced its new Centres of Expertise (CoE) collaborative education programme in Europe.

CoE is designed to provide a diverse medical education curriculum focused on disease state management and related surgical procedures.

The programme was launched in Madrid at the Acelity Make Better Summit, a global educational event for peer-to-peer exchange, in which clinician stakeholders focus on the care and outcomes of patients living with wounds.

The CoE programme will recognise academic centres that provide exceptional care and are dedicated to continuously improving patient safety and clinical outcomes through research, innovation and development.

Centres for the implementation of the programme are selected based on a set of pre-approved criteria.

Each centre will serve as a regional, national and international resource for specific disease management and surgical and procedural expertise.

"Ongoing education and training for surgeons and clinicians helps them continuously improve their practice and their care of patients."

Launched at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam, the first CoE programme focuses on challenging abdominal wall and colorectal surgery, training clinicians in disease management and related surgical techniques.

Academic Medical Center professor of surgery Marja Boermeester said: "Ongoing education and training for surgeons and clinicians helps them continuously improve their practice and their care of patients.

"Our goal with the Acelity Centre of Expertise in Amsterdam is to provide a best-in-class platform to support clinicians desiring to learn the latest innovative surgical techniques and product applications for abdominal wall and colorectal surgery."

In addition, the centre will start research in a related area through a two-year research fellowship and support a surgical clinical fellowship.

The first training is expected to be undertaken later this month with additional programmes in development for next year.

The speciality centres are currently being developed for plastic surgery, breast surgery and complex wounds, as well as orthopaedic, cardiothoracic and vascular surgery.

Acelity Developed Markets president Laura Piccinini said: "The Centres of Expertise programme brings to life Acelity’s mission to truly improve the practice of medicine by ensuring that surgeons and clinicians are aware of cutting-edge solutions and procedures.

"As an industry leader in wound care and regenerative medicine, we are uniquely positioned to lead this integrated medical education platform and appreciate the responsibility we have to ensure clinicians are supported as they strive to provide better care for their patients."