This article considers the effects of two different types of educational programme on community nurse clinical practice in venous ulceration. One group of nurses (the experimental group) attended an educational programme designed to take account of training needs and learning styles. A second group of nurses (the control group) attended a standardised educational programme. A multiple-choice question examination and Objective Structured Clinical Examination were used to measure knowledge and skills. Kolb's Learning Styles Inventory was used to measure learning styles. Findings were that experimental nurses failed to show improved post-intervention clinical practice compared with the control group.