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Reducing & Managing Pressure Ulcers at the End of Life

Thursday 13 Oct 2022


Sixth National Conference

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Hybrid Conference: Book to Attend either In-Person or  virtually 

This conference focuses on the prevention and management of pressure ulcers at the end of life. Wounds are a common occurrence in patients with terminal illnesses, it has been estimated that approximately one third of palliative care patients will experience a pressure ulcer. Pressure wounds are seen most often in elderly and terminally ill patients as a result skin failure — a naturally occurring process commonly associated with terminal illness wherein the skin begins to break down and die. At the end of life multiple risk factors can lead to pressure ulcers. The prevention and management of pressure ulcers at the end of life must also be balanced alongside the patients preferences presenting ethical dilemmas such as when prevention and active management should stop in the last days of life. Alongside National Update sessions focusing on Learning from the National Pressure Ulcer Prevalence and Quality of Care Audit and reflecting on the challenges of Covid-19, this national conference focuses on the reduction and management of pressure ulcers at the end of life, from risk assessment to controlling pain and discomfort in the last days of life.

“Pressure ulcers at end of life should be classified in the same way as all pressure ulcers, and not be given a separate category.”

NHS Improvement

“When a patient is dying, the skin like other body organs, becomes particularly vulnerable to breakdown; in fact breakdown may be unavoidable.”

(Henoch and Gustafsson 2003, Witkowski and Parish 2000) Quoted by Prof Professor Jackie Stephen-Haynes, Professor in Wound Healing, Birmingham City University

“We continue to have a challenge with patients developing pressure ulcers, and also a challenge with having some standardisation and consistency of care… there is considerable variation of about what happens in practice… in particular underuse of evidence based care and overuse of ineffective interventions.”

Jacqui Fletcher OBE Clinical Lead, The National Wound Care Strategy Programme, November 2021

The conference will also discuss the New National Pressure Ulcer Surveillance System

“A phased approach will be used to develop PU surveillance in the NHS.. Clinicians with responsibility for PU reporting (most likely tissue viability nurses) will need to ensure their organisations are aware of and prepared for the new surveillance system. As part of this, systems will need to understand the difference between surveillance reporting and clinical incident reporting. The purpose of surveillance reporting is to capture the full incidence and prevalence of PUs across a system to drive quality improvement at organisational level. The purpose of clinical incident reporting is to support learning from mistakes so action can be taken to keep patients safe.”

A new national Pressure Ulcer Surveillance system using The Model Hospital System, November 2021

This conference will enable you to:

  • Network with colleagues who are working to improve the measurement, reporting and prevention of pressure ulcers and harm at the end of life
  • Reflect on national developments and learning including learning from Stop the Pressure: National Pressure Ulcer Prevalence and Quality of Care Audit
  • Learn from outstanding practice in pressure ulcer reporting
  • Develop your skills in the management of pressure ulcers, and reducing pain and discomfort at the end of life for patients with them
  • Developing effective training and education of frontline staff that will empower frontline teams to take ownership for improving care processes and preventing pressure ulcers
  • Understand skin changes at the end of life
  • Improve sustainability in the reduction of pressure ulcers during Covid-19
  • Understand the factors that increase the risk of pressure ulcer development, and explore effective risk assessment tools
  • Develop a better understanding of pressure ulcer prevention at the end of life
  • Reflect on a case study in reducing pressure ulcers in Covid-19 patients
  • Improve Nutrition and Hydration
  • Learn from Clinical Negligence claims related to pressure ulcers
  • Ensure you are up to date with the latest evidence and definitions
  • Implementing the new national Pressure Ulcer Surveillance system and learning from pilot sites
  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice
  • Supports CPD professional development and acts as revalidation evidence. This course provides 5 Hrs training for CPD subject to peer group approval for revalidation purposes

Chair & Speakers Include:

Prof Jackie Stephen-Haynes

Professor in Wound Healing
Birmingham City University

Alison Smith

Older People Specialist Group Committee Member
British Dietetic Association

John Welch

Consultant Nurse Critical Care
University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Exhibition & Sponsorship Packages

This conference offers a valuable opportunity for industry suppliers to personally meet with their target audience where they will have time to talk and demonstrate the benefits of their products. High quality specialist audiences make having a presence at our events a highly targeted and cost effective marketing channel.

Why Exhibit?

Having a presence at this event will give you the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate your product, system or service
  • Network and engage with your key audience  
  • Generate new business leads
  • Gain exposure for your brand and raise the profile of your organisation
  • Understand the current needs of your audience and challenges they’re facing
  • Update your knowledge of national policy and local developments  


Contact Carolyn Goodbody for exhibition and sponsorship prices, or to discuss a tailored package to suit your needs and budget.

Fee Options

NHS, Schools & Public Sector



Voluntary sector & charities



Commercial organisations



Virtual Training



(Prices in brackets include VAT)


Additional delegate discount:

A discount of 15% will be applied to fees for any extra delegates.

Online discount:

A discount of 10% will be applied if you pay using the website.

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