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Pressure Ulcers Summit

News and updates from today's Pressure Ulcers Summit chaired by Tina Chambers, Past Chair of the Tissue Viability Society, Tissue Viability Consultant, Editor and Advisor.

In her opening address Tina talked about the importance of sharing best practice and then went on to give an update on measuring pressure ulcers. She said there is currently variation in practice due to inconsistency in how pressure ulcers are defined and reported, she said; "it is important that we are all using the same definition and reporting in the same way." A national measurement tool will hopefully be released in the next 2-3 weeks. On education Tina said a new curriculum has been developed for nursing and midwifery staff using a framework based on the SSKIN bundle.  Tina also updated the audience on the work of the Carter team based within NHS Improvement, they are looking at wound care in mental health and community settings focusing on; benchmarking using wound care metrics, supply and distribution chain, best practice for pathway redesign.

Implementing the new National Safeguarding Adults Protocol, Pressure Ulcers and the interface with a Safeguarding Enquiry
Vicky Evans, Tissue Viability Nurse, Birmingham Community Healthcare
Full power point presentation

After sharing her experience of implementing the safeguarding protocol Vicky said key challenges in terms of safeguarding include; meeting zero pressure ulcer prevalence, assessing mental capacity, understanding 'best interests', the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguard system, and attendance at highler level safeguarding training.

Pre-event abstract: Pressure Ulcers and Safeguarding – Promoting a National Standard
Achieving zero prevalence of avoidable pressure ulcers has been high on the nursing agenda since 2011. Safeguarding alerts alleging neglect following the development of pressure ulcers have long created pressure on social workers who have found themselves investigating matters of care quality, not abuse. Recognition of when and when not to raise an alert can be problematic. It appears also that in some areas of the country there is still a problem with care providers not referring pressure ulcers to healthcare services in a timely manner. A new safeguarding protocol published by the Department of Health and Social Care aims to equip practitioners and care providers to tackle this problem. 
Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has seen real success in reducing pressure ulcer prevalence, and has effective processes in place to enable staff to recognise when and when not to safeguard. This presentation looks at how things have changed in the City of Birmingham, and where the new protocol might fit in. 

A Collaborative Approach to reducing pressure ulcers
Julie Molyneaux, 
Deputy Director of Nursing, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust

Pre-event abstract 
East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust established a Pressure Ulcer Collaborative to achieve their aim of a 15% reduction in acquired grade 2 pressure ulcers and to eliminate grade 3 and 4 pressure ulcers across the hospital and community.
Using quality improvement methodology they worked with a number of pilot wards and community teams to achieve this aim and following the collaborative, introduced a Change Package to be used in conjunction with the spread phase. 
The community nursing teams worked closely with a number of Care Homes to support their pressure ulcer reduction journey and improve education and communication amongst staff.
Describing the journey and steps taken and examples of what and how they achieved their aim, the presentation will share data throughout the process and the many lessons learned.

Zero Pressure Ulcers: Sustaining the prevention of pressure ulcers through engaging frontline staff and working with community and care homes
Lorraine Jones, Tissue Viability Lead Nurse, The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
Full power point presentation

Pre-event abstract
Since the Midlands and East “stop the pressure“ Campaign, the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust has worked continually to strive for engagement with staff both in acute, community and care home settings. Data is continually analysed to understand trends and lessons learnt. These lessons have been shared across each sector. New innovations have been implemented and evaluated Wolverhampton is now seeing significant improvement in patient outcomes and care.

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