National Stop the Pressure programme: one year on
National Stop the Pressure programme: One year on − our focus for improvement November 2017
Pressure ulcers are an avoidable and costly harm. In the NHS in England from April 2015 to the end of March 2016, 24,674 patients were reported to have developed a new pressure ulcer (according to NHS Digital) while the average length of stay in hospital for patients with pressure ulcers is 25 days. Furthermore, progress on improving this situation has stalled since 2015, despite the work that has been done.
Our national ‘Stop the Pressure’ programme launched in November 2016 aims to create a significant culture shift and eliminate avoidable pressure ulcers in acute, community and mental health provider settings. We are working with partners, particularly frontline staff, NHS England and the Academic Health Science Network to deliver this.
In support of our improvement work, 172 trusts submitted improvement plans earlier this year that highlight great work being done at trust level across the regions and good evidence of partnership-working across health and social care settings. They also signpost areas for more exploration, alongside the work of the programme. Below we outline some common themes that emerged from this work.
Read the full NHS Improvement document here
Conferences of interest:
Pressure Ulcers Summit
Thursday 7 December 2017
Manchester Conference Centre, Manchester
Eliminating Heel Pressure Ulcers
Friday 23 March 2018
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London
23 November 2017