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Stop the Pressure: an update from NHS England

Suzanne Banks Professional Advisor, Pressure Ulcers at NHS England provided an update from NHS England on Stop the Pressure at today’s conference. In her presentation Suzanne discussed:  

  • the stop the pressure campaign and path details
  • Pressure Ulcers and the 6C’s: An update from NHS England

Suzanne Banks full presentation is available for download at the end of this page


Pressure Ulcers have a significant impact on an individual’s health and wellbeing and a huge impact on their families and carers.   Avoidable pressure ulcers are a key indicator of the quality of nursing care and preventing them from happening will improve care for our patients.

Stop the Pressure campaign began in the Midlands and East region to raise awareness of the risk factors and early warning signs of pressure ulcers with colleagues in all patient facing roles.  It was an area of patient safety that Ruth May, Regional Chief Nurse felt passionately about.

Through introducing ways to measure pressure ulcer prevalence and incidence there was an opportunity to be able to monitor the impact of the campaign. A 50% reduction of new pressure ulcers resulted, with key messages spread and good practice shared.

Whilst there have been many successes to speak of, we are now at a stage where the number of Pressure Ulcers is at a plateau. We are starting to see variations emerging across Organisations and we need to work together to understand why.

Sharing and spreading our experiences beyond the NHS into nursing and residential homes will ensure that no matter where someone is receiving care, the same high standards of quality will be apply.

Suzanne’s presentation gave an overview of the journey so far and the achievements along the way.  It highlighted the next steps and how we need to maintain the impetus of what has been such a highly effective safety improvement programme.

Suzanne remarked; "Pressure ulcers are a costly and avoidable harm....They are a significant cost to the NHS....Research in the Midlands and East Region has showed that 47% of pressure ulcers are occurring in non acute settings....NHS England’s priorities to reduce pressure ulcers are Research, Care Homes and Website Development."

Suzanne Banks Biography:

Suzanne is currently working in NHS England Midlands & East as a Professional Advisor within the Nursing Directorate.  Her main portfolio is leading the Pressure Ulcer Prevention Programme. She is also a Specialist Advisor for the CQC. 

Suzanne has held senior nursing roles across both Acute and Community services and Commissioning. Her most recent role being Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals at Mid Staffs Hospital for the final year prior to its dissolution in November 2014. 

Suzanne is a Registered General Nurse, Registered Children’s Nurse and Registered Health Visitor.  She has a BSc (Hons) Health Care and an MBA. She is passionate about Patient Care and believes that as clinicians, we have a duty to ensure that patients and their families receive the very best care in what could be the most vulnerable period in their lives. 

Suzanne is married with two daughters and in her spare time enjoys reading, going to the gym and the occasional spa trip. She’s also a big fan of TED talks, although kindly requests that no comparisons are made during her presentation. 

Future events of interest:

Eliminating Heel Pressure Ulcers
Thursday 24 September 2015 
ICO Conference Centre, London


Leading your Organisation to Zero-Harm
Thursday 22 October 2015 
Manchester Conference Centre, Manchester



Download: Suzanne Banks full presentation

2 July 2015


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