"Avoidable pressure ulcers are a key indicator of the quality and experience of patient care. Despite progress since 2012 in the management of pressure ulcers they remain a significant healthcare problem and 700,000 people are affected by pressure ulcers each year. Treating pressure ulcers costs the NHS more than £3.8 million every day.
The ‘Stop the Pressure’ campaign was originally launched by NHS Midlands and East as part of their ambition to make life better for patients. The campaign is now managed by NHS Improvement under the leadership of Dr Ruth May, Executive Director of Nursing and forms part of a key ambition to support the improvement of standards of safe care.
The first year of the campaign saw providers in the Midlands and East of England achieving a 50% reduction in pressure ulcers. This was delivered by raising awareness of the causes of pressure ulcers via an extensive communication strategy, understanding the early warning signs, taking preventative measures and utilising SSKIN and the NHS Safety Thermometer. Front line staff were motivated to drive improvement in patient care for patients in their care settings Subsequent years have seen the improvement sustained and the campaign expand across some other regions.
The campaign is now being rolled out nationally to coordinate and support a sustained reduction in pressure ulcer prevalence over a period of 2 years. This will be an ambitious target that with the support of front line staff, patients and other colleagues is achievable.
The Stop the Pressure website is an improvement resource for health professionals and patients to access current information for the benefit of all at risk of pressure ulcers. It is complemented by the National Stop the Pressure Day in November each year which seeks to further raise awareness of pressure ulcers and build further movement in driving up standards of care." READ MORE HERE
In support of #stopthepressure2017 day on Thursday 16 November, we are offer a 20% Discount at the following events: Quote HCUK20stop when booking
Pressure Ulcers Summit
Thursday 7 December
Manchester Conference Centre
Eliminating Heel Pressure Ulcers
Friday 23 March
De Vere West One Conference Centre
16 November 2017