A NELFT team has been shortlisted for the Journal of Wound Care Awards 2018 | News and events

A NELFT team has been shortlisted for the Journal of Wound Care Awards 2018 | News and events

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A NELFT team has been shortlisted for the Journal of Wound Care Awards 2018

The work of a NELFT team has been highlighted with the shortlisting in a category at this year’s JWC Awards. The Tissue Viability team have been shortlisted for their innovative work to prevent pressure ulcers. The Journal of Wound Care Awards ceremony will take place at Banking Hall in London on Friday 2 March.                           

The JWC Awards 2018 recognises the hard work done by health care professionals in all fields of wound care, to benchmark standards within wound care and to highlight the great contribution that nurses, clinicians, scientists, researchers and academics make to the development of wound-care research and practice.

The winners are chosen by a prominent panel of expert judges that is representative of the diversity of disciplines and organisations that make up the sector.

Debbie Wickens, Senior Tissue Viability Specialist Nurse, spoke about the shortlisting for the award and said: “Members of the Multi Incident Pressure Ulcer Investigation Group and the Pressure Ulcer Assurance and Working Groups are very excited to hear that their work has been shortlisted for the Journal of Wound Care Pressure Care Award. We will find out how we did at an awards ceremony in March.

“The award recognises innovative work in pressure ulcer prevention, and NELFT’s team was nominated as a result of their inventive approach to learning from pressure ulcer serious incidents in NELFT, and for applying this learning systemically across the organisation. This involves serious incident investigators working with a panel of experts and clinicians on the ground to understand exactly what went wrong when our patients develop a pressure ulcer.

“As a result, we have been able to make changes not to just how NELFT approaches pressure ulcer prevention, but to how we work with our partners in hospitals and social care, and we have seen a 45% drop in serious incident pressure ulcers since the project began.

“We are very proud to be shortlisted. A win would not just acknowledge the work of the groups, but reflect the hard work of clinicians across NELFT committed to providing the best care for the vulnerable patients we look after.”

Congratulations to the team for their award shortlisting and fingers crossed from all at NELFT.