A NELFT pressure ulcer group have been shortlisted for the upcoming 2019 Nursing Times awards on Wednesday 30 October 2019. The team behind the 'Love Great Skin' pressure ulcer prevention campaign are the only NHS organisation in London to be shortlisted for the 'Innovation in Chronic Wound Management' category alongside NHS trusts and surgeries across the UK.
The ceremony, to be held once again at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane, London. is aimed at rewarding outstanding work performed by nurses across the healthcare sector. The Nursing Times Awards, which are now in their 29th year, are recognised as one of the most respected and relevant awards in the nursing and healthcare sector.
The 'Love Great Skin' education pack is full of advice and tips for carers on how they can support family members and patients living with pressure ulcers, focusing around key areas such as:
- Support surfaces
- Keeping people moving
- Keeping skin healthy
The pack also provides a helpful skin inspection guide to support early intervention, along with a 'Pressure Ulcer Triggers' checklist. This is only part of a suite of measures that NELFT has introduced to enable screening and education to be delivered by all our staff, and to reach out to vulnerable patients in their own homes.
The team have also designed a 'Pressure Ulcer Alert Card' to support our allied health professionals to care for our service users. The success of this campaign has seen this spread from our inpatient wards and is now used by our intensive rehabilitation services. The next phase is to introduce the pack for our colleagues across our community mental health teams.
Debbie Wickens, senior tissue viability nurse, who has been part of the team behind this project, found out the news while on holiday. On being shortlisted, Debbie said:
“We are so proud to be shortlisted amongst a prestigious group of nurses for this award. It’s a tribute to the work of nurses and AHPs throughout NELFT who have taken ownership of the need to reduce harm from pressure ulcers and worked in innovative ways to make this happen”
We will be catching up with Debbie and the team for a "behind the scenes" look at the award-nominated work. For now, you can download your free copy of the 'Love Great Skin' pressure ulcer prevention education pack at https://www.nelft.nhs.uk/harm-free-care
You can also watch an interview with Debbie and Daniel Kite, a service user with our Havering Tissue Viability team, who kindly spoke with us on the impact that pressure ulceration has had on his life and the simple steps we can all take to prevent these life-changing injuries.