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Pressure Ulcer Prevention Groups Won Innovation Award

NELFT's Pressure Ulcer Prevention Groups won the Innovation in Chronic Wound Care award for their delivery of this service to local people at the Nursing Times Awards on Wednesday 30 October.

The Nursing Times Awards showcases the innovation and best practice of nurses and midwives across the country. A spectacular evening of recognition, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane, the team headed by NELFT‘s Debbie Smith, Director of Nursing/ Patient Experience said:

“We’re delighted to receive such a prestigious national award, recognised amongst other NHS professionals. I would like to say a huge thank you to all that have been involved in this project across Health, Social Care and the Voluntary sector. The project was dependent on a strong partnership approach across organisational boundaries. I would like to say a special thank you to Debbie Wickens for her innovation and dedication to the project and to the prevention of pressure ulcers within the community”.

The award was for their work in pressure ulcer prevention, in particular for a suite of resources they have developed to enable early screening and education of patients by multi professional teams within NELFT, as well as carers and social workers within our local community.

The judges felt our winner demonstrated a collaborative and effective approach to multidisciplinary team workload and impact on patient outcomes. Our winner educated patients and carers in a practical and effective way. In developing this simple tool, our winner has addressed an issue that most people find “too hard”. Judges believe this idea is sustainable, adaptable and transferable.

NELFT Senior Tissue Viability Nurse Specialist, Debbie Wickens said

“I am so proud to be part of a team of colleagues crossing disciplines with a common goal to prevent the life changing and sometimes life ending consequences of pressure ulceration.   It was an honour to be part of such a prestigious celebration of nursing and we can’t wait to carry on the good work by spreading our ideas across NELFT and further.”