Virgin Care’s Tissue Viability Nursing Team has been shortlisted for a Patient Safety Award for their work on pressure ulcer prevention which showed significant reductions in pressure ulcers reported.
Jenny and the team are nominated in the Education and Training in Patient Safety category for the annual Patient Safety Congress and Awards. Pressure Ulcers cost the NHS many millions of pounds each year; also known as ‘bedsores’ they are localised injuries to skin and the underlying tissue which occurs over bony areas on the body as a result of pressure and friction.
As part of the project, the team delivered more than 500 hours of education sessions to around 250 colleagues in Virgin Care’s community nursing service, other providers’ staff in residential homes in Surrey and in Care at Home agencies. The project was delivered in collaboration with healthcare supplier Mölnlycke Health Care.
Following the training project an audit showed a 57% reduction in pressure ulcers among patients living in residential homes and around 35% for patients living in their own home.
Jenny Hindley, Virgin Care’s Tissue Viability Clinical Lead, said: “Pressure ulcers are a big issue for the NHS and social care services, but they’re entirely preventable through a combination of education, awareness and the right skills and equipment.
“This project made a big difference and allowed us to raise awareness and skills among the Surrey health economy. We’re very proud of the project and the work we did and grateful for the support we received from Mölnlycke Health Care. This project really has made a difference and we’re pleased to be recognised for our work.”
Alison Hedley, National Clinical Manager at Mölnlycke Health Care, said: “It was a true collaboration from the start between Virgin Care and Mölnlycke Health Care. As a project it fostered a shared responsibility to promote patients safety. The workshops were so well received by staff and formal carers that it was an extremely rewarding experience for us. We hope to continue to work together to ensure this project has longevity.”
The Patient Safety Congress and Awards ceremony takes place on 5-6 July at Manchester Central Convention Complex.
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