NCHC leads the way in pressure ulcer care

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust (NCHC) are finalists for The HSJ Patient Safety Awards 2018, recognising teams or organisations which have successfully improved the safety of the care they deliver from across the NHS.

The Trust has been shortlisted in the ‘Patient Safety in the Community’ category of the 2018 awards for its reduction in pressure ulcers and increase in patient empowerment.

Anna Morgan, Director of Nursing and Quality at NCHC said: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted for The HSJ Patient Safety Awards.

“We have seen an increase in the age and fragility of patients. The development of pressure ulcers in the community has been a significant challenge. In 2016 around 2000 patients had pressure ulcers, 538 pressure ulcers affected patients aged 90-99 years and 43 in the 100 - 105 year age range.

“Our ambition was to reduce the number of patients living in the community from developing preventable pressure ulcers.

"Establishing a dedicated Pressure Ulcer Steering Group (PUSG) has been invaluable to our reduction in pressure ulcers and harm free care.

“The PUSG developed an action plan, researched best practice, designed systems, and put in place new processes across the Trust.

“In 2016 there were 346 incidents of preventable pressure ulcers within the community - this has now been reduced to133 to date”.

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in Manchester on July 9.

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