An initiative by Vale of York NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) which reduced pressure ulcers in care homes by 75% has been shortlisted for a Nursing Times Award.
‘React to Red’ is an NHS campaign which aims to educate people on pressure ulcer prevention and the simple steps that can be taken to avoid them. By adapting this national approach, the CCG has been shortlisted in the Care of Older People category thanks to an intensive face-to-face training programme within primary care settings which has improved quality life for elderly patients.
1736 eligible staff from care homes, Learning Disability/Mental Health providers, day care facilities, extra care housing facilities and respite providers engaged with the CCG are using new knowledge and skills to effectively manage pressure area care, promote skin integrity, recognise early signs of damage and prevent deterioration.
Michelle Carrington, the CCG’s Executive Director of Quality and Nursing said: “Residents in care homes often have complex care needs, are increasingly frail and are therefore at high risk of developing pressure ulcers. Although largely preventable, when pressure ulcers do occur the impact on the lives of our most vulnerable is significant with implications such as pain, reduced mobility, social isolation and increased support from health and care services.
“To be recognised by the Nursing Times Awards is an excellent achievement and brilliant news for the dedicated team who delivered the React to Red approach across the Vale of York. We could not have achieved this without the unwavering determination of the care home staff to keep their residents safe from harm.”
In September the CCG’s Quality and Nursing project team will travel to London and present the React to Red programme to a panel of Nursing Times judges. Winners will be announced in an award ceremony held on 31 October 2019.
All shortlisted entries are listed on the Nursing Times Awards website: https://awards.nursingtimes.net/2019-shortlist
More information about the React to Red programme can be found on the CCG's webpage.