The NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group could win a HSJ and Nursing Times award later this year thanks to their work which reduced pressure ulcers in care homes by 75%.
‘React to Red’ is an NHS initiative 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 recognised thanks to an intensive face-to-face training programme within primary care settings which has improved quality life for elderly patients.
The CCG’s ‘React to Red’ approach was first shortlisted in the Nursing Times category for ‘Care of Older People’ in June 2019. The announcement today recognises this work for the HSJ ‘Patient Safety Award’.
Michelle Carrington, the CCG’s Executive Director of Quality and Nursing said: “To be recognised firstly by the Nursing Times and now the HSJ 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.”
“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.”
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 and are using new knowledge and skills to effectively manage pressure area care, promote skin integrity, recognise early signs of damage and prevent deterioration.
In September, the CCG’s Quality and Nursing Team will present their work to a panel of Nursing Times Judges, before presenting again two weeks later to the HSJ judges. Winners will be announced at award ceremonies on 30 October and 6 November 2019.
To view all shortlisted entries visit:
HSJ Patient Safety Awards: https://awards.hsj.co.uk/2019-shortlist
Nursing Times Awards: https://awards.nursingtimes.net/2019-shortlist