With more than 130 entries submitted across the Health Innovation Network & Health Education South London Innovation Grants & Recognition Awards programme this year, the Inpatient Surgical Team received a Recognition Award.

David McCall, Tissue Viability Nurse spoke regarding the award saying: “I am very proud of the work undertaken by the Surgical Division during their ‘Pressure Ulcer Awareness Month’ to reduce the incident rates of pressure ulcers. The number of staff contacts made was phenomenal and all their effort is reflected in the excellent results that can now be seen across the division. The work was an excellent initiative and should be shared across the trust so that their efforts can be recognised.”

Richard Ridings, Practice Educator, also commented saying: “The key to making the initiative work was in raising awareness of pressure ulcers and their prevention and empowering staff of all grades to raise the bar in this area of patient safety. This was done by looking at key areas such as prevention strategies, skin inspection, the importance of documentation and communication and feeding back to ward leaders on audit results undertaken during the project. There has been a noticeable and measurable improvement in all aspects of pressure ulcer prevention on all 7 surgical wards as to date there have been no grade 3 or 4 pressure ulcers since.”

HIN and HESL Patient Safety Team were delighted to read about the work the team had done and are keen to use and share this work with the South London Patient Safety Community of Practice around Pressure Ulcers.

Pictured L-R: Tsering Chodon (Ward Sister Keate), Lesley Law (Matron), Subi Menon (Matron), David McCall (Tissue Viability Nurse), Stephanie Sweeney (Head of Nursing) and Richard Ridings (Practice Educator).