November is Stop the Pressure Month

November 2014 sees the first national focused month for the prevention of ulcers – Stop the Pressure Month.

The aim of the month is to build on the momentum of pressure ulcer prevention activity currently underway across many healthcare organisations and encourage healthcare professionals to utilise the Stop the Pressure resources as part of their improvement programmes – why reinvent the wheel!

The NHS England Patient Safety Domain and NHS England Midlands and East are working collaboratively in the planning and delivery of the month. As well as the TVS, support has been gained from the Nursing Times, Royal College of Nursing and NHS IQ.

Each week of November will have a specific focus of pressure ulcer prevention activity:

Week 1: Risk Assessment

Week 2: Prevention

Week 3: Treatment

Week 4: Audit & Review

During the month there will be a range of activities and events for people to engage with and NHS England are encouraging people to share what they are doing through social media using @STPressure and #stopthepressure.

As you probably already know, 20th November 2014 is world wide Stop Pressure Ulcer Day so NHS England felt that we should let the world know what the UK’s contribution is to one of the largest global patient safety challenges. To achieve this there will be a national World Wide Stop Pressure Ulcer Day conference – What’s Your Contribution?  At this event you will be able to hear from national leaders and experts in patient safety, leading researchers and real local champions for pressure ulcer prevention. The programme is nearly complete but you can register now (it’s free to attend but places are limited) at http://nhs.stopthepressure.co.uk/whats-happening.html. They would really love to know what you are doing throughout the month, so tweet Lyn McIntyre and Caroline Lecko at the Twitter accounts below to let them know your contribution.

Lyn McIntyre MBE, Deputy nurse, Director – Patient Experience, NHS England (Midlands & East) Lyn.mcintyre1@nhs.net Twitter: @McIntyrelyn

Caroline Lecko, Patient Safety Lead, NHS England, caroline.lecko@nhs.net Twitter: @clecko

We’d also love to know what your doing so feel free to contact the TVS via email on tvs@tvs.org.uk, Twitter @TVSUK or via Facebook to share what’s going on in your Trust.