Pressure Ulcer Research: Dissemination and Implementation Conference, 5th February

LTHT and LCH have first-hand experience of implementing the findings of pressure ulcer research in Acute and Community care settings.  A conference has been organised to share the programme results and their clinical application with colleagues on 5th February 2015.

Five years ago an unprecedented £2 million, nurse led, programme of research was funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR).  This was programme was led by Prof Jane Nixon of the University of Leeds.  Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT) was the host NHS organisation; other collaborators included Leeds Community Healthcare (LCH), Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.  Research was undertaken in  30 NHS Trusts and involved 6735 patients.

The aim of the programme was to reduce the impact of pressure ulcers (PUs) on patients.  The outputs of this programme have led to the development of an evidenced based risk assessment framework, to improve the identification of patients at risk of PU development and those with existing PU’s; an understanding of the role of pressure area pain as a predictor of PU development and the organisational factors which contribute to the development of severe PUs.  The Programme also captured patient reported quality of life issues related to PUs.

These findings are now being incorporated into practice.  The new risk assessment framework, PURPOSE T (Pressure Ulcer Risk Primary or Secondary Evaluation Tool) has already been implemented in early adopter Trusts (acute and community) and is ready for wider implementation across the NHS.  PURPOSE T  is available free here 

Attendance at the conferenceis free and places are still available.  Email to reserve your place and further details leedsth-tr.tissue-viability@nhs.net