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Success during #StopThePressure campaign

On 16/10, the Quality Always team visited numerous DCHS sites from all over Derbyshire (see below for the list). During their visits, the team spoke with colleagues about the great work they've done as well as document it with loads of fantastic pictures!

In association with STOP Pressure Day on Thursday 16 November, the Quality Always Team and Amy Pierrepont (Tissue Viability Clinical Trainer and Facilitator) hosted a social media storm!  The day was all about raising awareness of pressure ulcers and was a great way for teams to showcase and celebrate their achievements in relation to embedding best practice for Pressure Ulcer Prevention and to help raise awareness of pressure ulcers, as part of their Quality & Safe Care Champion roles.  Posts and tweets were shared on the Quality Always closed Facebook page (search DCHSFT Quality Always) and we've attached some highlights below - but you can also find them posted on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts! Thank you and well done to all those teams involved in supporting and sharing their work.

What is #StopThePressure all about?

Avoidable pressure ulcers are a key indicator of the quality and experience of patient care. Despite progress since 2012 in the management of pressure ulcers they remain a significant healthcare problem and 700,000 people are affected by pressure ulcers each year. Treating pressure ulcers costs the NHS more than £3.8 million every day.

We know that many pressure ulcers are preventable, so when they do occur they can have a profound impact on the overall wellbeing of patients and can be both painful and debilitating (Moore et al 2009). Preventing them will improve care for all vulnerable patients.

The ‘Stop the Pressure’ campaign was originally launched by NHS Midlands and East as part of their ambition to make life better for patients. The campaign is now managed by NHS Improvement under the leadership of Dr Ruth May, Executive Director of Nursing and forms part of a key ambition to support the improvement of standards of safe care.


Teams/locations visited

  • Alton Ward
  • Ripley MIU and OPD Ward
  • Ripley ICT
  • Heanor ICT
  • Belper ICT
  • Baron Ward
  • AV SPA
  • Babington Day Unit and Belper MSK OPD
  • Swadlincote ICT
  • Buxton ICT
  • Spencer ward
  • Fenton Ward
  • CQUIN and PET teams