pressure ulcers

prevention is better than cure.

pressure ulcers

prevention is better than cure.

pressure ulcers

prevention is better than cure.

Success Completion of Community Projects

Posted by clairejames on September 21, 2017

We have recently come to the end of three major community projects in Worcester, Hackney and Hounslow that have focused on providing basic knowledge around prevention of pressure ulcers to community based care staff.

Whilst our hospitals are demonstrating some fantastic work in the area of pressure ulcer prevention, communities are often forgotten when it comes to education.  It is typically a very difficult market to engage due to pressure of staffing, unpaid training time and lack of budgets.  This is also set against a backdrop of no legal requirement on social care organisations to have their staff trained in pressure ulcer prevention despite the fact that they are dealing with some of the most vulnerable people in a community.

Despite this, all three projects have been very successful with high attendances, successful train the trainer courses implemented for sustainability and a community education message used to increased general awareness in a local community about the risks of pressure ulcers.

In Worcestershire 770 carers were trained over a six month period with 71 organisations proactively engaging in the training.
In Hackney 12 providers were targeted over a four month period with 215 staff trained over 16 sessions and four highly successful and well attended Train the Trainer sessions hosted at the end of the programme.
The Hounslow project is the most recent project to finish, targeting primarily the domiciliary care market.  This is probably the most challenging group of carers to engage as it’s a very transient workforce with people often working for more than one agency and sometimes moving 3-4 times in a year.  Despite these challenges we were still able to train 265 over 14 training sessions with two Train the Trainer sessions delivered and attended by some of the more proactive organisations in the area.

At Your Turn we still believe that pressure ulcer prevention has to be a whole healthcare community approach if it is to have lasting and significant results.  Communities are not measured on their engagement or results in the same way that hospitals are so therefore we have to find different ways of encouraging more people to further their own knowledge on this subject area.  Starting with our professional care workers is an obvious place to begin and helping them to understand their pivotal role in the protection of our vulnerable and in spreading the wider message is key to long term reductions of pressure ulcers.