Care Homes                    

Welcome

This care home section of the website has been developed to:

  • promote staff awareness within care homes and nursing homes of the importance of preventing pressure ulcers
  • raise staff awareness around identifying changes in an individual which may increase their risk of developing pressure damage
  • highlight resources and tools that are available to support training and education programmes
  • share Love Great Skin resources – the result of the Midlands and East joint initiative with Wounds UK
  • identify good practice and disseminate resources used by other care homes

Please find links to resources that are available to download for your individual areas.

Your Turn

The Your Turn Campaign aims to prevent pressure ulcers through education. We help people understand who is at risk, and what they can do to avoid getting a pressure ulcer.

Click on the link:
Your turn

Prosper

This project seeks to improve safety and reduce harm for care home residents across north-east and west Essex by developing the skills of those working in care homes through education, measurement and culture change.

See more at:
http://www.health.org.uk/programmes/closing-gap-patient-safety/projects/prosper-promoting-safer-provision-care-elderly#sthash.NXNCiCep.dpuf

Birmingham Community Healthcare Trust

Resources for care agencies, residential homes and patients including Pressure Ulcer trigger tool (PUT), workbook, DVDs & eLearning can be found under resources.

Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership Trust

SSOTP have created a learning resource working in partnership with the wider health care community to reduce pressure ulcers.

Resources on checking equipment, SSKIN bundles for patients and carers, training resources and patient information leaflets.

Click on this link for further information: http://www.staffordshireandstokeontrent.nhs.uk/tissue-viability-equipment

Love Great Skin Downloads

The Love Great Skin campaign was produced by Wounds UK on behalf of Midlands and East NHS to raise awareness of pressure ulcers in the care home and nursing home setting.

The pack comprises a number of tools, which utilise the five key elements of a simple care plan (known as SSKIN), and is supported by a series of 'how to guides' to help optimise care for at risk patients.

Encourage your colleagues use the tools and learn how they can help to reduce the number of pressure ulcers where you work.

The toolkit can be used together with a simple five-step care plan (called a SSKIN bundle) to improve pressure ulcer care.

Record the number of pressure ulcers that occur on the downloadable Safety Cross and display in a public place to ensure everyone can see it day to day.

View the Love Great Skin Website

MiSkin Matters

The MI SKIN trigger tool is an initiative developed by Barchester Healthcare to raise staff awareness in its care homes around identifying changes in an individual which may increase their risk of developing pressure damage on a daily basis.

Initially developed as a trigger tool, it has now evolved to include the handover process and raise the level of awareness for all staff, relatives and residents in the home.

The provision of badges, posters and cue cards has raised the profile of the MI SKIN Matters campaign and encouraged questions to be raised from anyone entering and working in the home.

Communication during handover now includes the MI SKIN trigger tool. This has provided our nurses with prompts that they can work through in ensuring clinical information and small changes to a persons wellbeing are highlighted and therefore staff awareness raised. This may include any changes to their mobility, wellness, continence and nutrition. Preventative management can then be put in place.

React to Red



A Case Study in Community Education
Your Turn in partnership with Coventry and Rugby CCG

In January 2014 Your Turn was approached by Coventry and Rugby Clinical Commissioning Group to put together a community focused education campaign to tackle the growing issue of avoidable pressure ulcers in the region.

Working alongside the CCG, Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust, University Hospitals of Coventry & Warwickshire and Coventry City Council, Your Turn developed a community education programme that would see formal carers provided with access to free training and tools to make their day to day lives easier and a focus on GPs and practice nurses as a portal for information for members of the general public.

It was decided to join the community work to the campaign that was already running within the hospitals - called React To Red Skin. Using the same logos, Your Turn set about developing a range of community support tools that would enable ALL carers, both formal and informal to better understand the risk that an individual was under and what to do when this risk increased beyond acceptable levels.

The campaign was launched to the region in May of 2014 with an event that saw 90 key stakeholders attend including care home and nursing home managers, key staff from the city council, representatives from all the district nursing teams, local GPs and key people from within the third sector in Coventry. Following on from this launch, which was primarily carried out to gain additional support for the campaign, the team communicated its range of free training courses that would be running over the following six month period.

On the back of this training the CCG and City Council decided to launch an accreditation scheme which would drive up standards in residential and nursing home care in the city. The aim was for organisations to have 75% of their staff trained under the React to Red Skin campaign and then to complete a further evidence-based checklist to be considered for accreditation by the scheme. Since the start of the campaign this idea has developed and accreditation is now going to be linked to the central contracts with accredited organisations attracting bonus payments.

In 6 months, 18 days of training were delivered with over 500 formal carers trained. The posters and leaflets are readily available in all GP’s surgeries and are proactively being offered to those people considered to be ‘At Risk’ by practice nurses. The Pressure Ulcer Triggers tool and Safety Cross is being used by all residential and nursing homes in the city with posters and leaflets readily available to residents and residents family members.

In addition to this a communications strategy was put in place by the CCG which resulted in a front cover piece in the local newspaper and a radio interview on the local BBC radio station as well as coverage in all the city council publications.

For more information on how Your Turn can support local campaigns or to find out more about the React To Red Skin campaign please contact Claire James at Claire@your-turn.org.uk or call 0800 0196256.