Pressure Ulcers

Pressure ulcers are an unwanted complication of illness, severe physical disability or increasing frailty. Approximately 412,000 people are likely to develop a new pressure ulcer annually in the UK and this presents a significant burden on the provision of healthcare within the NHS. In June 2015, the Scottish Government announced an expansion of the existing aim, to reduce acquired grade 2–4 pressure ulcers in hospitals and care homes in Scotland by 50% by 2017.

SPSP Networking Days - Pressure Ulcers - 12 May 2017

A half day event for frontline staff working with patients to reduce pressure ulcers in both acute and community settings.

Flash reports

SPSP event flash report
NHS Highland
NHS Lanarkshire
NHS Lothian


Diane Murray
Alison Hunter
Heather Hodgson and Rosie Cameron
Marilyn Johnson
An introduction to measurement for improvement
Tissue viability education

31 May 2016

This full day event looked at how teams within NHS boards are using quality improvement methods to realise the ambition to reduce pressure ulcers by 50% and explored how to improve the risk identification and assessment of pressure ulcers.

Flash report


Reducing pressure ulcers in Scotland

Reducing the incidence of pressure ulcers in NHS Forth Valley

An introduction to QI

Pressure ulcers - So what’s all the fuss about?