Reducing Pressure Ulcers in Care Homes

From May 2016–December 2017, the Scottish Patient Safety Programme (SPSP) worked in collaboration with Scottish Care, the Care Inspectorate and with the support of five health and social care pilot sites on an improvement programme to reduce pressure ulcers in care homes. This programme had an improvement aim to reduce pressure ulcers in care homes by 50% by December 2017.

As part of this work, a range of tools and resources were developed and tested that help prevent pressure ulcers in the care home setting. These resources and other helpful links can now be found under the “information for professionals” section on the Reducing Pressure in Care Homes website.

These exceptional resources are free to share courtesy of: 

  • Argyll and Bute HSCP
  • Dumfries and Galloway HSCP
  • East Dunbartonshire HSCP
  • NHS Highland
  • Perth and Kinross HSCP

All five pilot sites plan to continue their quality improvement work in order to reduce the incidence of pressure ulcers and so the resources may be updated.

If you have an enquiry about the programme or its resources, please contact the team

Improvement Programme Resources

Click on the links below to find out more information about the Reducing Pressure Ulcers in Care Homes (RPUCH) Improvement Programme. 

Patient Story

This is a patient story that illustrates the impact of pressure ulcers.

Jill Paterson is the public partner in our steering group and she ensures service users’ voice guides our work. Although her story is not in a care home setting we have used her story to encourage discussions with care homes on opportunities for improvement as many themes could be transferable. 

Learning Sessions and Events

Induction Event, 27 & 28 June 2016, Teacher Building, Glasgow

Care home staff and health care staff attended local learning sessions in September and October 2016. This was an opportunity to come together, to learn about quality improvement methodology and discuss where they would focus their improvements. Care homes are now developing their first tests of change to reduce pressure ulcers.