YOUR-TURNThe campaign has been in existence for over 8 years and has seen huge changes in the profile of pressure ulcers in the acute setting. As part of APEX’s education programme we are able to offer access to the Your Turn campaign and collaborate with them to create a comprehensive strategy to reduce the incidence rates of pressure ulcers throughout your organisation.

One of the challenges facing the health economy at large is the move of care from the acute setting into the community and the inherent risk that this brings with it in terms of the increase in pressure ulcers. To this end Your Turn has spent the last two years working with Trusts developing a package of support and education that help communities tackle the issue of pressure ulcer prevention head on.

The packages are bespoke to each organization that Your Turn works with and can include a variety of different tools including pressure ulcer prevention training programmes for formal carers, GP packages and programmes to support both nursing and residential care homes.

Most of the Trusts that Your Turn work with set objectives that determine a defined decrease in the number of pressure ulcers admitted to hospital, an increase in referrals to the district nursing teams and a record of the number of people who have been through the training programmes that form part of the plan.

Example of Implementation

In East Lancashire the NHS Trust joined forces with Your Turn through a campaign funded directly by the CCG. The programme was aimed at residential homes in one specific geographical location that had a particularly bad incident rate of pressure ulcers (grade 2-­4).

The CCG targeted a 12% reduction in incident rates and Your Turn set about working with the 24 residential homes to provide training for all staff and supporting documentation to demonstrate that the job of prevention was being taken seriously.

Just three months after the last training session took place the Trust has recorded a 25% decrease in the incident rates. Further training is now planned for late September to capture any additional members of staff who wish to take part in the programme.