Preventing Pressure Ulcers - e-Learning for Healthcare
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  • Health Education Thames Valley
  • Health Education Wessex

About the Preventing Pressure Ulcers programme

Having a pressure ulcer can be a painful and unpleasant experience. A large number of pressure ulcers are believed to be avoidable. The Preventing Pressure Ulcers online learning resource is aimed at registered nursing staff, working within a hospital Trust, community or a care home setting, to help reduce the number of pressure ulcers.

This work was commissioned by the Thames Valley and Wessex e-Learning Club, a consortium of 14 NHS Trusts, and delivered by Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare.

Programme background

NICE and European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP) guidelines currently state that a pressure ulcer risk assessment must be undertaken on admission or transfer to another area (or first visit in the community). This programme will enable registered nurses to demonstrate their ability to accurately grade, risk assess and manage pressure ulcers. The programme can be used to supplement existing training provision and may also be of benefit to healthcare assistants and allied health professionals.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Identify patients at risk of developing a pressure ulcer
  • Recognise the grade of a pressure ulcer using the EPUAP classification tool
  • Identify the difference between a pressure ulcer and a moisture lesion
  • List the possible actions to prevent the occurrence or deterioration of a pressure ulcer
  • Recognise the need to review and adjust interventions in a timely manner
  • Recognise the importance of recording all assessments, interventions and reviews

Open access session

  • Preventing Pressure Ulcers

    This session is to make clinical healthcare workers more aware of the key aspects of pressure ulcer prevention. Having a pressure ulcer can be a painful and unpleasant experience. A large number of pressure ulcers are believed to be avoidable. This course is aimed at registered nursing staff, working within a hospital Trust, community or a care home setting, to help reduce the number of pressure ulcers.

Project Team

  • Jackie Ross

    Jackie Ross

    Tissue Viability Clinical Nurse Specialist, Tissue Viability Service at Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
  • Sarah Warner

    Sarah Warner

    Senior Tissue Viability Nurse, Oxfordshire Community Tissue Viability Service at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Rowena Perry

    Rowena Perry

    Library Services and e-Learning Manager, Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
  • Alison Potter

    Alison Potter

    e-Learning Programme Manager, Health Education Thames Valley and Health Education Wessex
  • Mark Millar

    Project Manager, e-Learning for Healthcare
  • e-LfH staff - Jen Van Iwaarden

    Jen VanIwaarden

    Instructional Designer, e-Learning for Healthcare

How to access

In order to access any e-LfH programme, you will need an e-LfH account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below.

Register >

If you already have an account with e-LfH, then you can enrol on to the Preventing Pressure Ulcers programme by logging in to the e-LfH Hub, selecting My Account > Enrolment and selecting the programme. You can then access the programme immediately in the My e-Learning section.

NHS healthcare staff in England

The Preventing Pressure Ulcers programme is also available to NHS healthcare staff via the Electronic Staff Record (ESR). Accessing this e-Learning via ESR means that your completions will transfer with you throughout your NHS career.

Further details are available here.

Available to all

The Preventing Pressure Ulcers e-learning is available to access using the open access session page in the left hand menu. If you access the content using this link, you will not have to log in but your activity will not be tracked and you will not be able to generate a record of completion.

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