Pressure Ulcer Reminder wheel nominated for major award

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust has been shortlisted for the Patient Safety Awards under the 'Patient Safety in the Community' category with a submission for their ‘Sefton Pressure Ulcer Reminder’ (SPUR) wheel.

Initially drawn on a piece of paper and transferred to a cardboard template, the wheel was developed to support all clinical staff in Mersey Care in the identification and management of pressure ulcers.

The wheel was launched across our Sefton Community Division on National Pressure Ulcer Awareness Day (16 November 2017) and a copy was made available to every member of staff within the division.

A team of health professionals from South Sefton Community Services Division and other divisions from Mersey Care organised a road show, travelling to several locations throughout the trust, including Mersey Care head office to promote the day. 

The team engaged with more than 200 staff and they shared educational resources and best practice for reducing the risk of pressure ulcers, as well as discussing some of the initiatives being implemented with a variety of clinical and non-clinical staff including the SPUR wheel.  

The following charts show the number of community acquired pressure ulcers reported by grade by Seaforth and Litherland District Nursing Team – chart A shows incidents reported between June and December 2016 and chart B shows incidents reported between June and December 2017 (following implementation of the teams pressure ulcer reduction programme and then SPUR wheel). 

Chart A - Total: 61

Chart B - Total: 24


Judith Malkin, Associate Director at Mersey Care, said:It's essential staff are able to recognise which patients are at risk of developing pressure ulcers early on and implement preventative measures.

"The SPUR wheel, developed by staff, plays an important role in the prevention of pressure ulcers in the community. The wheel helps health professionals maintain high standards of excellence in clinical practice throughout the organisation.”

The team will now prepare to head to London in May to present their entry to a judging panel and explain why they should be in with a chance to win the prestigious award, which will be announced in July.