22 November 2021
Stop The Pressure Day - Partnership Working In Practice To Support Patients & Carers Across Bedfordshire, Luton & Milton Keynes.
Bedfordshire Community Health Services, in alliance with Bedfordshire, Luton & Milton Keynes Commissioning Collaborative Group (BLMK CCG) and BLMK Integrated Care System, held their annual Stop The Pressure Day on Wednesday 18 November.
As specialists in their field, ELFT's Tissue Viability Nursing team ran and managed the event.
Stop The Pressure Day works to raise awareness regarding pressure damage/ulcers and the impact that they have on patients, relatives, the NHS and private care agencies. 
This year the event was aimed at care agencies (domiciliary and homes) as well as nursing homes to increase their knowledge on what pressure damage is, how to prevent it and the services that are available to support and assist. 
Occupational Therapy, Podiatry, and Trust Dieticians provided stalls for the day, and equipment provider Ultimate Healthcare were on hand to be consulted.  All come together as a multidisciplinary team in pressure ulcer prevention and management. 
Other organisations present throughout the day was Gamma Health Care, Attends and Smith & Nephew, all of whom are companies that supply essential products that are used within community services. 
Product supplier KCI medical were also present on the day. 
A talk on sepsis took place during the event. Sepsis is a high-risk factor for those with pressure damage and it is important that every opportunity is taken to raise awareness and discuss how carers can identify this. 
Commenting on the day's work, BHCS' Tissue Viability Nurse Stephanie Gee said: 
"A big thank you to everyone that took part in making Stop the Pressure Day a success this year.
"The generosity and hard work everyone puts in on the lead up to the day is really appreciated. This event is a really good example of what successful cross partnership working looks like." 
Gill Grant, Quality Improvement Nurse with the BLMK CCG said:
"The Quality Improvement  Nurses for Care Homes really appreciate the hard work that went into this event , especially by our Tissue Viability Nursing Service.
"It is heart-warming and exciting to know that professionals across BLMK wish to work together to raise awareness of how life-changing pressure damage can be, and that we can collectively by working together reduce the instances of this happening to our most vulnerable population."