Filter resources by focus area and profession

If you're working in one of the NHS England Patient Safety Collaboratives, we've tagged all of our resources according to the designated focus areas. We've also identified which resources we think are specifically useful to certain professions.

  • Harmfree Care

    This case study describes the implementation of the NHS Safety Thermometer into small units within the independent sector and the impact on patient safety that it had in these units.

  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

    This book chapter identifies six key areas of safety relevant to care at home including falls, wound management and unplanned hospital admissions. It provides guidelines for care in these areas tailored to the home care setting.

  • Harm Free Care Haelo, Guys’ and St Thomas

    The video introduces a new way to introduce patients to important information about their safety during a hospital stay. The information is presented in an ‘airline style’ briefing aimed at reducing avoidable complications – such as blood clots, pressure ulcers, or falls.

  • NHS Borders

    This video offers the opportunity to hear from the team at NHS Borders about their improvement work in reducing pressure ulcers. Ward 11 at Borders General Hospital was one of the early adopter sites to test a number of new approaches to preventing pressure ulcers in Scotland. The team will share with you the steps they took and the learning that they gained. The video is 8.5 minutes in length.

  • NHS Quality Improvement Scotland

    This best practice statement combines two previously separate documents originally drafted by the National Association of Tissue Viability Nurses in Scotland (NATVNS) and endorsed by NHS Quality Improvement Scotland (NHS QIS).

  • Healthcare Improvement Scotland

    This printable poster developed by Healthcare Improvement Scotland displays a safety cross to be placed in a public area (e.g. ward measures board). The aim is to provide an ‘at a glance’ view of the number of patients/clients who are developing a pressure ulcer in that ward/care home. Having this highly visible marker helps teams think about the changes needed to result in an improvement.

  • Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement

    Developed by the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement, this document contains a series of protocols for the prevention and management of pressure ulcers in acute health care and community settings. Although focused on the USA they are a useful resource for teams in other countries planning on developing similar protocols.

  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (ARHQ)

    The On-Time Quality Improvement for Long-Term Care Program was funded by AHRQ to improve nursing home care. The focus is on prevention and timely treatment during routine care. It provides access to tools which help document pressure ulcer healing and treatments. Reports to help monitor the healing process have been developed as part of the expansion of the On-Time Quality Improvement Program.


  • NHS England

    This website was produced by NHS England to support the NHS Stop the Pressure campaign. The project was initially developed by NHS Midlands and East and has now a national project. It includes various useful resources, videos and links.

  • Patient Safety First campaign website

    This subsite of the Patient Safety First collection highlights existing evidence and resources to help healthcare staff prevent pressure ulcers by reliably and promptly delivering all necessary interventions.

  • British Geriatrics Society

    This good practice guide from the British Geriatrics Society provides up to date information about the prevention and management of pressure ulcers and useful links to external sources of reference. 

  • European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel

    This is a link to the quick reference pressure ulcer prevention guidelines produced by the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel. This Quick Reference Guide summarizes evidence-based guidelines on pressure ulcer prevention and treatment.

  • Age and Ageing 2013

    This paper describes a randomized controlled trial of bed and bedside chair pressure sensors using radio-pagers (intervention group) compared to standard care (control group) in elderly patents admitted to acute, general medical wards in a large UK teaching hospital.

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    Tarnia Harrison - Tissue Viability Nurse Specialist, The Health Foundation

    This improvement report discusses work undertaken at Medway NHS Foundation Trust to reduce the incidence of pressure ulcers. The team involved designed a comprehensive database and investigated all acquired pressure ulcers through root cause analysis before creating an action plan. 

  • Healthcare Improvement Scotland

    Developed by Healthcare Improvement Scotland, this discussion paper provides information, guidance and examples to develop best practice in the prevention and management of pressure ulcers.

  • National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE)

    This NICE quick reference guide for pressure ulcer management contains a summary of the full guidelines for the assessment, prevention and management of pressure ulcers in primary and secondary care.

  • Institute for Healthcare Improvement

    This How-to Guide from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement provides a step by step guide to identifying patients at risk of pressure ulcers and reliably implementing prevention strategies for all patients who are identified as being at risk.