Developing eLearning for pressure ulcer prevention and management

Br J Nurs. 2014 Aug 12;23(15):S16, S18, S20 passim. doi: 10.12968/bjon.2014.23.Sup15.s16.


The impact of pressure ulcers is psychologically, physically and clinically challenging for both patients and NHS staff. NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHS GGC), in line with the Scottish Best Practice Statement for the Prevention and Management of Pressure Ulcers ( Quality Improvement Scotland, 2009 ), and the NHS Health Improvement Scotland (2011) Preventing Pressure Ulcers Change Package, launched an awareness campaign throughout the organisation in April 2012 and has more recently adopted a 'zero-tolerance' approach to pressure damage. The tissue viability service in NHS GGC recognised that in order to achieve this aim, education of front-line staff is essential. An educational framework for pressure ulcer prevention was developed for all levels of healthcare staff involved in the delivery of patient care. As a means to support the framework, an initiative to develop web-based eLearning modules has been taken forward. This has resulted in the creation of an accessible, cost-effective, stimulating, relevant, and evidence-based education programme designed around the educational needs of all healthcare staff. In conjunction with the organisation's 'top ten tools' for pressure ulcer prevention and management, the modular online education programme addresses the aims of quality improvement and zero tolerance by supporting the provision of safe and effective person-centered care.

Keywords: Continuing education; Evidence-based practice; Knowledge and Skills Framework; Online learning; Pressure ulcer.

MeSH terms

  • Health Policy
  • Humans
  • Learning*
  • Pressure Ulcer / prevention & control*
  • Pressure Ulcer / therapy*
  • State Medicine
  • United Kingdom