The International Wounds Conference
In 2014, 27,000 people were found to have a pressure ulcer each month (NHS England 2014). These wounds inflict a considerable health economic burden on the United Kingdom’s (UK) National Health Service and wound care is currently estimated to cost the NHS £5 billion per year (Guest et al. 2015).
In 2014/5 the NHS Litigation Authority received 277 claims relating to pressure ulcers, 172 of these claims were successful costing £7,258,610.14 in damages. In February 2017, a senior coroner voiced serious concerns about a lack of tissue viability nurses in his locality after investigating the death of an elderly woman who died from sepsis caused by infected pressure ulcers.
Patients or their relatives are equipped with information and support to complain or take legal action for the harm that is caused because of pressure ulceration. Therefore, health and social care practitioners should ensure they are found not guilty of negligence and are attentive of professional, legal and employment sanctions, penalties and financial awards.
The conference is a one day event for up to 300 health and social care professionals and will provide opportunity to reflect and focus upon 2 legal cases where patients have developed pressure ulcers. Through simulations and keynote lectures delegates will explore the role of those initiating and investigating cases such as these including the role of the: Harm Free Care Panel, exploring Human Factors, Patient Advice and Liaison Service, Solicitors (Patient/Family and Organisation), Union, Professional Regulatory Bodies and Coroner. Throughout the day there will be opportunities where delegates will be asked to reflect and vote on the cases and actions taken, culminating in an exploration of professional, legal and employment sanctions, penalties and financial awards.
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Registration and Coffee
Abigail Harrison, Associate Director, Haelo
Role of the Harm Free Care Panel
Anna Gorman, Lecturer in Adult Nursing, Rob Kennedy, Lecturer in CYP Nursing, Melanie Stephens, Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing, Sue Walker, Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing, University of Salford
The delegates will participate in the Harm Free Care Panels of the 2 cases and make judgements in regards to whether the pressure ulcers were avoidable/unavoidable and whether anything could have been better or needed to change?
Role of the Patient Advice and Liaison Service
Dylan Edwards, Assistant Director Patient Safety, Salford Royal Foundation Trust
The main role of the PALS officer is to be a facilitator for the patients, relatives and carers who have a question or concern about their NHS treatment. This presentation will focus on the role of the PALS in relation to the 2 cases.
Refreshments and Networking Event
Role of the solicitor - representing the family/organisation/practitioner
Nicole Ridgwell, Ridout Solicitors, London
Nicole will explore the role of the solicitor in regards to providing legal support and guidance in relation to the 2 cases to the family, organisation and individual practitioner.
Lunch & Networking
Medicareplus International Ltd: Managing Moisture-Associated Skin Damage with Total Barrier Protection™: Examining the importance of a structured skin care protocol involving appropriate cleansing and barrier application to prevent and manage skin damage from excessive moisture.
Urgo: An Interactive Seminar Session looking at:
Role of the professional regulatory bodies
Leyonie Higgins, Lecturer in CYP Nursing, Dawn Gawthorpe Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing, Carol Bartley Lecturer in Occupational Therapy
This session will explore the role of the UK regulators of health practitioners in protecting the public, setting standards for entry to the registers, and taking action when health practitioners do not meet these standards.
Exploration of professional, legal and employment sanctions, penalties and financial awards
Nicole Ridgwell, Leyonie Higgins, Dawn Gawthorpe, Carol Bartley
This session will explore actual professional, legal and employment sanctions that are applied in cases where patient safety and care quality have been breached.
Mr Nigel Meadows, H.M Senior Coroner for Manchester (City) Area
According to the Manchester Guidelines “There are two main reasons for deaths to be reported to the coroner: either that the cause of death is unknown or that death was “violent or unnatural”…. Pressure sores can be viewed as a manifestation of severe debility and immobilisation, in much the same way as bronchopneumonia. If the underlying condition is natural—for example, cerebral infarction, then death as a result of sepsis secondary to pressure sores may also be viewed as natural. However, pressure sores are avoidable with appropriate levels of care and a verdict of “natural causes aggravated by neglect” might in some instances be appropriate. Because this verdict is dependent upon the circumstances of the death, and quality of care, an inquest is necessary to collect the available evidence. Therefore, most of these deaths will necessitate the opening of an inquest. Of course, if pressure sores follow immobilisation secondary to an injury, then the verdict will depend upon the circumstances of the injury." This presentation will explore the role of the Coroner with cases where patients have died as the result of Sepsis from pressure ulcers.
Melanie Stephens, Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing, University of Salford
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The main objectives of the Conference are:
- To explore the professional, legal and employment issues of those involved with 2 cases where patients have developed pressure ulcers.
- To develop health and social care professional’s knowledge of the roles of those initiating and investigating cases where pressure ulcers have developed
- To provide opportunities for an in-depth exchange of experience and expertise within and beyond the wound care community.
Who should attend?
This conference will bring clinicians, researchers, academics and wound care companies together to explore the impact of pressure ulcers within legal and ethical boundaries.