Developing online training in wound care

24 June 2021
Volume 30 · Issue 12


Lesley Newport, Tissue Viability Clinical Lead Nurse, Tissue Viability Skin Team (, and Danny Roberts, Quality Improvement Lead, Centre for Perfect Care, Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust (, runners-up in the Tissue Viability Nurse of the Year category in the BJN Awards 2021

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic all training at Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust had to be cancelled because the sessions were all run face to face. Consequently, the Tissue Viability Skin Team had to review the role-specific training they were offering to staff to ensure the provision of education of the community workforce.

The Tissue Viability Skin Team training schedule is one of the areas where training has been affected by COVID-19. Before the pandemic the service offered a range of training on all aspects of tissue viability.

Pressure ulcer and leg ulcer care are core competencies across the Trust's community division, as well as being Care Quality Commission (CQC) stretch targets, with pressure ulcers acknowledged by the Tissue Viability Skin Team as posing the greatest risk to the skin integrity of patients in the community. The team therefore recognised that, during the pandemic, a different approach to delivering training was necessary.

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