Policy Statement

Pressure ulcers are detrimental to patients in terms of their physical, psychological and social well-being, resulting in reduced quality of life (Fox, 2002, Gorecki et al, 2009). The development of pressure ulcers is recognised as a key indicator of the quality of care delivered (Lyder, 2006, DOH, 1993) and a fundamental aspect of patient care (NHS, 2003).

Ashford & St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are committed to providing consistent, evidence based quality care in the prevention, management and treatment of pressure ulcers for all patients. This will incorporate a holistic assessment and demonstrate patient/carer involvement in the care provided.



This policy applies to all employed clinical staff, qualified and unqualified, bank and agency staff required to work in clinical areas. This includes but is not limited to medical staff, nurses, allied healthcare professional (AHP) and health care assistants (HCA).



The aim is to provide consistent individualised high quality care in pressure area management for all patients/clients of Ashford & St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.



  • To establish continuity of care in the prevention and management of pressure ulcers
  • To promote cross boundary and multi professional working in the best interests of the patient.
  • To inform practitioners of the best practice in pressure ulcer prevention and management.


Policy Details

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Compiled by: Sue Harris, Lead Nurse Tissue Viability
Ratified by: Nursing, Midwifery & Allied Health Professional Board
Date Ratified: January 2024
Date Issued: February 2024
Review Date: June 2024
Target Audience: All staff
Contact name: Sue Harris, Lead Nurse Tissue Viability


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