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Senior Hampshire nurse recognised for successful drive to reduce pressure ulcers

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Arlene Wellman, associate director of nursing at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, is celebrating after winning a national award for a pressure ulcer reduction initiative.

For an entry detailing the trust’s drive to eliminate hospital acquired pressure ulcers, she has won the Florence Nightingale Foundation’s Edna Marion Read Poster Competition for Care Improvement.

“There is still work going on to standardise pathways across the trust”

Arlene Wellman

Measures included additional training for staff, as well as improvements in the documentation, pathways and equipment used to deal with the problem.

It resulted in an impressive 70% reduction in the number of grade 3 and grade 4 pressure ulcers experienced by patients across the trust.

Grade 2 ulcers have also dropped by 30%, with an improvement in the standards of assessment, documentation and provision of care.

Ms Wellman was named as the winner of the competition during the Florence Nightingale Foundation’s annual conference 2017 in London.

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Arlene Wellman

She said: “I was shocked but really pleased when they announced that I had won. The drive to reduce pressure ulcers in our trust is something I am really proud to have led.

“Things are certainly going in the right direction, but there is still work going on to standardise pathways across the trust,” she added.

In addition, she is also celebrating being one of 11 senior nurses from across the country to win a leadership scholarship for aspiring directors of nursing from the foundation.

The 14-month-programme is for nurses and midwives who have the potential to secure a board position in the not-too-distant future.

“It’s an amazing opportunity and I am really looking forward to getting my teeth into the project I will embark on as a part of it,” she said.

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  • Well done Arlene, you have certainly worked very hard with all staff to achieve so much and I know that you will do well and certainly be on a Board in the future.

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