The NHS Tissue Viability Team in Bassetlaw holds an annual awards ceremony, The CHASE (Care Home Achievement and Success Event) Awards. The CHASE celebrates partnership, innovation, and education in pressure ulcer prevention and best practice.
The team consists of: Geraldine Reevell, Specialist Tissue Viability Nurse; Tessa Anders, Tissue Viability Nurse; and Shawn Hirst and David Carter, Tissue Viability Healthcare Support Workers.
Six years ago, a training scheme, ‘React to Red’ was launched, and the team continue to deliver this to care home staff. It has been a huge success, and has dramatically reducing pressure ulcer numbers within Bassetlaw care homes. 2019 celebrated the fifth year of the CHASE.
They had attendance from all care homes across Bassetlaw, dignitaries from across Bassetlaw Clinical Commissioning Group and Nottinghamshire NHS Foundation Trust, along with two local town mayors. The CHASE is supported every year by the trusted companies that provide the many items of equipment and medical supplies available for preventing and treating wounds.
The awards include; Outstanding Care Home of the Year, Innovation of the Year, World Stop The Pressure Day, 0% Acquired Avoidable Pressure Ulcers, and a new award, nominated by care home residents and their families.
The awards now incorporate the paediatric sector for those who look after children with complex needs, such as Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice and St Giles School, who both attended this year’s CHASE Awards, along with a family who played a pivotal part in the development of a brand new training programme called Caring for Children with Complex Needs and their Skin.
The team believe the CHASE is a fantastic way to shine a spotlight on care homes in Bassetlaw, and the work they do in regards to pressure ulcer prevention, inspiring care home staff to continually improve on practice and drive down pressure ulcers in Bassetlaw.