East Midlands Patient Safety Collaborative, hosted by the AHSN: LPZ – care homes prevalence audit and QI programme

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This scheme has used an audit tool to improve the quality of care around pressure ulcers, nutrition, falls, continence, pain management and restraint for residents in care homes. LPZ is an international benchmarking tool which has been used to drive improvements in care homes by allowing them to see how they did against their peers and target areas for improvement.

Since the tool was piloted in 2015, the collaborative has run yearly workshops to enable care homes to develop their own improvement plans based on their results; these sessions are specifically designed for care home environments and to empower staff to understand and improve care. This “bottom up” approach has been reflected in awards which encourage homes to share innovations and nominate exceptional staff. Data for pressure ulcers has shown a 30 per cent drop in incidence. The collaborative is now exploring how the approach could be adopted across the UK.

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