Pressure Ulcer Prevention & Management

Our mission at the OSKA Academy is to ensure all patients and residents, at an elevated risk of pressure ulcers, receive the highest standards of pressure area care possible. Our goal is to promote clinical excellence across all areas of pressure ulcer prevention and management.

Working in partnership, our experienced team of clinically qualified Tissue Viability experts will provide your health and social care professionals with state-of-the-art, evidence-based knowledge, information and skills to enable them to deliver optimal clinical care for your patients and residents.

OSKA training packages will always reflect the most current information and practices.

Please call us or email us to discuss your training needs.

Introducing Faith Slater, RN BSc (Hons), Clinical Support Nurse

Faith has worked in adult care since 2004, beginning her career as a Healthcare Assistant in the care home sector. It was here she discovered her love of nursing, igniting her passion for skin. With a First Class Honours Degree in Adult Nursing, Faith joined St. Wilfrid’s Hospice in Chichester in 2017 to gain a solid foundation of excellence in end-of-life nursing care as well as driving the need for more and better training on pressure area care, as well as nursing complex pressure ulcers.
Faith’s work is dedicated to raising awareness and influencing change in practice in the community and long-term care settings across all nursing and non-nursing disciplines.

At the Hospice, my fellow nurses would always humour my need to always see ‘bottoms’. I am passionate about pressure area care and prevention, driving the need for the entire nursing team to be vigilant in the care of their patients’ skin. I am so determined to champion change in the way pressure ulcers are reported and cared for. I believe all healthcare professionals have a responsibility to the people they care for to monitor their skin and look for even the slightest skin changes.

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Introducing Valerie Dowley RGN BSc (Hons), Queen’s Nurse, Tissue Viability Nurse Specialist

Valerie brings unparalleled knowledge and experience in the tissue viability and wound management specialty. Valerie has also been awarded the honour of Queen’s Nurse (QN); a title awarded to individual nurses who have demonstrated a high level of commitment to patient-centred care and nursing practice. As a Lead Tissue Viability Specialist, Valerie’s experience covers community nursing, leg ulcer clinics, care homes with nursing, primary care and hospice care.

I have extensive knowledge and experience in the tissue viability and wound management specialty which is fundamemntal to the clinical support we offer our clients, as well as delivering in-depth clinical content to the OSKA Academy, our training and education programme.

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OSKA Academy Courses

1.5hr Basic Daily Skin Inspections and Skin Care

This highly popular session is geared towards healthcare assistants, carers and front-line staff of all disciplines including AHPs. In this session we will cover the importance of inspecting skin head to toe, in between skin folds and under devices. The session is designed to promote awareness of what care givers should be looking for when delivering daily personal care – pressure ulcers, moisture lesions, skin tears, bruising, wounds, wound dressings – as well as reporting redness, swelling, heat, dryness, hardness etc. We will also cover the importance talking to your patient or resident about holistic skin assessment.


Carers and front-line staff of all disciplines, including AHPs

2hr Pressure Ulcer Prevention

This highly popular session is geared towards carers and front-line staff of all disciplines including AHPs. It covers basic anatomy and physiology of Pressure Ulcers, category grading, grey areas e.g. vascular, diabetic conditions, Root Cause Analysis (brief overview), aSSKINg principles and care planning.


Carers and front-line staff of all disciplines, including AHPs

4hr Pressure Ulcer Prevention and Treatment

This popular session builds on the 2hr Pressure Ulcer Prevention training and goes further to include the different elements of pressure ulcer treatment.

Training covers basic wound care treatment, dressing types and clinical indications for use, wound management guidelines, category grading of pressure ulcers, case examples, pressure relieving equipment.


Carers and front-line staff of all disciplines, including AHPs

The aSSKINg Bundle

How do we ensure that the pressure ulcer prevention we are giving to our patients and residents is the best it can be? How do we evidence the excellent nursing care we are providing each day?

aSSKINg (NHSI, 2018) ensures the fundamental elements of care are provided for both the prevention and where required, the management of pressure ulcers.

In this course we will discuss the aSSKINg principles with a step-by-step approach and how this can be built into an individualised plan of care to meet the pressure ulcer prevention and management needs of the people you care for. Be the best at what you do with the help and support of OSKA’s Tissue Viability Nurses.


Senior staff, directors and owners, home managers, nurses and HCAs

Pressure Care Audit

Full day on site audit of a Care Home to undertake an assessment of current pressure care practises, knowledge and documentation as well as an audit of existing pressure damage.



Senior staff, directors and owners

Half-day Root Cause Analysis (RCA) Training

Organisations are encouraged to internally investigate acquired pressure ulcers, to help establish any gaps in care and facilitate a healthy learning environment for staff inclusion in quality improvement.

This can be done in conjunction with duty of candour and transparency.

Looking at why we investigate, what it involves, template investigation examples, history of RCAs, how to complete an RCA, who to involve, how to gather information, how to use the RCA findings to inform actions and future practice, how to make this sustainable in the current climate.



Senior nurses, managers and owners

90 min CQC ‘Journey to Outstanding’

This 90-minute session covers the main aspects of Pressure Ulcer prevention benchmarked next to the KLOEs, and fundamental standards set by CQC and the NICE guidelines. It also covers creating a ‘culture of change’.


Senior staff, directors and owners

CQC Care Deep Dive

This is a full day ‘mock CQC specialist advisor inspection’ looking at Pressure Ulcer Prevention. Benchmarked next to the KLOEs, and fundamental standards set by CQC and the NICE guidelines, this session offers a subjective deep-dive into pressure ulcer practices, and how to create a ‘culture of change’.

A full feedback report and recommendations, measured against Gold Standard Practice, is given.

Benefits of this day:

  • provides a clear assessment of the standard of care
  • identifies good practice and areas for improvement
  • provides benchmarking and evaluation
  • preparation for a real inspection


Senior staff, directors and owners
  • Thank you so much for the invite to your Peers Under Pressure Series of webinars. Firstly, I would like to say what a fantastic session! It was very informative and interesting, and the passion for pressure management from the panel was actually infectious. Probably one of the best webinars I have had in my 23+ years of nursing!

    Director of Clinical Governance National Care Home Group with 90+ homes
  • I am really enjoying the Peers Under Pressure webinars. You all have a great way of answering the questions without making anyone feel inadequate. I think the sessions are fun, informal and informative. Thanks so much!

    Staff Nurse and TV Lead St. Peter’s Hospice
  • Thank you so much for attending and speaking at the managers’ meeting yesterday. It was a fantastic presentation and your knowledge and passion shone through. Feedback in relation to your presentation was the most positive that I have seen.

    Operations Director Balhousie Care Group
  • The webinar was not at all salesy. Really useful sharing of ideas and knowledge. I’ll definitely attend the next one!

    Director of Quality & Governance Care Home Group
  • The Clinical Nurse Advisor conveyed her passion and enthusiasm about the topic so well and was extremely knowledgeable about pressure ulcer prevention and treatment. It really heightened my awareness of pressure ulcer prevention and the need to ‘offload and alert’.

    Healthcare Support Worker Children’s Hospice
  • The training was so relatable to current practice. They were clearly expert in their knowledge on the subject and related well together. The session flowed well, and they kept the listener engaged.

    Hospice Nurse