Scarlet Darling has been delivering React to Red (RTR) training across the Trust as part of her Clinical Support Nurse post. Although this six month post will finish on 31 March, Scarlet is confident that, with continued enthusiasm and commitment from staff, and on-going support from the Tissue Viability team, the RTR training programme will continue at Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

The campaign has been embraced by dedicated nursing and healthcare staff at BHNFT who have, in challenging times, worked hard to commit to the programme, ensuring the focus is on pressure ulcer prevention.

Almost 200 nursing staff have undertaken RTR training since the programme commenced in September 2016 and a network of dedicated RTR link champions has been established, with champions also cascading the training to their colleagues.

Although the RTR pilot across South Yorkshire is still to be fully evaluated by NHS England, all areas involved in the pilot have agreed to continue to commit to the training programme long term.

NHS England held a RTR recognition event on 28 March and nominated BHNFT staff attended. The event recognised staff achievements in commitment to the programme, innovative ways of delivering training and utilising the RTR message.

Some of the initiatives at BHNFT include:

  • The Emergency Department has added RTR cards to their triage system and also a RTR icon on their IT database
  • Theatres have developed a dedicated board to the RTR concept
  • Elderly medicine have designed their own practical RTR ward based concept to training
    RTR Champions have also been pivotal in implementing the new Trust wide repositioning clocks and the new Traffic Light pressure ulcer risk assessment and care plan documentation.
  • Scarlet has designed a poster as part of a pledge that BHNFT will continue to support the campaign, and this will be displayed in the main reception area. The poster highlights the pledge that BHNFT staff will “Maintain focus on the reduction of harm to patients and maintain improvements in all aspects of patient safety”