The aim of the National Stop the Pressure Programme* (NSTPP) is to drive demonstrable improvement in the prevention of pressure ulcers. Starting out as a regional program in 2012, the NSTPP achieved NHS Improvement National Programme status in November 2016.

Since April 2019, the National Stop the Pressure Programme (NSTPP) has been more fully incorporated within the NWCSP (with the exception of the existing NSTPP quality improvement work programmes, which remain the responsibility of the NSTPP and reports through a different governance route in NHS Improvement/ NHS England). The NWCSP Pressure Ulcer Clinical Workstream has been renamed the Stop the Pressure Clinical Workstream.

The Stop the Pressure clinical workstream is responsible for:

  • Scoping the evidence base to identify current relevant evidence.
  • Drafting evidence-informed recommendations to reduce unwarranted variation, improve safety and optimise patient experience and outcomes.
  • Identifying evidence gaps where further research is needed.
  • Identifying areas of unmet need to inform innovation.



  • The latest National Pressure Ulcer Prevalence and Quality of Care Audit Report can be found here.
  • To achieve this, the Stop the Pressure clinical workstream is bringing together the work of the National Stop the Pressure Programme and the React to Red campaign (
  • A summary presentation to flag those who may be at risk of increased pressure ulcers during COVID-19 is available here.


Work in progress:

  • The NWCSP Education workstream has commissioned Skills for Health to lead the development of a draft multi-professional National Wound Care Core Capabilities Framework for England. This framework aims to be a single, consistent and comprehensive framework, developed by and for a multi-professional audience and contains the core capabilities which identify and describe the knowledge and skills required by health and care practitioners to deliver high-quality, personalised wound care. More information to follow.


If you would like to be involved in consultations relating to the work of this workstream, please sign up to a Stakeholder Forum here.




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