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Tissue Viability

Tissue viability has high visibility within the Scottish Government policy for health and social care.

Educational resources have been developed by NHS Education for Scotland in partnership with Healthcare Improvment Scotland and key stakeholders as part of an integrated development approach.   The aim of these resources is to help you to understand pressure ulcers - how they form, how they are treated and crucially how they can be prevented.

The educational resources were first developed in 2009, updated in 2013 and are currently being reviewed in light of the changes resulting from the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel.  NES are working closely with the National Association of Tissue Viability Nurses Scotlandon the current review.

The resource is available in different formats:

Online short e-learning course available to all health and social care staff in Scotland. For further information please go to /education-and-training/by-theme-initiative/healthcare-associated-infections/online-short-courses/the-prevention-and-management-of-pressure-ulcers.aspx

Hard Copy (limited supply) Although the preferred format for learners would be the online module, it is recognised that due to limited printing facilities hard copies are required by some staff groups. A full colour educational reference book, designed to be used by multiple staff, is available along with a black and white activities booklet for health and social care staff in Scotland.  If you have limited IT facilities and would like to request a copy of the colour reference book and black and white activity workbook please email your requirements to

NB. The Prevention and Management of Pressure Ulcers online programme and hard copy reference/workbook are only available to health and social care staff in Scotland.

Creating Viable Options Tool

A tool for identifying key education content areas to support progressive development in tissue viability for health care staff:

Tissue Viability Toolkit

A toolkit managed by Healthcare Improvement Scotland sets this integrated programme of work in context:

Other Useful Tissue Viability Resources

Dermatology Pocket Guide: Common Skin Conditions Explained.  This booklet can be used by any clinician who wishes to develop their knowledge of common skin conditions. It has been specifically written for nurse practitioners, specialist nurses, physicians or any other clinicians who undertake structured histories using advanced decision-making skills. It will aid in diagnosis - recognising differential diagnosis, formulating prescriptions and assisting in identifying referral pathways if necessary.  If you would like receive a hard copy please contact

Applying Aseptic Technique when carrying out Wound Care is one of the modules featured in the Aseptic Technique programme. Further information at the short courses web page.