Our Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Team consists of Specialist Nurses, a Support Worker and a Team Co-ordinator who work with the Consultant Microbiologists, Specialist Antimicrobial Pharmacists, and Director of IPC.
Infection prevention and control is central to safe, patient care and to that extent it becomes 'everyone's' responsibility. Therefore, we have a highly visible role working across the Trust, being committed to reducing the risks of healthcare acquired infection.
We work closely with the wards, departments and all staff providing specialist guidance and advice; working hard to ensure our hospital keeps infection rates to the absolute minimum and ensuring IPC is integral to everyone’s working practices.
We also conduct;
Staff education and training – this includes both induction and on-going mandatory training
Annual study days and promotion of National IPC awareness campaigns
Surveillance of specific healthcare acquired infections e.g. MRSA and E. coli blood-stream infections and Clostridium difficile infections
Investigating outbreaks and co-ordinating control measures
Continued audit of IPC practice
Ensuring the Trust is working to the most current standards and with the most up-to-date information available.