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'Nursing Times Awards helped us to move our infection team forward'

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The year has flown by since we won the Nursing Times Awards 2010 Infection Prevention and Control for ‘Service User involvement in Infection Prevention and Control’ and this is our final blog!

It’s been a hectic year and winning the award has been provided such a fantastic opportunity to promote all the joint work done by our Infection Prevention and Control Team and service user representatives both internally and externally.

We’ve been asked to present our work at various conferences and Harry has been teaching on our Post Graduate Certificate in Infection Prevention and Control at the University of Chester. Other Infection Prevention and Control teams have also asked us to share our work with them.

We’ll be tweeting LIVE from the Nursing Times 2011 Awards. Follow @NT_awards and #NTawards for up-to-the-minute news

 

We have also added to the team.

Louise our Infection Prevention and Control Practitioner stared with us end of March and many more service user/carer representatives are now involved in working with us, Harry and Eileen helping to train them and share their knowledge.

This has enabled us to expand our work and recently as part of International Infection Prevention and Control week many helped us with events across the trust. This included devising competitions such as word searches. ‘Guess the rash’, auditing compliance with ‘Bare below the elbow’ and ‘How clean is your workplace’. Feedback was positive with both service users and staff enjoying the event.

Another achievement was winning the Trust Annual Award for ‘Proud to Publish’ which included our article on winning this award. Katie our Team Secretary was also nominated for and won ’Employee of the Month’ for all her hard work behind the scenes coordinating and organising our work. As Harry often says Katie is our unsung hero!

So it’s been a fantastic year with everyone benefitting.

As an Infection Prevention and Control Team we have had invaluable help and support from all our service users representatives and Harry and Eileen say it’s helped their confidence considerably who in turn are helping the newer members of our team. Bernard our Chair is an excellent advocate of the scheme saying it was one of his proudest moments accompanying us to London for the awards last year. Steve our Line Manager was also asked to speak about the scheme at the North West Director of Nursing Conference and the Director of Nursing at the SHA announce dhow proud she was of not only us but others form the North West who had been shortlisted for last year’s awards.

Personally ,although I was delighted that we were nominated for the award, I was also quite surprised as although I passionately believe that service user involvement is essential I thought that most teams were already doing this so I didn’t think anyone would think it was something innovative.

But it just goes to show that this may not always be the case?

Therefore, I would encourage anyone who is doing something different to put it forward for such awards not only to promote their excellent work but to give others the opportunity to share it with others. It has certainly helped all our team take forward the infection prevention and control agenda but also we had a fabulous night out in London and it has been the most amazing year!

So a final note! Please enter the awards - you never know you could win. We did and as they say ‘you’ve got to be in it to win it!

Good luck!

Infection Prevention and Control Team, 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

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