Just answer this simple question for your chance to attend IPS’s annual conference in Glasgow* (worth £599 each)
Infection control is everybody’s business, so have you made it yours?
Have you heard of the Infection Prevention Society? More commonly known as IPS, this Society is a charity providing specialist advice in all things related to infection prevention and control. Membership is made up of healthcare professionals either working in infection prevention or those who have an interest in it. The Society offers student membership at only £20 per year, with the aim of engaging those entering the field of healthcare to be more informed about protecting people from infections and avoidable harm.
One of the highlights of the Society’s year is the annual IPS conference. For 2014, the Society is offering one student the opportunity to win a free place to this exciting and informative three-day event, by answering the simple question printed at the bottom of this article.
The 2014 conference is being held from 29th September – 1st October at the SECC in Glasgow and costs £599 to attend. You can find out plenty of information about the conference by visiting www.ips.uk.net. Last year the conference attracted nearly 600 healthcare professionals and had 93 exhibitors making it the largest infection prevention and control exhibition in the UK, and with the programme tailored to attract a wide audience there really is something for everyone.
This year the programme is especially attractive to students as there is an educational stream on the Monday entitled ‘Introduction to Infection Prevention’ for those new to, or interested in the specialty. This stream will provide foundation information on the essentials of infection prevention, educating and encouraging the next generation of Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) specialists. This half-day stream will cover the following subjects:
- the basics of microbiology and immunology by Professor Shaheen Mehtar
- an explanation of the EPIC3 infection prevention guidelines, issued in 2013, by Professor Heather Loveday who led the group that wrote the guidelines
- an overview of the basics of decontamination by Christina Bradley
- a practical guide on how to assess the content of scientific presentations/posters by Dr Jon Otter.
As well as this targeted stream that is unique to these types of conferences, the three-day event will also cover other areas such as:
- Surgical Site Infection
- Clostridium Difficile
- How and why healthcare workers use gloves
- Infection prevention in schools, nurseries and prisons.
Key Speakers presenting at IPS 2014
On the morning of Monday 29th September Dr Evonne Curran, Nurse Consultant Infection Control at Health Protection Scotland will be delivering the EM Cottrell Lecture on “The times they are a changing”. Evonne will explore how over the last 25 years, the IPC community has contributed enormously to patient safety by preventing and learning from outbreaks of infections.
Andrew Jackson, IV Nurse Consultant from The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust will also be presenting on the Monday, delivering a session entitled “Past present & future state of central line bundles”. In this session, Andrew will discuss the influence of a central line care bundle in supporting implementation of the evidence base to improve patient outcomes by preventing infections.
On the morning of Tuesday 30th September, Peter Hoffman, Consultant Clinical Scientist from Public Health England will present a session entitled “Contamination risks and how to reduce them”. During this session, Peter will explore how dental settings and instruments are contaminated, identify the significance of contamination from various sources in a dental setting and outline the importance of decontamination of instruments and the environment.
An integral part of conference is always the oral papers and poster presentations. They provide the ideal opportunity for those working in practice to share knowledge and ideas; it also provides a chance to network with colleagues. If you have a project or piece of work that you have been working on which you would like to share then why don’t you consider submitting an abstract for presentation as either a poster or oral paper? You can do so by visiting www.ips.uk.net/education-events/annual-conference/abstracts/
One thing that delegates always enjoy is the opportunity to visit the conference exhibition. This allows conference delegates to interact and network with the many companies that supply infection prevention related products.
Now to the important part, if you would like to win two free places at this exciting conference (worth £599 each) just answer this simple question:
What steps do you take to improve infection control in your placement area?
Use the comments section below to submit your answer.
*prize is an entrance ticket to the conference, please note that travel and accomodation are not included