IPS Annual Awards Programme

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The Infection Prevention Society 2017 Awards are now open for entry

The annual awards programme gives you the opportunity to recognise and celebrate excellence in infection prevention and control.

Nominate individual IPS members, a team, your IPS Branch or a non-IPS member who is an outstanding Link Practitioner for the awards.

Categories of Award:

  • Category 1: IPS Practitioner of the Year
  • Category 2: IPS Team of the Year sponsored by Daniels Healthcare
  • Category 3: IPS Branch of the Year
  • Category 4: IPS Link Practitioner of the Year

Closing date for receipt of completed online applications is midnight on Friday 9th June 2017.

If you have any questions please contact pa@ips.uk.net / 01506 292023

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The IPS is delighted to announce the 2016 Award winners are:

Category 1: IPS Practitioner of the Year


S Millward photograph.jpgSue Millward, Infection Prevention Nurse Consultant, Nuffield Health

Working as an Infection Prevention Nurse Consultant, Sue was nominated for the significant role she plays in raising standards of care and improving patient safety. Her most recent achievements include the creation of a sustainable link practitioner system, the first of its kind in IPC; the development and accreditation of a Director of Infection of Prevention course and leading a review of the Society’s audit tools. Her team see her as an inspirational leader and role model who has influenced IPC on a local, national and international level.


R Marincas (Home).jpgRamona Marincas, Director of Nursing, Zalau Emergency Hospital

Ramona is a recognised nurse leader in her country working in the resource limited environment of Zalau hospital in Romania. She was nominated for her tireless commitment and work in leading IPC initiatives that have won her and her hospital national recognition as a centre of excellence in infection prevention. Ramona identified the need for a Romanian language educational resource covering all aspects of infection prevention and control, and with the support of IPS colleagues in the UK, has established an annual IPC conference and embedded hand hygiene practice and environmental hygiene standards across her hospital with minimal resources.

Category 2: IPS Team of the Year sponsored by Daniels Healthcare


North Yorkshire Community Infection Prevention and Control Team.jpgNorth Yorkshire Community Infection Prevention & Control Team, Harrogate District NHS Foundation Trust

The work of this team with their “can do, will do” attitude has resulted in the production of high quality online educational resources for infection prevention control in the community which aims to improve standards and reduce healthcare associated infection. The reach of these resources mirrors the IPS Strategy as they influence practice locally, nationally, and internationally. Their success is derived from utilising the skills of the multidisciplinary team and working together to make a difference in IPC.  To see the work they do nationally to make their NHS evidence based IPC resources available to assist organisations in promoting best practice please visit thier NHS website www.infectionpreventioncontrol.co.uk 


Wayne Stepney, Deborah Pay, Caroline Hamilton-Scott, David Charman, Claire Lawson, Karen Radcliffe, Sharon Stobart - infection control group StCatherinesHospice.JPGInfection Prevention & Control Group, St Catherine’s Hospice, West Sussex

The infection prevention control group at St Catherine’s Hospice is a multidisciplinary group with no specialist IPC lead. The team have worked together over the past 18 months to increase the priority of IPC and develop the understanding of all healthcare staff around their role in keeping people free from avoidable infection at the end of their life. A programme of audit and feedback has helped to build a mind-set of continuous improvements among all staff. In the last year they have introduced measures and controls to implement prevention of infection procedures across all areas of the hospice including in-patient unit, day hospice and community team and engaging the support of business, fundraising and volunteer teams. The Hospice’s Group has shown great initiative, enthusiasm and team work across the organisation in its work to promote the prevention of infection.

Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells IP Team Photo.jpgInfection Prevention Team, Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, Kent

Following the Healthcare Commission report investigating C. difficle infection (CDI) at Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, the infection prevention team has successfully designed and implemented a turnaround HCAI reduction programme. Collaborating with their CCG colleagues and the regulatory bodies, the team launched the programme with a CDI conference for the whole health economy to share knowledge, experience and patient stories. In the last three years the trust has seen a significant decrease in CDI, culminating this year in the lowest rate in acute trusts in the region.


Category 3: IPS Branch of the Year 



The Trent branch is a dynamic, forward-thinking team of officers that focuses on the needs of its members as a priority. Over the past 12-18 months the branch has initiated a number of branch projects including: a workforce review, which provides information to meet the needs of its members; the establishment of a new member network as a way to make new IPS members feel valued and supported, and were the first branch to have CPD accreditation at their meetings and annual ‘Darling Bugs of May’ conference. The enthusiasm of the branch is evident in its ability to succession plan, attracting members of the branch to take on leadership roles.


west midlands.pngWest Midlands

The West Midlands branch has introduced a new three-day course ‘New to Infection Prevention’ which has offered colleagues an opportunity to gain essential knowledge and skills from experts in the field of IPC as they begin their careers in the specialty. The branch has worked collaboratively to plan and implement the programme and provide mentorship to delegates. The course has also established an alternative source of funding for branch activities including supporting members to attend the annual conference.


Category 4: IPS Link Practitioner of the Year


Yvonne Place2 (1).jpgYvonne Place, Clinical Assistant, The Thornberry Centre, Derriford, Plymouth

Yvonne is a band 4 practitioner working in an outpatient setting where a range of professions and organisations use the facilities. Yvonne always strives to promote patient dignity and safety, and has made IPC her business, having a significant impact on the priority given to infection prevention. She has implemented audit systems and cleaning processes within the department using her own initiative, time and money to implement some of the changes. Yvonne is not afraid to challenge more senior staff and liaises with the relevant clinicians and mangers in order to identify sustainable solutions to the problems the setting encounters. She has been active in the ‘Surviving Sepsis’ arena as there are patients within her department who have lost limbs due to sepsis.


Drew McDonald.JPGDrew McDonald, Senior Staff Nurse, Children’s A&E Department, Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital

Drew is a band 6 registered nurse, who was given the lead to implement sepsis 6 within the Children’s AED. Drew established a sepsis working group, collaborating with the various professions to draft a Sepsis Recognition Tool (SRT) to improve triage and implement it at the front door. A triage nurse completes the SRT, enabling the swift identification of children with potential sepsis and triggering an immediate review by a senior doctor. The tool has been continually refined following staff feedback. Improvements in the completion of the tool and the timely administrations of antibiotics for sepsis have improved over the past 12-18 months. Drew’s work is being recognised across Scotland and internationally.


Debbie Wright, IPS Honorary Secretary and Assistant Director of Infection Prevention and Control at Aintree NHS Foundation Trust commented that: "The calibre of the nominations in all award categories was of such a high standard. The commitment and passion of colleagues working in the field of infection prevention shone through, making it challenging to decide on the final award winners. It is a delight to be able to show appreciation to colleagues who strive to make a difference in their everyday work."

Congratulations to all our shortlisted candidates and of course to our 2016 winners!

Thank you to those who nominated colleagues and participated in the judging process. Finally thank you to Daniels Healthcare for supporting the Team of the year Award.