IPS Strategic Plan and Strategy

IPS Strategic Plan 2017 – 2020

IPS Vision

Our vision is that no person is harmed by a preventable infection. 

IPS Mission

Our mission is to inform promote and sustain expert infection prevention policy and practice in the pursuit of patient or service user and staff safety wherever care is delivered. 


This document builds on the previous strategic plan (2011-2016) and sets out the IPS strategic aim and objectives for the next 4 years and includes the evidence that will be used by the Board to track progress. The IPS Board, Business Groups, Branches and Special Interest Groups will use the plan to guide activity and financial planning on an annual basis to ensure that the Society meets its charitable objectives, vision and mission. 

Strategic Aim

The IPS will provide leadership to shape and inform infection prevention and control knowledge, policy, and practice to support safe care nationally and internationally.  

Strategic Objectives

1. Provide high quality resources, education and networking opportunities to enhance members’ ability to provide effective infection prevention and control services.

2. Define the professional attributes, knowledge and skills required by infection prevention and control practitioners to progress along a career pathway.

3. Establish and maintain a credentialing process for professionals in infection prevention and control.

4. Promote the principles and practice of infection prevention and control to patients, the public, and those working in health and social care.

5. Support and contribute to the generation and dissemination of knowledge from research and implementation that enriches the practice of infection prevention and control.

6. Support international outreach activity to promote the principles and practice of infection prevention.

7. Be recognised as an authoritative voice on infection prevention and control by patients, the public, health and social care professionals, healthcare industry and policy makers.

8. Operate a robust governance structure that enables charitable aims and objectives to be achieved.

IPS Financial Strategy 2018-2020

Financial management is one of the many critical functions of an effective Society. The Board of Trustees are fully aware that the Society needs to closely examine its income and expenditure streams.  A two year financial strategy was developed and accepted by the Board of Trustees to provide a financial framework for the achievement of the Society’s core strategic objectives.

Two key strategies are identified

To ensure that the Society is managed in such a way that its long-term financial health is secured;
and thereby
To ensure that all resources are directed towards achievement of the Society’s charitable objects
and key aims whilst recognizing the context in which the Society operates,

 The strategy is available here.

Annual Reports

IPS submits annual reports to Companies House and the Charity Commission each autumn. These 
reports have to conform to a very prescriptive format determined by these two organisations. Sections of the relevant reports can be obtained from both the Companies House and the Charity Commission’s websites.

The society has taken the decision to provide members and others with a more informative version
of the report.  Please see below: