IPS Annual Awards Programme

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The IPS is delighted to announce the 2018 Award winners are:

  • IPS Practitioner of the Year
    • Ruth Finn, Royal Victoria Hospital

  • IPS Team of the Year sponsored by Daniels Healthcare Ltd
    • The Infection Prevention Team, Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
  • IPS Branch/Special Interest Group of the Year
    • The Mental Health and Learning Difficulties Special Interest Group
  • IPS Link Practitioner of the Year
    • Grace Daquioag, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust


Congratulations to all our shortlisted candidates and of course to our 2018 winners!

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

For more information on each of our winners and shortlisted candidates please see below:

IPS Practitioner of the Year
This award has been presented to an IPS member who stands out ‘above and beyond’ by implementing infection prevention strategies and initiatives within their immediate area or more widely across their organisation or community.


1RuthFinn.jpgRuth Finn, Royal Victoria Hospital
Ruth is the Lead IPC Nurse for the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust and is currently Deputy Education Officer within the IPS Northern Ireland Branch. For the last three years, Ruth has taken a key role in the organisation of the annual IPS Northern Ireland Branch conference. Taking over a team in transition, she continued the current service, making significant improvements and took on even more challenges. She restructured the team, standardised auditing and escalation, and successfully launched the first IPC link course for the Belfast Trust. Through her dedicat ion to IPC, Ruth inspires her team and always places the patient at the centre of her decision making.


katie-grayson.jpgKatie Grayson, Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Foundation Trust

Katie Grayson is the Education Lead for the IPS Yorkshire Branch whose enthusiasm and drive is said to be amazing. Throughout her term, she has led on the educational content of the branch meetings and annual study days. She has ensured the stability of the branch during changes, supporting other branch officers during this time. She has also been integral to the organisation of Yorkshire branch conferences, for which the feedback has been great. Katie led on the flu campaign within her Trust which became one of the most improved Trusts nationally, with a large increase in staff having the immunisation.

IPS Team of the Year sponsored by Daniels Healthcare Ltd
This award has been presented to a team who have demonstrated cohesive teamwork to implement effective infection prevention initiatives and improve practice within their area.


3royalwolverhampton.jpgThe Infection Prevention Team, Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
The Infection Prevention Team at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust is a cohesive team with a long history of collaborative working across the whole health economy. They have a core objective of working with teams to achieve excellent patient outcomes. They successfully develop infection prevention professionals for the future using the IPS competency tool to underpin their learning. They work collaboratively from a hospital base with other agencies from GPs and dentists, to care homes and their local health p rotection units. They have successfully provided support and leadership for sheltered housing and care home facilities, and their innovative projects have shown demonstrable success across the board. MRSA bacteraemia in care homes has dropped to one identified case since 2009, they have revolutionised Norovirus outbreak management in the local care home community and have successfully worked alongside the Community Rapid Intervention Team to greatly enhance the provision for flu prophylaxis. The whole team are enthusiastic and motivated and are a great example of effective team working.


4southampton.jpgThe Infection Prevention Team, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
The Infection Prevention Team at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust supports a large, 1200-bed acute teaching trust. Development of robust, bespoke IPC systems and processes, together with a focus on team and organisational learning and a culture of transparent communication has equipped the team with the tools needed to continually evolve. These systems enabled them to identify the exact location of patients with influenza and understand the impact of this on individual areas, allowing the team to target resources more effectively. The team have a real focus and understanding of their local population and use this to make a real impact to improve patient safety including overseeing a huge reduction in MRSA, C.Diff, HCAIs and other outbreaks. They are rightly proud of their accomplishments in developing robust IPC systems and processes, together with their focus on team and organisational learning and culture.

5Derbyand burton.jpgThe Infection Prevention and Control Team Burton Campus, University Hospitals of Derby and Burton
The Infection Prevention and Control Team at Burton Campus, University Hospitals of Derby and Burton is a small team with big ambitions to bring together different strands of work under one umbrella to make patient safety a key focus. They have designed a project which is working towards the ambition of reducing Gram Negative Bloodstream Infections (BSI) by 50% by 2021. The project has been running for a year and has seen a 42% reduction in the number of hospital acquired E. coli BSI. The project focuses on hydration, CAUTI, hand hygiene, oral hygiene and ending pyjama paralysis. Each part of the project has helped to reduce gram negative infections. With fewer cases of HCAIs, there has been a reduction in requirement for broad-spectrum antibiotics, leading to better antimicrobial stewardship. The team are all infectious in their enthusiasm for the project and have made a real impact inspiring and engaging with staff in the trust and beyond.

IPS Branch/Special Interest Group of the Year
This award has been presented to an IPS branch or special interest group who has demonstrated how they have introduced activities that have contributed to strengthening the branch function, including: meeting structure, attendance, study day attendance and in particular through innovation.


6mentalhealth.pngThe Mental Health and Learning Difficulties Special Interest Group
The group have introduced activities that have contributed to strengthening the SIG function in progressing initiatives adding to patient safety for those with mental health problems or learning difficulties, enhancing patient experience and ensuring opportunities for the personal and professional development of its members. Meetings are now held across the country for all members to be able to attend and all meetings have corporate member support. Members are also encouraged to present and share their own work, expertise and experiences. Peer supervision groups have been created to encourage cross organisational sharing of good practice. The group have also produced a ‘Bare Below the Elbows’ document to guide the CQC and NHS when working with Mental Health Environments as well as developing other bespoke guidance for mental health settings.


7northeast.pngNorth East Branch
The North East branch officers have revitalised the branch this year. Attendance at branch meetings has increased and there's a fantastic mix of acute, community and CCG members attending now, as well as one invited speaker. Additionally, the branch hosted another of its successful study days with a programme that ensured a full delegate attendance. The branch is organising a day to look at working together to achieve challenging targets, looking at E.coli as an example and the fantastic work already being done in the region. The branch is focussed on sharing experience and practices and learning from each other, which embraces IPS values.

8northernireland.pngNorthern Ireland Branch
Northern Ireland have been an exemplar branch within the society this year. They have excellent engagement at branch meetings, now regularly attracting much larger numbers than before. The branch coordinator set out to find out what members wanted from their meetings and how best to run them. And this effort is now being rewarded with the greater interest and increase in numbers. The branch run a successful study day and their profit is used for charitable purposes for the benefit of members. They have linked in well with the newly formed IPC Ireland and have begun to do important work there as well. The coordinator also makes an excellent contribution to the work of the IPS Board.

IPS Link Practitioner of the Year
This award acknowledges a Link Practitioner who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to furthering infection prevention that has a direct impact on patient care in their workplace.


9grace.pngGrace Daquioag, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
Grace is an excellent senior staff nurse on the Acute Admission Ward (AAW) at St Thomas’ Hospital. She is lead adviser for a team of infection control link practitioners on her ward. She guides, supports, encourages and advises multidisciplinary clinical teams on the AAW to ensure patient and staff safety. Among Grace’s numerous initiatives, she has developed a simple but hugely informative induction pack for new members of the team and anyone else that needs support. Grace teaches staff, produces a monthly newsletter, and is actively involved in monitoring, auditing and improving IPC standards in the ward as well as being a Trust peer vaccinator.


10rachelburton.pngRachel Burton, Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust
Rachel Burton is a senior neonatal nurse who has worked at Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust for the last ten years. Rachel reviews relevant policies, delivers staff education, performs audits and conducts root cause analyses related to infection prevention. She has also written various policies and guidelines, and she always disseminates information to the team to promote good practice. To improve infection prevention in the ward, Rachel has started new IPC initiatives with hand hygiene in cot spaces, portable procedure trollies for venepuncture, and sterile procedure packs. Additionally, Rachel started a league table for central line care bundles which has led to 100% compliance within 4 months.


Nominations for the Infection Prevention Society 2018 Awards will open in January 2019