IPS Annual Awards Programme

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The Infection Prevention Society 2018 Awards shortlists.

Our annual awards enable us to recognise the talent and commitment that lies within our membership at a branch / Special Interest Group (SIG), team and at individual practitioner level. The work that you engage in on a day-to-day basis ensures that the IPS Vision is a reality and that the people we care for are safe.

Nominations are now closed and we are pleased to announce the final shortlists for the four awards:

  • IPS Practitioner of the Year
    This award will be 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. 

    • Ruth Finn, Royal Victoria Hospital
    • Katie Grayson, Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Foundation Trust


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

    • The Infection Prevention Team, Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
    • The Infection Prevention Team, University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
    • Infection Prevention and Control Team, Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


  • IPS Branch/Special Interest Group of the Year
    This award will be 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.

    • Mental Health SIG
    • North East
    • Northern Ireland


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

    • Grace Daquioag, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
    • Rachel Burton, Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust


The winners will be announced during the Infection Prevention Society Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony on Monday 1st October 2018 at the Crowne Plaza, Glasgow. For more information CLICK HERE.

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Our 2017 Award winners are:

IPS Practitioner of the Year

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  • Ramona Marincas
    Director of Nursing, Zalau Hospital, Romania

Ramona is a key leader in promoting infection prevention within her country. Despite working in a very medically dominated health system, with limited resources, she has been instrumental in introducing key changes in infection prevention across different departments in Zalau Hospital. Ramona is involved in organising an annual infection prevention conference, which has grown year on year, and this year, a total of 400 delegates attended. Ramona has helped produce a book ‘Primum non nocere’ (First do no harm), which delves into the basics of infection prevention. 2,000 copies of this book have been printed in Romanian and were distributed for free at the annual conference.

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  • Carole Hallam
    Senior Nurse, Clinical Governance, Royal Infirmary Huddersfield

Carole is an outstanding nurse who goes beyond the call of duty. She has led eleven teams of clinicians to Romania to assist with education of Romanian staff in infection prevention and control, and the wider medical and nursing agenda. Carole has been very active with the ‘vessel health preservation’ agenda, which has been recognised internationally. She has spoken in the United States and is writing articles for the International IV Journal. Carole is very active within the Infection Prevention Society as Honorary Secretary and works tirelessly for the Society. Her drive, energy and passion for the Society are there for all to see.

IPS Team of the Year – Sponsored by Daniels Healthcare Ltd.

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  • Infection Prevention and Control Team
    Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham

The team has developed innovative nurse led strategies for the management of healthcare-associated infections, including pioneering nurse-led Clostridium difficile ward rounds. By focusing on what matters to patients, they have also been able to clearly reduce the rate of PCR C. difficile cases. With patient safety always at the forefront of their work, the team has also developed MRSA acquisition ward rounds. Since its development, there has been no patients that have acquired MRSA during an inpatient episode testing positive for an MRSA bacteraemia, when previously MRSA acquisition represented 88% of all bacteraemias. As a result of having such success with these services, they are now sharing these practices with other local Trusts.

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  • Infection Prevention and Control Link Staff Team
    Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust (SCHT)

A small, yet highly specialist, innovative and dedicated team, the SCHT IPC Link staff team are an immense resource who help in ensuring that the safety of patients are protected by providing safe, clean environments and practices within SCHT. With their help, for the first time SCHT achieved zero cases of Clostridium difficile Infection diagnosed post 72 hours after admission in the community hospitals and no cases of MRSA bacteraemia. The team acts as ambassadors to promote good infection prevention and control practice, encourage their colleagues, and ensure their patients benefit from the health advantages associated with adherence to good IPC compliance.

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    Walsall Healthcare

The team have taken on board the day-to-day role of an IPC team and through innovative thinking, reaching out to all stakeholders, they have truly transformed the way of working and improved the safety of care given to patients to prevent healthcare-association infections. Some of this activity includes; use of Learning in Action to re-invigorate Aseptic Non Touch Technique (ANTT); the team have widened out the link practitioner programme; and the team have worked with patient groups to develop a ‘yellow hand’ symbol that is placed on the patient name board to remind staff if a patient has an infection and thus improve compliance with IP practices.

IPS Branch of the Year

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  • South West

The South West Branch has strived to improve communication within the Branch and to improve attendance at Branch meetings. With the Branch stretching from the tip of Land’s End up to the top of Gloucestershire, this can be a real challenge to encourage members to travel. Therefore branch meetings are held in different geographic areas and the Branch has introduced a regular newsletter and Facebook group. The branch is actively compiling a survey to see how the members want to further improve communication and education sessions. Once again the South West IPS one day conference was full, with many delegates coming from outside the society, giving the Branch an ideal platform to encourage membership.

IPS Link Practitioner of the Year

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  • Katy Coombes
    Link Practitioner, Infection Prevention and Control, Livewell Southwest

Katy has been a link practitioner for infection prevention and control for Livewell CIC for less than two years. During this time, she has demonstrated enthusiasm and commitment and has been effective in making positive change and highlighting the importance of adhering to best infection prevention practice. Katy is always happy to share her expertise with others and equally, to learn. Katy is a respected member of the ward team and always leads by example, always prioritising the well-being of her patients and using her knowledge to provide information to those who need it, she has a caring and reassuring manner.

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  • Jo-Louise Martin
    Healthcare Assistant, Rotherham Doncaster & South Humber NHS Foundation Trust

Jo-Louise has always been a very proactive link practitioner and is a great role model to colleagues on the ward. Her current initiative is around sepsis and she has developed an information board for staff, patients and visitors to gain more information about the topic. She is extremely passionate about patient care and has undertaken a lot of work on the ward to improve awareness of the signs and symptoms of sepsis. Jo-Louise’s passion for IPC is evident and she is a strong role model who leads by example and is not afraid to challenge poor practice. She is a real credit to her Trust.

Congratulations to all our shortlisted candidates and of course to our 2017 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.

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

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.


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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.

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