Why Join as a Company?

Corporate Affairs Group 

The Corporate Affairs Group (CAG) was launched in September 2016 with the intent of providing a robust and effective foundation upon which to conduct relations with IPS corporate members and also to promote corporate membership of the Society to new members. 

The IPS Board has consistently acknowledged the outstanding contribution made by corporate members to the well being of the Society given their support at national and branch levels. The Board has therefore been pleased to instigate and organise the activities of the Corporate Affairs Group through which to optimise this relationship and concerning which all corporate members are automatically enrolled. 

The Corporate Affairs Group is run as a joint venture between the IPS and commercial members insofar as IPS provide the administration, recruitment and organisation of speakers/experts etc for the meetings/events and industry provide/host the location and catering arrangements. 

In summary the benefits to the commercial sector of being an IPS corporate member are as follows; 

-   Access and Connect - use the quarterly without-charge Networking Days to mix with industry colleagues from the HCAI-space along with IPS Board and other full members  

-   Show and Tell - use the Society at branch and national level to showcase products and technology and make use to the IPS Industry Insights web site where we show products and technologies that have been endorsed by the IPS  

-    Listen and Learn - get involved with the without-charge quarterly Product Surgeries providing the opportunity to meet with IPS ‘IPC experts’ and discuss the efficacy of your product or technology along with other aspects of successful selling into the NHS  

-    Private Coaching and Advice - take advantage of the opportunity to have IPS put together experts panels specifically to examine your product or technology in depth and be able to discuss all aspects in a private and confidential forum  

-   Contact and Be Heard - have a direct private line into the IPS Board through the Corporate Affairs Group to give feedback on what works for you and what might be done better so as to optimise the ROI on your membership subscription  

-   Research and Educate - become a member of the IPS R&D Group and provide expert advice or commission research concerning your products. Through the Education and Training Group provide support to the IPS education programme or seek advice and evaluation on best practice issues and training materials 

-     Tried and Tested – get your technology or products reviewed by an IPS expert panel and if approved get to use the coveted IPS Product Endorsement Logo - for two years 

-      Skills and Knowledge – use the expert knowledge in the IPS to train your staff in basic and advanced infection and prevention control theory and practice

Principle benefits of being and IPS corporate member are as follows 

Where funding and content sufficiency allow the Corporate Affairs Group will organise and host up to four Product Surgeries and Networking Days each year. Both of these events are provided without charge to corporate members. 

Product Surgeries – three senior and respected IPS members are brought together in the form of an expert panel and up to six commercial organisations are able to meet with them for 45 minutes each and discuss the attributes of their products, technologies or designs and seek advice on matters of efficacy, in-use features and the potential or actual benefits to the NHS. 

Networking Days – on the day following the Product Surgeries corporate members and other commercial organisations join with high quality speakers from government, the NHS and industry along with IPS Board members to review and discuss contemporary issues associated with HCAI and specific business issues that impact on the infection prevention and control environment. 

IPS Industry Insights (paid-for service) - efficacy and in-use information concerning products and technologies may be submitted to IPS and will be subject to a review process. Where an expert panel are satisfied that the required standards are reached the product or technology may be placed on the IPS Industry Insights web site which is an open and public site and which is being developed to become the go-to reference site for endorsed product and technologies. An endorsement logo may also be used where products or technologies have been so approved. 


Other benefits of being an IPS corporate member:

1. Corporate Member Nominees
a. A corporate member is entitled to have IPS mailings sent to a total of 5 company nominees.

2. Use of IPS Corporate Member Logo
a. The IPS logo may be used on company headed paper, compliment slips and business cards
b. Use restricted to year of corporate membership
c. Increased awareness of company's profile
Note – The logo cannot be used to promote products.

3. IPS endorsement education and training programmes (paid-for services)
a. Educational and training materials may be submitted to the Education and Professional Development Committee who will adjudicate on their content and subject to the validity of the content approve the content.
b. Where approval is given then the IPS logo can be featured on the material with the words 'Educational content approved at time of production'.
c. The approved educational material will also be eligible to appear on the IPS Industry Insights web site.

4. Priority choice of exhibition space at the annual conference
a. 3 weeks priority booking allowed to corporate members
b. Better choice of stand position giving better company exposure

5. IPS Conference and Exhibition
a. Specific corporate membership badges for staff attending conference and exhibition
b. Greater recognition of corporate members to the IPS membership

6. Link from IPS Web Site
a. A corporate member's web link from the IPS web site
b. Linked by company name
c. Link set up from Corporate Member's section of IPS website
d. Increased traffic flow through company website leading to increased opportunities
e. Disclaimer included that link does not imply endorsement

7. IPS Contact List
a. Access to view a complete contact list of all society members via the IPS website.

8. IPS Branch Meetings & Study Days
a. Notification of dates of branch study days being held throughout the year to all corporate members
b. Notification of dates of branch meetings being held throughout the year to all corporate members

9. General benefits
a. Joint approach to all health care professionals will have greater impact on education and training eg publications
b. Opportunity to share international global contacts through IFIC, International Infection Control Council.
c. Increased political influence leading to raised awareness at government level of infection control issues and solutions
d. Sharing of information beneficial to both parties

Corporate Membership fee 2019
£1500 + VAT

Please click here for an application form.