News & Media


The latest news and updates on the Society and infection control and prevention can be found in this section, including consultations past and present that IPS and its members are taking part in and campaigns that IPS recognise.

Latest News

08 December 2017 Press Release: Nurses urged to have flu jab to prevent serious risk to patient and NHS staff safety 

The Infection Prevention Society is today calling on nurses and other healthcare workers to be vaccinated against flu to prevent serious risk to themselves, patients and NHS colleagues.  Read the full press release here.

31 October 2017 High Impact Interventions Published

The updated High Impact Interventions (4th edition_published November 2017) are now available here.

30 October 2017 Now Available: IPS Competences Framework Tool

The IPS Competences are now ready for you to trial.  Please click on the link here to the tool.  We would really value your feedback on the tools and ask that you therefore do this via the Survey Monkey here.  

18 September 2017 Journal of Infection Prevention (JIP) table of contents

The table of contents for the September 2017 edition of JIP is now available to view here.  Follow on twitter @JInfPrev

1st September 2017 - Summary IPS Annual Report 2016 Now Published

The Society provides members and others with a summarised informative version of the annual report for the year ended 31st December 2016. This is available on the IPS website here.  Printed copies will be available at the AGM and also from the IPS stand at IP2017.  Alternatively you can request a printed copy by email

11 August 2017 IPS’ gastroenteritis guidance following outbreak at Athletics World Championships

After around 30 competitors and support staff at the World Championships in London were affected by gastroenteritis this week, IPS worked with Forster Communications to issue guidance on avoiding gastroenteritis and what to do if you have it, which featured as part of Tuesday’s Daily Mirror coverage. I was also interviewed by LBC London News to explain more about gastroenteritis, as part of their coverage on the issue.

02 June 2017 PRESS RELEASE: Cuts in investment in infection prevention threatens patient safety

IPS is today calling on health providers in the UK to maintain investment in infection prevention and control (IPC) teams to prevent serious risk to patient safety.  Read more here.

12 May 2017 Mental Health - IPS thought leadership

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, IPS member Nicola Roberts has written for Independent Nurse on the importance of our regional Branch networks, which provide vital support for members. If you'd like to share the article on Twitter please use #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek

23 December 2016 ‘Planning critical to protect patients against serious risk from winter bug outbreaks’ say UK infection experts'

The Infection Prevention Society, which represents professionals working in infection prevention and control, is today calling on hospital trusts across the UK to put robust plans in place for winter bug outbreaks to protect patients against serious risk.  Please click here to read the full press release.

28 January 2016 IP&C Commissioning Toolkit (Second Edition) PublishedRCN_and_IPS_Toolkit_infection_prevention_Front_Cover.jpg

The Infection Prevention Society (IPS), in partnership with the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has launched a revised Infection Prevention and Control Commissioning Toolkit.  The development and use of the toolkit is supported by NHS England and provides a series of indicators that can be used by Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and regulators to focus on preventing healthcare associated infections (HAI) in healthcare settings. Developed by members of the IPS Commissioning Group and RCN, the toolkit highlights the importance of preventing and controlling healthcare infection in general and specifically pneumonia, urinary tract infections and sepsis.  A press statement is also available.



One IPS Branch Videos

IPS now has country specific videos for each branch to use to promote IPC as a career and IPS as the society of choice for IPC professionals.  View them here.

Quality Improvement Tools Now Available in Word Doc Format

Following a review by the Quality Improvement Tools Interim Group, led by Sue Millward, and the feedback received by members, the tools are now available in Word Document format.  Please click here

Patient Isolation: transmission-based precautions online learning unit now available

The online learning unit Patient isolation: transmission-based precautions which was written by members of IPS was published in January 2015.  Find it here.

Epic3 Guidelines now available

The epic3 guidelines are now freely available on the Science Direct and JHI websites.

Minimise transmission risk of CJD and vCJD in healthcare settings

Guidance on the prevention of CJD and vCJD has been updated and published.  Find it here.

IPS & RCN joint Commissioning Briefing Paper press release

IPS and the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) on 27 February 2015 published a joint paper highlighting concerns over the impact of fragmentation with infection prevention and control arrangements within the health service in England.  Find it here.

A new book launced on the role of hand hygiene in saving patient lives

IPS Patron, Prof Pittet has worked alongside a French author Thierry Crouzet to launch a book entitled ‘Clean Hands Saves Lives’. It is free to download, has a foreword by WHO Director General Margaret Chan and should help enhance the public’s understanding of the role of hand hygiene in healthcare.  Find more information here.

Report of the Patients Association, IPS and RCN

Read the press release and report of the survey of IPS members: "Rolling the Dice: CLICK HERE Could IPC be a victim of its own success?"