Why Get Involved in Research & Development?

The Infection Prevention Society is committed to progressing the science behind infection prevention and control. Many are frightened by the thought of getting involved in R&D but it is essential for patient safety and both approaches and practices are being evaluated all of the time. R&D can often be similar to evaluations that happens in practice every day and IPS aims to promote active participation in development and publication of work.

IPS's approach to R&D:

  • Supporting practitioners to find out about how things really work in practice

  • Promoting professional inquiry – research is an essential part of making this statement a reality

  • Participating in activities to provide us with just some of the answers- insufficient evidence can be a frustration for everyone - we have to undertake research to make a strong evidence case for the importance of infection prevention and control every day

  • Making it part of the 'day job' for practitioners (see IPS Research Competencies)

  • Helping others see that undertaking R&D gives a real sense of achievement

  • Aiming to leave infection prevention and control in healthcare richer than when we started

 “Research is to see what everybody else has seen, and to think what nobody else has thought”

Albert Szent-Gyorgyi Nobel Prize Winner 1937

R&D can open your eyes, and is enjoyable while educational - IPS members can join the R&D group to learn and work with like minded colleagues to make a difference.

You can also apply for one of the R&D Grants.  For more informration click here

UK Vessel Health Preservation (VHP) framework survey 2016

In collaboration with the National Infusion and Vascular Access Society (NIVAS) and the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), we have developed and published the UK Vessel Health Preservation (VHP) framework.

This practical framework has been developed to support practitioners to undertake vessel assessment and make decisions regarding suitable devices for vascular access and administration of medication or fluids. To read more about the framework, please download our poster by clicking here.

In order to evaluate the frameworks dissemination, reach and use so far, we have developed a short survey. This survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete and your responses will help us in the planning of further work.

To access the survey please click here

The closing date for submissions is Monday 30th May.

In return for completing this survey, we are offering £50 vouchers to five lucky randomly selected people who complete the survey. Please make sure you enter your contact details at the start of the survey for a chance to win.

Thank you

IPS R&D committee
VHP Evaluation team