Infection Prevention and Control at RJAH

A key objective of RJAH is to maintain a clean culture throughout the Trust and to ensure that hand hygiene and infection prevention and control is embedded in the management agenda and the accountability of all staff. 

The team

The Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Team works to support and advise in the prevention and control of infection. Our aims are to:
 

  • Provide an advisory service from the microbiologist 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
  • Provide education and support
  • Undertake continuous surveillance which helps us to benchmark against other Trusts
  • Support and advise on the prevention and control of outbreaks or incidents associated with infection
  • Indicate areas of risk to the Trust and advise on action
  • Support and initiate audit, research and innovations in infection prevention and control
  • Provide appropriate infection control advice on developments and refurbishments.
  • Communicate through a team of link professionals from all specialities to cascade knowledge throughout the organisation

 

2020/21 key achievements




You can read the latest IPC and Cleanliness Annual Report here

In 2021/22, the IPC Team continued to adapt in response to the extraordinary circumstances of 2020. The department has worked hard to maintain robust measures and implement the precautions expected in order to keep our staff, patients and visitors safe.
  • Hand hygiene – A state of the art hand hygiene device was procured to ensure staff complete and keep up to date with their annual hand hygiene competencies.
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship – The Trust has an Antimicrobial Pharmacist.  The role, along with the new Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee, monitors and discusses antimicrobial issues across the Trust.
  • Quality Assurance -  A new, bespoke IPC Quality Management System was created and implemented to collect all IPC related data streams and monitor assurances.
  • The IPC Team – The team are delighted to have appointed an Assurance Lead, IPC Support Worker and full-time Surgical Site Surveillance Practitioner.
  • One Together - The OneTogether project is a partnership between leading professional organisations with an interest in the prevention of surgical site infection (SSI), and has been initiated as a quality improvement collaborative with the aim of promoting and supporting the adoption of best practice to prevent SSI across the surgical patient pathway. The team undertook the OneTogether assessment in December 2021 and have developed a Surgical Site Infection Prevention Working Group to work quality improvements.

Contact Details:

Infection Prevention and Control Team
Governance Department 
RJAH Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Oswestry
Shropshire, SY10 7AG

General enquiries:
01691 404587 / 404609