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Government backs launch of new IPC champion scheme for social care

A leading nursing charity has received government funding to develop a new network of infection prevention and control (IPC) champions for the adult social care sector in England.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has awarded a grant of £35,000 to enable the Queen’s Nursing Institute to launch the scheme, which covers both home care and residential care services.

“It is essential that we apply the lessons learned during the pandemic and exploit the best practices developed”

Deborah Rugged

The DHSC said the goal of the program is “to help maintain and continually improve standards in the healthcare industry” with respect to CPI.

“Lessons learned from the pandemic will be deployed across the network to help minimize the future spread of infections, including Covid-19 and influenza, to protect people living in care homes and receiving care at home” , he added.

Deborah Rugged

Supported by the Chief Adult Social Care Nurse, Professor Deborah Sturdy, the IPC Champions Network will be made up of social care nurses and other professionals responsible for IPC in their areas or care homes.

Via the network, the champions will share best practices through a series of virtual meetings, a newsletter and a discussion forum.

Prof Sturdy said: ‘I am delighted to be able to work with the Queen’s Nursing Institute to establish this network which will build on the excellent work already undertaken by colleagues in social care to continue to protect those in need of support.

“It is essential that we apply lessons learned during the pandemic and leverage best practices developed to keep people safe in the future and connect colleagues to share their work.”

“This is an exciting opportunity to highlight and celebrate the past and future work of the IPC”

Charlotte Fry

Charlotte Fry, Nursing Expert for the new IPC Champions Network, said: “I look forward to developing the network to enable a platform to help staff learn and share their experiences, by collecting and sharing best practices in our sector.

“This is an exciting opportunity to highlight and celebrate the past and future work of the IPC to ensure the safety and well-being of the people we support and ourselves.”

Sharon Aldridge-Bent

Sharon Aldridge-Bent, Director of Programs at the Queen’s Nursing Institute, said: “It is essential, as we head into the winter months and beyond, that frontline staff are supported and empowered to take on the responsibility for implementing infection prevention and control measures.

“This new network will play an important role in promoting best practice across the welfare sector,” she said.

The new network will be officially launched by the QNI at an event on November 30. To register for the network, which is free to join, visit here.