Enhancing leadership in infection prevention through training


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In this article…• The role of director of infection prevention and control• Training needs of hospital matrons in the field of infection prevention and control• Development of a training programme for directors of infection prevention and controlAuthorSue Millward is quality lead infection prevention for Nuffield Health.The role of director of infection prevention and control was introduced in the UK in 2003 to ensure effective leadership in infection prevention and control. In Nuffield Health's 31 hospitals in the UK, the role is held by the hospital matron, who is the clinical lead (equivalent to a director of nursing in the NHS). However, matrons may not always have the knowledge and skills to be effective leaders in this area, and there was no director of infection prevention and control training in the UK. We identified that our matrons had gaps in their knowledge and in 2014 launched our own education programme to help improve reporting and reduce infection rates.CitationMillward S (2018) Enhancing leadership in infection prevention through training. Nursing Times; 114: 9, 30-31.Key pointsNursing Times AwardsThis initiative won the Infection Prevention and Control category in the 2017 Nursing Times Awards. To find out more about the NT Awards go to https://awards.nursingtimes.netDirectors of infection prevention and control (DIPCs) were introduced in the UK in 2003 to ensure leadership in this challenging areaThe DIPC can be a microbiologist, an infection prevention nurse or a senior clinical nurse (director of nursing in the NHS or hospital matron in the independent sector)DIPCs may not always have the right knowledge and skills to fulfil the roleA DIPC training programme can help ensure matrons provide effective leadership in infection prevention and controlNuffield Health has created a training programme to ensure its matrons are well equipped in their role as DIPC

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