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IPC is paramount in health and care settings and an effective education framework is vital to equip healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to prevent the spread of infections. The new NHSE framework compliments the existing IPC UK education frameworks, and by pooling their complimentary expertise and resources, HIS and IPS are committed to driving improvements in IPC education and fostering a culture of best practice.
The collaboration will focus on several key initiatives:
Dr Chris Settle, Chair of HIS and Consultant Microbiologist at South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
“It is encouraging to see that the necessity for improved IPC knowledge amongst IPC workers is being acknowledged by the introduction of a new Educational Framework for IPC practitioners. Improvements are also needed amongst many other groups of healthcare and Social Care staff. Working together, HIS and IPS are ideally placed to provide comprehensive and innovative IPC education. Not only will these initiatives support IPC practitioners in delivering a high-quality, evidence-based service, we anticipate that they will enhance job satisfaction and career development, and consequently improve retention and recruitment to the specialty. Furthermore, HIS is also capable of providing access to appropriate IPC training for many other groups of staff, which may help to consolidate improved understanding of IPC principles across the whole Healthcare and Social Care landscape.”
Lisa Butcher, President of the IPS, Deputy Director of IPC and Lead Nurse and Manager for IPC, Oxford University Hospitals
“The IPS is encouraged that the importance of the contribution of the whole IPC workforce in the strategy to deliver the NHS Long Term Plan and the Five-year Antimicrobial Resistance National Action Plan has been recognised in the new Education Framework for IPC Practitioners. Since its inception, one of the key activities of the IPS has been to deliver IPC-focused education and training for our health and care workforce, and we look forward to working with HIS to ensure the delivery of complimentary activities relevant to IPC Practitioners working at all levels in health and care settings. A key activity of our societies is to support professional development, and improve the capability and capacity of our IPC teams. This is essential if we are to ensure the sustainability of our specialist and valued workforce.”
For more information on the Education Framework for the Infection Prevention and Control Practitioner (IPC) Workforce , please click here.