Frontline care staff are to lead a new national network of infection prevention and control champions, the government has announced.
The IPC Champions’ Network will be made up of frontline social care staff from settings around England who are responsible for infection prevention and control in their specific areas or homes.
Run by the Queen’s Nursing Institute the scheme will be supported by Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care Deborah Sturdy OBE and backed by a £35,000 grant from the Department of Health and Social Care.
Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care Deborah Sturdy OBE (pictured) 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 being undertaken by colleagues across social care to continue protecting those who need support.
“It is vital we apply the lessons learned during the pandemic and harness the best practice developed to keep people safe in the future and connect colleagues to share their work.”
The network will be launched on 30 November to help maintain and continuously improve standards across the care sector.
Lessons learned from the pandemic will be rolled out through the network to help minimise the future spread of infections, including COVID-19 and flu, to protect people living in care homes and receiving home care.
The champions will share best practice through a series of virtual meetings, a newsletter and discussion forum.
Sharon Aldridge-Bent, director of programmes 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 responsibility for implementation of infection prevention and control measures.
“This new network will have a significant role in promoting best practice across the whole social care sector.”