The government has announced the launch of a new network of ‘infection prevention and control champions’ to protect people who are providing and receiving social care.
Run by the Queen’s Nursing Institute and backed by a £35,000 grant from the Department of Health and Social Care, 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.
The champions will share lessons learned and best practice through a series of virtual meetings, a newsletter and discussion forum.
Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care Deborah Sturdy OBE 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.”
Membership of the network, launching on November 30, is free and will be open to all of those who manage and deliver care in social care settings. This may include domiciliary as well as residential care.
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.”