More than 150 people attend successful Infection Prevention and Control Conference
06 July 2018

More than 150 people attend successful Infection Prevention and Control Conference

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) held its annual Infection Prevention and Control Conference, with more than 150 people attending from across Sussex.

This year's topics included cases linked to gram negative bacteraemia, chronic wounds and the importance of environmental cleaning.

There 33 attendees from nursing homes, care homes, Chestnut Tree Children’s Hospice and Sussex Beacon.

A graduation ceremony for the link champions was the main focus of the event.

The champions undertake a 12-week course with 2 taught days and workplace activities. This year 39 champions graduated. 

SCFT Chief Nurse Susan Marshall presented the certificates and badges. An academic prize for the best course work was won by Denise Upton and the best poster prize  went to Sarah Scott.

Chief Executive Siobhan Melia opened to conference via video as she was attending an NHS70 event at Westminster Abbey. 

Medical Director Dr Richard Quirk gave opening remarks and later a presentation on foot infections.

Attendees heard a moving and inspiring patient story told by a member of our staff with a family member who had experienced sepsis.

The day's was on Foot and lower limb care so there were presentations from podiatry and a podiatric surgeon. There were sessions from Public Health England on infections and our Tissue Viability Service.

There was a Happiness session after lunch with Mike Dixon and apparently our trust is the only NHS Trust to include Happiness sessions for staff.

The event was NHS70-themed with cake and bunting and conference gift bags emblazoned with the NHS70 logo. 

Hari Doman, Lead Professional/Deputy Director Infection Prevention and Control, said: "All in all it was a fabulous day. The team all worked hard but in particular Rachael Skates, she made the cakes, bunting and goody bags."