Pennine Care NHS Trust

Infection Control Summit

Chaired by Professor Brian Duerden

Inspector of Microbiology and Infection Control

Department of Health

Friday 30th November 2007

Norton Grange Hotel



"Hospital Acquired Infection is currently the single most significant issue affecting public confidence in the NHS. A recent national choice survey ranked HAI as the second most significant issue likely to influence patients in their choice of hospital.


The target we must set ourselves is the elimination of all avoidable hospital acquired infection. Elimination would boost not only the confidence of our patients but also of the wider public and crucially of our own staff.

The Pennine Infection Prevention summit allows us to:


  • restate our commitment to this most important principle of patient care;
  • examine how we can make improvements to our performance;
  • ensure all our staff are aware of the part each and every one of them can play;
  • consider how we can engage the wider community in tackling hospital
  • cleanliness;
  • set ourselves improvement targets based on providing better care for our patients." 

John Saxby, Chief Executive, PAHT


Derek Butler attended the Pennine Infection Control Summit and presented "A Healthcare Infection - A Life Time Legacy".  The hard hitting presentation was well received by the audience of around 140 clinicians and health professionals.  It served as a saultory reminder of the consequences of failing to prevent and control avoidable infections, and the devastating impact this has not only on patients who acquire healthcare infections, but the legacy left behind for their loved ones and families, and those responsible for keeping the patient safe - the healthcare professionals.

The summit was well attended and examples of excellence and good practice were shared, The work of NHS Trusts in the Northern Region, such as Southport & Ormskirk and Royal Wolverhampton were cited as examples, and a strong sense of determination that these Trusts demonstrate was shared by the people we engaged with from the Pennine Trust.


Some of the speakers' presentations are available to download, just click on the highlighted links.



Healthcare Associated Infections - A National Perspective on Progress

Professor Brian Duerden, Inspector of Microbiology and Infection Control,

Department of Health

Targeted Support from the DoH - Implications and Expectations

Mary Moore, Programme Manager DoH Cleaner Hospitals Team

The role of the Health Protection Agency in Healthcare Associated Infections

Chris Booth, Director Health Protection Unit

Healthcare Associated Infections - Legal Perspectives

Simon Charlton, Weightman's Solicitors

Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust Experience of being a Trust in HAI Recovery
Vic Crumbleholme, Nurse Consultant Prevention & Control of Infection and
Louise Dickinson, Director of Nursing


Consensus Groups on Clinical and Managerial Responsibilities and feedback

Medical Staff - facilitated by Brian Duerden/John Saxby
Managers - facilitated by Mary Moore
Nurses and Allied Health Professionals - facilitated by Marion Carroll, Executive Director of Nursing, Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
Commissioning, Providing and Contracting (facilitated by Mark Campbell/PCT Colleagues)
Site Management, Patient Flow and Estate Issues

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