Congratulations Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Hospitals Trust
Congratulations to Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Hospitals Trust on winning a £1,000 education grant for their Give Soap a Chance Campaign in the Clinician's Choice category of Kimberley Clarke's HAI Watchdog Awards

On the 21st May Kimberley Clarke announced the winner in the Clinician's Choice category of the HAI Watchdog Awards. Derek took part in shortlisting for the awards, but stood back from this category, as we continue to work with Eileen and her team with their handwashing campaign, so this was a well deserved and totally independent decision.

The winner was decided through online voting via the website . First prize went to Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Hospitals Trust for their "Give Soap a Chance" campaign. The programme focused upon taking the lessons learned about hand hygiene in hospital out to the community and to teach the art of proper hand washing. In partnership with the Business School at Hull University, the Trust worked with businesses, schools and the general public to get its message across. In schools children were inspired by Sammy Soap and the Clean Team to learn effective hand hygiene.

Jonathan Price, General Manager for Kimberly-Clark Health Care in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) said: "The winning Trusts have set inspiring examples of what can be accomplished in the fight to reduce healthcare infections and we hope that their achievements in these awards will help the successful teams receive the recognition they deserve."

The winner of the category for Operating Theatre Infection Prevention Initiative was Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust which made a pledge to drive down surgical site infections (SSI) in orthopaedic surgery.

The changes included employing two dedicated SSI surveillance nurses and a range of initiatives in theatres including restricting access to the department, screening patients for potential infections before they come into hospital and improving skin preparation across the Trust.

In the ICU Infection Prevention Initiative category the winner was Doncaster & Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The programme to reduce ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP) through high standards of oral care focused initially on getting the basics right and creating stability which involved deciding on a practical definition of VAP and recording infection rates. The second phase was to re-design the hospital's care bundle which included enhancing the oral care element.

Highly commended in the ICU category was The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust for its campaign "Beyond Bacteraemias" - including reducing Device Related Hospital Acquired Bacteraemias. The range of initiatives included a bacteraemic ventilator-associated pneumonia count to tackle the difficult issue of determining the source of bacteraemias.

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(c) MRSA Action UK 2012