A local NHS Trust is supporting a global campaign which encourages staff to provide safer care by keeping their hands clean.
As part of a major global effort to improve hand hygiene in health care, the World Health Organisation’s ‘SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands’ annual campaign was launched in 2009.
South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s infection prevention and control team are encouraging staff to pledge their commitment to this year’s campaign by taking photos of themselves holding posters stating things such as “I provide clean care #safeHANDS” – which have then been shared on the Trust’s Twitter page, @allofusinmind.
Katy Symon, infection prevention and control nurse at the Trust, said: “Service users, carers and staff have the right to expect care to be delivered in an environment where risks are proactively reduced and the prevention and control of infections is seen to be a high priority throughout the Trust.
“Supporting the campaign run by the World Health Organisation, which we have encouraged members of staff along with service users to get involved in, shows that we are committed to doing all we can to prevent avoidable infections and provide the cleanest, safest care possible.”
The infection prevention and control team have been busy across the Yorkshire region promoting clean, safe care to a range of people. Below are some photos from the events:
The team visited Barnsley college to celebrate International Nurses’ Day with health and social care students from the college. The infection prevention and control team invited the students to try out the glow tent – a tent which shows how well people have washed their hands using light – and took plenty of photos for the #safeHANDS campaign.
The team also met staff at the Staff Benefits Roadshow at Fieldhead in Wakefield.
The infection prevention and control team rounded off their roadshow with a trip to Kendray Hospital in Barnsley.