Sodexo has launched an Environment, Cleaning and Decontamination (ECD) programme to support infection prevention practitioners tackle infections in healthcare settings.
The multi-service provider has partnered with the Infection Prevention Society (IPS) and Tork, Essity’s professional hygiene brand to improve best practices and prevent healthcare associated infections throughout a patient's journey.
Simon Lilley, Sodexo healthcare director of strategy, said: “For many years Sodexo has worked by the side of NHS hospitals creating safe healthcare environments, this partnership demonstrates our ongoing commitment to harnessing the power of data, science and best practice to advancing infection prevention so we can create better patient and staff experiences, improve clinical outcomes and ultimately improve flow by reducing delayed discharges.”
The programme will involve infection prevention and microbiology experts and will educate the infection prevention control community at a time when it is “essential that they feel engaged and valued”.
A free conference will be held on 23 November, which will feature expert industry speakers and result in a series of ongoing workgroups. Throughout the year, there will be a series of meetings held to further develop the programme both in the UK and overseas, with the potential to involve international societies to extend the reach of the initiative.
Jennie Wilson, IPS president, said: “This programme, which commences on 23rd November in Northampton, is the first in a series of educational events in this critical arena. It has been designed to keep practitioners up to date in vital infection prevention areas.
“Environmental cleaning has always been a critical component in driving excellent patient satisfaction outcomes from both an aesthetic and infection prevention perspective. The IPS Environment, Cleaning and Decontamination Programme is aimed at staff at the front line who deliver on the high standards required, and IPS is pleased to be offering this educational series in association with Sodexo and Tork.”
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