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Team of the Year (Leeds System) - Outstanding Achievement

Outstanding Achievement - Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Team


The outstanding achievement award for the ‘Team of the Year’ in the Leeds System is a partnership award which was created as an extension of our Thank You Event to recognise the significant contribution made throughout this year by the IPC Team.

The Infection Prevention and Control team

Steph Lawrence, Executive Director of Nursing and Allied Health Professionals who nominated the team said: The IPC team at LCH are already an award winning team, but they deserve this award for the exceptional support and expertise they have provided to the Trust during the Pandemic. The team has worked as one to ensure the Trust has the support and guidance it has needed at all times during what has been an exceptional and challenging time for them.”

“The team has built relationships across the Trust and externally with partners including the local authority, the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and care homes to ensure the whole system got the support it required.”

The team were also nominated by Carolyn Nelson, Head of Medicines Management and Controlled Drug Accountable Officer who said: “In 2020, two hundred years since the birth of Florence Nightingale, the work of the IPC Team has never been more important. The role of the small, but mighty IPC Team has been well and truly thrust into the spotlight.”

“The work of the Team is so much more than COVID. Despite the pandemic the team has continued to: deliver statutory and mandatory training, investigate health care acquired infections, delivered the annual staff 'flu vaccine campaign, ensured water quality for dental procedures, audited environments where care is delivered, trained Care Home staff and have continued to promote hydration to reduce the impact of E-coli. Team IPC - you are the best - second to none.”

The award was presented via Microsoft Teams by Thea Stein, Chief Executive, Steph Lawrence, Executive Director of Nursing and Allied Health Professionals alongside representatives from our partners - Tim Riley, Chief Executive of Leeds CCG, Cath Roth, Director of Adult Social Services at Leeds City Council and Victoria Eaton, Director of Public Health and Leeds City Council.

Speaking on behalf of the IPC team Liz Grogan, Head of IPC said: “I’m absolutely blown away by all the lovely comments I wasn’t expecting this at all this. The team have continued to pull together in such hard circumstances. We’re just really grateful for all the continued support through this and the team have done such a marvellous job - I’m eternally grateful, thank you just doesn’t seem enough and I hope the team know how amazing they are.”

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