Ms Erica Short1, Mr Brendon Heley1
1South Metropolitan Health Service, Fiona Stanley Hospital, Murdoch, Australia
Whilst infection prevention (IP) teams remain the leaders in national standard 3 (NS3) of the National Safety and Quality in Health Service standards, it is equally essential that there are engaged leaders within clinical areas through portfolio holders. The aim was to develop a framework to support the development of clinicians holding the NS3 portfolios.The passport provides a structured framework, whilst broadening knowledge, expertise and competence of IP principles within the clinical environment.
A survey was sent to NS3 portfolio holders across all disciplines to ascertain the level of perceived engagement and value of IP involvement. Feedback was collated from the survey which strongly suggested that clinicians were keen to expand their knowledge through education. This led to development of the “Infection Prevention and Management Passport-Primary”. The passport has activities that include quality improvement and peer teaching whist attracting Continuing Professional Development points.
It is envisioned that by providing a structured framework that offers opportunity for professional development and education, clinicians will feel supported in the field of IP and will provide leadership to peers. The passport offers development for potential professional advancement whilst striving for excellence.
The ability to provide a structured framework encourages clinicians’ engagement as well as professional and personal growth. Following completion of the passport, clinicians will be equipped to provide professional leadership to peers resulting increased IP knowledge and compliance with primary principles. It was further noted that participation increased in NS3 activities and general engagement in the field.
Brendon Heley is a keen and passionate Clinical Nurse in Infection Prevention and Management at Fiona Stanley Hospital. He has a background in Intensive Care nursing which has given him firsthand experience in the impact of infection control. His vision is to see a reduction in healthcare associated infections.