Mr Scott Lang1
1Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD, Nowra, Australia
ISLHD Infection Management and Control Service (IMACS) facilitate a co-ordinated Infection Prevention and Control Link Program (ICLP) that is not specifically designed for the Oral Health specialty. Geographical factors result in attendance at education sessions at the nearest hospital which impacts on collaboration.
The need to standardise the ICLP was identified from general discussions with the Oral Health Links and their managers. As a result of executive briefings, approval was given to proceed to establish a meeting with the Oral Health Links for the purpose of conducting a focus group discussion.
A needs analysis using a qualitative approach was undertaken with a purposive sample of Oral Health Links utilising a focus group interview method. Notes were taken during the focus group by the facilitator and these were analysed by the use of coding and theming techniques.
Analysis of the focus group (n=7) identified that oral health staff were keen to participate in a specialist infection control link program. They identified a need for networking opportunities in the form of meetings held every 2 months in addition to targeted indicators. Terms of Reference have been developed and a Schedule of meetings published.
The new Oral Health ICLP has a more focussed approach with improved specialty specific guidance in a supported Oral Health environment. The Oral Health ICLP will be evaluated at 6 and 12 months.
Scott Lang is an Infection Control Clinical Nurse Consultant in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, who works in both the Shoalhaven Hospital Group and the ISLHD Oral Health Services.