HONOURED BY INDUSTRY AWARD Denise Collier, a support worker at Laverneo care home in Pennywell, Sunderland, has been named as the winner of The Care Home Worker Award in the Great British Care Awards for the North East.

Denise, who is retiring in November, has worked at Laverneo since 1996, caring for individuals with a range of physical and learning disabilities.

Denise said: “I am delighted to have won this award, and it couldn’t have been done without the fantastic team at


FEEL ‘UNPREPARED’ FOR WINTER Perfect Ward, a specialist provider of digital quality improvement and safety solutions, has announced the results of the company’s recent Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) poll. More than 120 attendees took part in the interactive poll which was conducted during a webinar hosted by healthcare and policy-making experts as well as a leading NHS Trust and customer of Perfect Ward. The webinar explored how to apply key lessons learnt from the pandemic to create an effective IPC strategy for this coming winter and the future.

Participants were asked what methods they currently use to conduct IPC audits, the efficacy of those audits in preventing infection and about staff training. They were also invited to comment on their organisation’s preparedness for the

Laverneo. I have spent my entire 46-year career working in care, with 26 of those years as a support worker at Laverneo.

“It has been a passion of mine to do the work I do and not a single day has felt like work. I feel incredibly lucky to have dedicated my life to caring for others.

“This is a lovely way to end this chapter with my friends at Laverneo, as I look forward to retirement.”

John Godden MBE, CEO of Salutem Care and Education, said: “On behalf of the whole Salutem family, I’d like to congratulate Denise for this extraordinary recognition.

additional pressures posed by influenza, norovirus and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) as the sector approaches the traditionally challenging winter season.

Highlights of Perfect Ward’s IPC poll include:

• Respondents were split almost equally when it comes to the effectiveness of their current IPC audits to prevent infection. Encouragingly, the majority (55.2%) thought they were effective, although a high percentage (44.8%) of respondents believed otherwise.

• When asked if they feel prepared for winter from an IPC perspective, the results are cause for concern with the majority of respondents (63.2%) saying they feel unprepared compared with 36.8% who do feel prepared.

• Staff training is more evenly split with 57.6% of respondents claiming to be confident their staff have received sufficient training in IPC followed closely behind by 42.4% who believe their IPC training is lacking.

• Although many of the respondents currently use Perfect Ward’s electronic solution to conduct their IPC audits (44.6%), it is surprising to discover that over one third (37.5% combined) still rely on ‘pen, paper and spreadsheets’ or ‘other’ methods for auditing while the remaining 17.9% of respondents use a web-based solution.

Alan Birch, Chief Commercial Officer at Perfect Ward commented: “The health and social care sectors have risen to the challenges of the pandemic, although the results of our poll indicate the majority of organisations do not feel prepared to address the additional challenges this winter brings. This is a worrying trend that is likely to exacerbate already heightened levels of staff stress and fatigue and potentially put the health of staff and patients at risk. In a fast- moving, constantly changing environment, our digital quality improvement solution provides robust support needed by the frontline. While giving senior managers the hard evidence and confidence they need to drive continual improvements to patient and staff safety.”

To learn from the experts and hear real-life success stories about how to build an effective IPC strategy, watch Perfect Ward’s latest webinar on demand. Or read Perfect Ward’s latest blog entitled 7 Effective Ways to Transform Your IPC strategy. - 13 -

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