Covid-19 infection prevention and control award

How to apply

  1. Register an account.
  2. Start your entry (save it in-progress).
  3. Submit your entry to be in the running.

Best of luck!

For any questions, please contact Ryan Bessent


The complete transformation of operations across the country’s health and care settings throughout covid-19 pandemic has highlighted just how much work can be required to ensure patients remain infection-free.

This award seeks to recognise the programmes, teams and initiatives integral to reducing risk and creating safe care pathways across health and care settings, both through the prevention of infection and the effective control of it when it does occur. Judges are keen to see the innovative approaches taken in applying national guidelines, find out how teams are developing enhanced standards and covid-secure environments for staff, or learn how covid-green sites have been developed and maintained.


Entries are welcomed from all NHS organisations and public sector health and social care bodies. Judges are looking for projects and initiatives which can demonstrably show holistic approaches to covid-19 prevention and control.


  • Describe the context of how covid-19 is affecting your local population and health/care setting, and the expected situation should measures not be applied.
  • Describe the project or initiative, including an outline of the goals set, what checks and balances were in place, and how success could be measured.
  • Explain how the initiative was informed by existing best practice or evidence surrounding infection prevention and control.


  • Provide quantitative evidence that infection rates have fallen as a result of the initiative.
  • Show how your work has directly contributed to the delivery of consistently high-quality care. This must include a quantitative aspect, but can also include qualitative measures such as patient feedback
  • What other benefits have been realised as a result of the project?


  • How have your team worked within your organisation to disseminate the success of this initiative?
  • What best practices have been set that will help safeguard in the event of future waves?
  • Provide evidence that the achievements or best practices can be replicated or scaled within other departments, specialisms or organisations


  • Describe how the initiative has contributed to the overall lifesaving efforts of the health system in response to covid-19
  • Demonstrate how the initiative has benefitted both staff and patient safety, through enhanced quality, enhanced patient experience or increased ability of staff to manage care more effectively
  • Outline to what extent the initiative has helped deliver financial value as well as value to the patient.
  • Provide testimonials from patients and stakeholders to help support the entry.


  • Evidence how a multidisciplinary approach was taken, with all relevant parties fully engaging in the work. This should include managers, medics and nurses as well as patients and families.
  • How was an effective balance struck between collaboration and consultation with patients and staff, and delivering a quick and agile implementation
  • Provide detailed evidence which supports a culture in which all members of staff can raise concerns and make suggestions for improvements

Covid-19 infection prevention and control award

Covid-19 infection prevention and control award

To find out more

Contact Ryan Bessent for information on how to get involved with the Patient Safety Awards 2021 on 0207 608 9045 or email at