Infection prevention and control award
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


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While rates of Healthcare associated infections (HCAIs) like MRSA and c.difficile have fallen significantly in recent years, healthcare associated infections remain a significant patient safety risk. It is estimated around 300,000 patients a year develop an infection while being treated by the NHS in England, with one in six people treated by the NHS picking up an infection.

This award seeks to recognise excellent practice in reducing this risk, both through the prevention of infection and the effective control of it when it does occur. Judges are interested both in programmes designed to address specific infections and in more general work across the whole infection prevention and control agenda.


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 prevention and control.

Please note that projects surrounding covid-19 will not be accepted into this category, and should instead be submitted into the covid-19 infection prevention and control category.


  • Describe the context in which the initiative was necessary, giving clear statistics on the existing situation.
  • 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.
  • Judges are particularly interested in integrated solutions across an organisation and/or inter-organisational cooperation.


  • Provide quantitative evidence that infection rates have fallen as a direct result of the initiative. This can either be for one specific infection in a specific setting, or multiple infections across multiple settings.
  • 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? Are the achievements being replicated or scaled within other departments, specialisms or organisations?
  • Alternatively, provide clear evidence that the work is potentially replicable and scalable.


  • Demonstrate how the initiative has enhanced quality, the patient experience or 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.


  • Show how patients are involved in decisions around their care, and how their views were embedded in the design of the initiative
  • 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.
  • Provide detailed evidence which supports a culture in which all members of staff can raise concerns and make suggestions for improvements

Infection prevention and control award

Infection prevention and control award
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