The hospital’s new infection prevention and control team have made an immediate impact as NHS Improvement’s latest infection prevention control review gave Broomfield a green rating.
After being rated red in September, Judy Holdsworth and Sian Olivo arrived on secondment from Southend and Basildon hospitals, and infection control nurses Jo Wellard and Rosie Davison joined to work alongside healthcare support worker Charlotte Brett and data analyst Janet Thrower.
The team’s dedication has paid dividends as a six-strong team from NHS Improvement and Mid Essex CCG reported excellent progress after inspecting Burns ITU, the emergency department, Bardfield and Terling wards.
Jo Wellard, who began her new role in November, was quick to point out it was a team effort. “We’ve worked really hard with the ward teams, matrons and associate directors of nursing to put infection control at the top of the agenda. We’ve improved surveillance and have regular assurance audits to help wards understand where they could improve. They’ve all been brilliant on taking ownership of infection control on a daily basis.
“Judy, Sian and Charlotte started the process and then Rosie and I came on board to support them. It was certainly an exciting time to join the team and we’ve made a great deal of progress in a short space of time. The inspectors were impressed how engaged wards were and how good practice was embedded.”
Judy Holdsworth added: “We’re a brand new team and I’d like to say a massive thanks to Maggie Bayley and all of the ward staff for their hard work. I’d also like to mention the amazing contribution of the domestics - especially during norovirus - and also everyone working in the laboratories who were so quick at dealing with samples.”