Infection Prevention and Control at RJAH

A key objective of The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is to maintain a clean culture throughout the Trust and to ensure that hand hygiene and infection prevention and control is embedded in the management agenda and the accountability of all staff. 

The Team

The infection prevention and control team works to support and advise in the prevention and control of infection.  Our team's aims are to:

  • Provide an advisory service from the microbiologist 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
  • Provide education and support
  • Undertake continuous surveillance which helps us to benchmark against other Trusts
  • Support and advise on the prevention and control of outbreaks or incidents associated with infection
  • Indicate areas of risk to the Trust and advise on action
  • Support and initiate audit, research and innovations in infection prevention and control
  • Provide appropriate infection control advice on developments and refurbishments.
  • Communicate through a team of link professionals from all specialities to cascade knowledge throughout the organisation
  • Provide a Wound Clinic service for  RJAH surgical patients 


Key Achievements at RJAH 2013-2014

  • For the 7th consecutive year the Trust has not had any cases of MRSA bacteraemia.
  • The Trust achieved MRSA elective and emergency screening compliance of 99.88% for the year, above the threshold set by Shropshire CCG.
  • The Trust has achieved all mandatory targets for C difficile and MRSA.
  • An Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee developed to implement the Trust's Antimicrobial Stewardship Programme for all patients, to ensure evidence based local antimicrobial guidelines are in place and reviewed regularly.
  • The Infection Prevention and Control Team have worked with the Facilities Manager and the domestic services to ensure continued high standards of cleanliness. Domestic service staff continue to achieve 100% attendance at infection control training.
  • The Infection Prevention and Control Team continued to promote infection prevention across the Trust including sourcing 'pop-ups' advocating infection prevention and control principles at the hospital main entrance and hand wash sinks at the entrance to the Midland Centre for Spinal Injuries (MCSI).
  • A full year of site surveillance has been undertaken and the Trust has consistently achieved infection rates below the national average in hip and knee replacements.

Contact Details:

Infection Prevention and Control Team
Governance Department 
RJAH Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Shropshire, SY10 7AG

General enquiries:
01691 404587 / 404609