2019 OneTogether Conference

The sixth annual conference for OneTogether will see the launch of our fourth Quality Improvement Resource, which is focused on maintaining asepsis. The conference is free to attend and brings together hundreds of clinicians from across the UK and further. Places are on a strictly first come, first serve basis and limited.

At the one and only annual event which brings together the AfPP, IPS, RCN and CODP, delegates will:

Register now: OneTogether Registration

Enter the Small Steps Award

We are inviting health care professionals to enter our annual Small Steps Award. If you have undertaken steps to improve patient outcomes and reduce the risk of SSI, then we would like to celebrate your success.

Enter the awards before 30th September 2019 to have your chance in winning.

Enter the awards here

View our previous winners below to get insights for some inspiration.

2018 Award Winners

Leynie Lugtu

Leynie Lugtu, Senior Theatre Sister Trauma and Orthopaedic Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has been awarded a OneTogether Small Steps Award, 2018, for a project which established a quality improvement programme in surgery at Ashford and St Peters NHS Hospital Trust.

A multidisciplinary team was developed with the aim of reducing infection rates. Following an extensive review of the whole patient journey changes in practice were made and a reduction in SSI rates has been achieved. Bringing the team together to agree consistency in approach to care was crucial to this result.

Helen Richards

Helen Richards, Matron and Surgical Site Infection Surveillance Team at St Richards Hospital Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Chichester was awarded a OneTogether Small Steps Award, 2018, for a project which established a quality improvement programme in orthopaedic surgery.

The Trusts Philosophy is 'Patient First' and in January 2018, Helen was appointed to take the lead on the introduction of practice based on the One-Together programme. This ensured that the evidence-based Quality Standards were being undertaken throughout the patients journey pre, peri and post-operatively.

Workshops took place with representation from the operating theatres, surgical nurses, surgeons, clinical director, surgical managers, anaesthetists, purchasing, estates, facilities, decontamination, pharmacy, procurement and IP&C.

Key to improvement was acknowledging that not one thing matters but a multitude of actions contributes to reducing risk of infection, when applied consistently and appropriately.

Kelly Baptiste

Kelly Baptiste was awarded a OneTogether Small Steps award in 2018.

Kelly introduced the orthopaedic surgical speciality, an audit tool and schedule of assessment of proactive, utilising the OneTogether assessment tools.

A working group involving the multi-disciplinary team was established. Action plans and strategies were formulated to ensure the risk of surgical site infection is reduced. This approach led to an improved learning culture with increased education about SSI reduction practice for existing staff and new starters. Timely communication of surgical site rates has been achieved with a closer working relationship between theatre and infection prevention teams.

Kelly has seen consistency of care for patients improve and has received feedback that prior to this staff didn’t realise the impact small actions can have on patient outcomes.

Event agenda


9:00 Register
9:30 Welcome Rose Gallagher MBE
Professional Lead Infection Prevention and Control/AMR
Royal College of Nursing
9:45 Ng125: Surgical site infections: prevention and treatment
NICE 2019 updates
Melissa Rochon
Quality & Safety Lead for Surveillance 
Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust
10:15 Using OneTogether resources: 2014-2019 Deborah Maria Xuereb
Senior Practice Nurse
Mater Dei Hospital, Malta
10:45 Tea/coffee
11:15 Surgical team & Infection Prevention working together Helen Richards
Surgical Site Infection Surveillance Team
Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
11:45 Launch of 2019 resources: Asepsis guide

Updates NICE 2019
Tracey Radcliffe 
Clinical Governance Lead Nurse
Glan Clwyd Hospital: RCN representative for OneTogether 
12:15 Instrument management: Where we are and challenges Val O’Brien
Chair Central Sterilising Club (UK)
Specialist Healthcare Consultant
12:45 Lunch

Welcome back

Dawn Stott
The Association of Perioperative Practice (AfPP)
14:00 Practicing Asepsis Lindsay Keeley
Patient safety & Quality Lead
The Association of Perioperative Practice (AfPP)
14:30 Small Steps Awards Rose Gallagher and Dawn Stott
15:00 Improving and sustaining infection prevention practice

Julie Storr  
Director S3 Global

Past president of IPS

15:30 Evaluation & Close

OneTogether is proudly supported by

Supported by IPS, AfPP, CODP, RCN, 3M
Supported by IPS, AfPP, CODP, RCN, 3M

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