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May 2009

In this issue:

WHO hand hygiene initiative

Today sees the launch of the WHO hand hygiene initiative; Save Lives: Clean Your Hands.  Over 3,800 healthcare organisations in 109 countries are registered with the initiative, engaging over 3.6 million staff with the initiative to help reduce healthcare associated infection through hand hygiene.

To help you in communicating good staff hand hygiene the cleanyourhands campaign/UK Hand Hygiene Collaborative has developed a simple, fun, electronic game with educational undertones, intended for circulation to NHS healthcare staff.

The game is based on the WHO’s Five Moments approach to hand hygiene and highlights appropriate moments during care when the care worker cleans their hands to reduce the spread of infection.

You can access the game on the cleanyourhands website.

The team are also sending out a letter to invite chief executives in NHS trusts to restate their local commitment to reducing healthcare associated infection (HCAI) through striving for continuous improvements in hand hygiene by all healthcare staff and to invite them to register to be part of the WHO 5 May initiative.

The WHO have also released a series of tools to help with promoting good hand hygiene, including a promotional video, PowerPoint slides and other resources available from the initiative website.

Five moments workshops

The Five Moments workshops are proving to be a great success, with delegates from the recent Manchester and Birmingham sessions providing very positive feedback:


'This was my first cleanyourhands workshop and I found it extremely useful. The dvd/cd pack will make my life as an IPC nurse, a great deal easier when preparing and delivering mandatory training'

Senior Infection Prevention and Control Nurse, Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust


The training resources provided to delegates at the workshops have already been used in some trusts and have helped to put the Five Moments approach into a practical context. Dr Lemonia Ftika, Consultant Microbiologist at Chesterfield Royal Hospital has had a very positive response to the recent mandatory training session for Consultants which she undertook using the presentations and film clips provided in the resources:


' ...I presented recently the "Your 5 moments explained, Hospital in-patient care" in the Mandatory Consultants rolling programme. Consultants are not an easy group to talk and convince about the effectiveness of  hand hygiene. However, the session was extremely well received and the feedback was excellent at the end. My audience was so enthusiastic that they were  making suggestions on how they could contribute to the successful  implementation of the "Five moments for Hand Hygiene". After this first  successful session, we decided to dedicate all this year's Consultants Mandatory rolling programme to the "Five Moments for hand hygiene".............'


If your trust has not yet registered a representative for one of the workshops (this needs to be an infection control lead with responsibility for training across the whole trust) , we would urge you not to miss out on these unique series of workshops. There are places available on the following dates:


19/05/2009 - Nottingham - Village Hotel
21/05/2009 - London - Radisson Edwardian Grafton Hotel
02/06/2009 - Brighton - Holiday Inn
03/06/2009 - Abingdon - Milton Hill House
09/06/2008 - Bath - Bailbrook House
11/06/2009 - Cardiff - Thistle Hotel                              


Please visit the cleanyourhands website to register for a place.

ShowCasing cleanyourhands

We are very pleased to have been included as a case study on the National Social Marketing Centre’s ShowCase database, which highlights successful UK and International programmes, which have used social marketing techniques to achieve real behavioural changes.


cleanyourhands website

The new look  cleanyourhands website is now up and running – please contact us if you haven’t received your login details yet. If you wish to register additional colleagues, please contact us and once they have registered with the site, we will ensure their registration is approved quickly.

Registration is limited to campaign coordinators in the first instance, but you can register other colleagues if that would be helpful.  They need to complete the registration form on the website, and then we'll contact you for authorisation.

The resource area on the site contains a variety of information, including downloads of materials, the implementation for the next year, and a discussion forum to enable coordinators to provide each other with support.

The site provides a variety of resources including

  • Screensavers
  • Signatures for use in your emails
  • Technique diagrams (now also available as PowerPoint slides)
  • Information on audit

Don’t forget to let us know what you think about the new site!


RCN Congress

RCN Congress is one of the largest events for nurses with upwards of 4000 delegates.  This year the campaign will be holding a fringe meeting on the Five Moments as well as exhibiting.

If you or any of your colleagues are attending, do come along to the fringe event, which is being held on Tuesday 12th May from 1-2pm.


Latest data from the HPA

The NPSA welcomes the latest set of C Difficile figures published by the Health Protection Agency. The figures demonstrate a 38% reduction in C Diff reports on over 65's in the same quarter in 2007.

This reduction is testament to the work of frontline staff supported by a number of national and local initiatives including the cleanyourhands campaign. Specifically for us on the cleanyourhands team these figures demonstrate that the presence of alcohol hand rub in the NHS is not leading to a rise C Diff cases as some sources suggest. It is known that alcohol hand rub is not effective again C Diff spores.

This is why the central role of hand washing is also promoted by the campaign. This will be supported by a film titled "when to wash, when to rub" due to be released within the coming weeks. We hope that this and other aspects of the campaign will continue to empower staff to ensure this downward trajectory in C Diff rates continues.

For more information please visit the HPA’s website