The Infection Prevention and Control Team (IPCT) provides all staff, both acute and community, with comprehensive information on the prevention and control of infection, to ensure high quality care, safety and wellbeing of patients, staff and visitors.  

The IPCT service provision is multi-faceted and includes identification, monitoring, investigation and provision of specialist medical and nursing advice in relation to infection prevention and control Trust wide. The team collaborates with partner organisations: Public Health England (PHE) Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) - Sunderland and South Tyneside to inform and share best practice and maintain swift appropriate action in response to emerging infection prevention and control issues. The Director of Infection Prevention and Control (DIPC) advises the Board of Directors on all issues relating to Infection Prevention and Control and has delegated responsibility for ensuring that effective systems and processes are in place to minimise the risk of infection across the Trust.  The Infection Prevention and Control Doctor (IPCD) supports the IPCT and DIPC.

The IPCT are committed to effective prevention and control of health care associated infection through the delivery of a strategy which supports the ongoing development of education and training and audit and surveillance.  Attainment of DH mandatory targets for MRSA, Clostridium difficile infection and Gram negative bloodstream infections remain a high priority.  

Infection Prevention and Control guidelines, procedures and policies are available to all staff on the Intranet to minimise the risk of healthcare associated infection and ensure compliance with the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (updated 2015).  Leaflets are available for patients, carers and staff to provide information on specific infections / treatment regimes.

Contact us

We are open Monday - Friday 09:00 - 17.00

  • South Tyneside District Hospital: 0191 4041270
  • Sunderland Royal Hospital: 0191 5699011  
     

Outside normal working hours

  • Urgent medical advice: contact on-call Microbiologist via switchboard.
  • Urgent nursing advice / reporting: contact IPC Nurse via switchboard.

Finding us

  • South Tyneside District Hospital: Upper Parkdale, Harton Wing
  • Sunderland Royal Hospital: Anaesthetic Corridor, A Floor

Our team

Dr Shahid Wahid: Director for Infection Prevention and Control (DIPC)
Dr Chris Settle: Infection Prevention and Control Doctor
Dr Richard Ellis: Deputy Infection Prevention and Control Doctor (South Tyneside)
Dr Katherine Watson: Deputy Infection Prevention and Control Doctor (Sunderland)
Sharon Gordon: Head of Infection Prevention and Control
Infection Prevention and Control Senior Nurses/Specialist Nurses