Sodexo signs partnership ‘to provide critical education’
Sodexo has partnered with the Infection Prevention Society and the Tork professional hygiene brand, to launch an Environment, Cleaning and Decontamination programme to help infection prevention specialists tackle infections in healthcare settings.
The facilities management specialist says the new ECD programme will improve best practices and prevent healthcare associated infections throughout the patient's journey. The company said: “It also seeks to educate the infection prevention control community at a time when it is essential; they feel engaged and valued. The programme will involve several highly respected infection prevention and microbiology experts.”
The programme will include a free-to-attend conference on 23 November featuring expert industry speakers and a series of ongoing workgroups. Throughout the year, there will be meetings held to further develop the programme both in the UK and overseas, with the potential to involve international societies. Simon Lilley, Sodexo Healthcare director of Strategy, said: “Sodexo is delighted to be partnering with IPS and Tork in this new programme, which will help reduce preventable infections in healthcare. For many years Sodexo has worked by the side of NHS hospitals creating safe healthcare environments, and this partnership demonstrates our ongoing commitment to harnessing the power of data, science, and best practice, to advancing infection prevention so we can create better patient and staff experiences, improve clinical outcomes, and ultimately improve flow by reducing delayed discharges.”
Jennie Wilson, the IPS President, added: “IPS is delighted to be able to work in collaboration with Sodexo and Tork in making the Environment, Cleaning and Decontamination Programme available to IPS members, along with cleaning managers, facilities managers, and those responsible for decontamination. This programme, which commences on 23 November in Northampton, is the first in a series of educational events in this critical arena. It has been designed to keep practitioners up to date in vital infection prevention areas. Environmental cleaning has always been a critical component in driving excellent patient satisfaction outcomes from both an aesthetic and infection prevention perspective.”