National award for dedicated nurse

Viv Duncanson receiving her award EMN-141030-134742001
Viv Duncanson receiving her award EMN-141030-134742001

An infection control nurse from Alvingham near Louth has fought off competition from across the country to scoop a top honour.

Viv Duncanson, senior infection control nurse at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust, won the practitioner of the year award at the Infection Prevention Society (IPS) awards in Glasgow.

The IPS awards recognise and award excellence in infection prevention and control.

Viv said: ”I feel extremely honoured to have been nominated for this award by colleagues who work at a national level, and I am really delighted to have won the award.

“It is very gratifying to know that colleagues from other hospitals and Trusts have recognised some of the great work that I and the infection prevention and control team have implemented over the last few years. Our main objective which drives everything we do is to ensure that our patients receive safe, high quality care.”

As well as leading on strategies to reduce infections across the Trust’s three hospitals in Grimsby, Scunthorpe and Goole, Viv and her team have also introduced infection control awards to acknowledge the high standards of practice that ward staff have achieved and have injected fun and innovative ways to educate staff like their own version of Blockbusters.

Chief nurse Dr Karen Dunderdale said: “I am so proud of Viv, this is so well deserved. She has been a real driving force behind our efforts as a Trust to reduce the incidence of infections.”