Belper health workers land an honour for board game

A BOARD game developed by infection control experts in Belper from Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust has won a major award for making safety fun.

Playing the Infection Control Game has helped drive home safety messages for staff caring for patients on wards in the trust’s community hospitals across Derbyshire, including in Belper, Ripley and Heanor.

Judges for the NHS East Midlands Patient Safety Innovation Awards were so impressed that they have awarded its creators £1,000 to develop the game further.

Michelle O’Connor, senior matron in infection prevention and control, based at Babington Hospital, said: “We are delighted that the game has been so well received and that we will have an opportunity to develop it further for the wider healthcare community and for other applications.

“During its pilot it has really helped staff to apply theory to practice in a fun way, ensuring staff are doing the right things to minimise the risk of patients acquiring a healthcare associated infection. The game is an unpressured way to help staff learn.”

The announcement of the award makes it possible to take the game to the next stage – developing it for a wider application for NHS staff working in different settings. Michelle added: “We’d like to adapt it for use in the community, so it is useful for staff working in care homes, surgeries or visiting patient’s own home. It will help them safeguard their patients by promoting good infection prevention and control practices.”