Press release – 3 May 2018
Local art students help to launch WVT “Clean Hands Safe Hands” hand hygiene campaign
Students from Hereford College of Arts have applied their creative skills to design a new hand hygiene campaign for staff, patients and visitors, at Wye Valley NHS Trust, which has been launched this week.
80 students were invited by the Trust to get involved in the new eye catching campaign and put their initial ideas forward using mood boards.
Seven of the student’s ideas were developed into designs and the winner, Miranda Appleton’s, design was chosen for the final campaign, which was launched this week, during the Trust’s Hand Hygiene Week (30 April to 4 May), which coincides with World Hand Hygiene Day on 5 May.
Lucie Grisewood, infection prevention nurse at Wye Valley NHS Trust (WVT) said: “We’re delighted with the new campaign and would like to thank the students, and the winner Miranda Appleton, who we have worked collaboratively with to convey this important message.
“Performing appropriate hand hygiene is one of the easiest ways to protect yourself and others from illnesses, such as sickness, diarrhoea and flu. It is particularly important to do this before and after going to the toilet, before eating, and always when visiting a relative or friend in hospital, as well as using the alcohol hand gel provided”.
Miranda Appleton, student at Hereford College of Arts, said: “This project has been a really good experience. It has given me the opportunity to work with a real client and I have really enjoyed coming up with a solution to the WVT brief. It has also enabled my work to be professionally printed and viewed by a wide variety of people within the public domain".
Hereford College of Arts Tutor, Mark Woods, added; “For our foundation students this is an excellent opportunity to engage with the local community in a meaningful way. As practicing artists we recognise the importance of students working to professional standards and client lead briefs are a brilliant way to offer them the opportunity to work to industry standards”.
Lucie Grisewood at WVT added: “This campaign is one of a number of measures in place at the Trust as part of our zero tolerance approach to Health Care Associated Infections. Our staff members actively promote the “Clean Hands Safe Hands” campaign and hand hygiene audits are regularly undertaken across the organisation.
“We also ask patients to wash their hands before meals and after using the toilet, and encourage patients to ask staff if they have washed their hands before any patient contact.”
Washing your hands:
- Always wash your hands before and after going to the toilet, before eating, and when visiting a patient in hospital
- Wet your hands with clean, warm running water
- Apply soap
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap
- Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, wrists, between your fingers, and under your nails
- Rubbing your hands together for at least 30 seconds
- Rinse hands thoroughly with clean warm water
- Dry hands fully
Left to right: Lucie Grisewood (WVT infection prevention nurse), winner Miranda Appleton (Hereford College of Arts student), Lucy Flanagan (WVT director of nursing), and Sarah Hardy (WVT lead infection prevention nurse).
Note to editors:
Wye Valley NHS Trust is a provider health services across Herefordshire and beyond.
The Trust exists to improve the wellbeing, independence and health of the people we serve. We are the leading provider of health care in Herefordshire.
By working closely with our partners, we can make good our promise to deliver a quality of care we would want for ourselves, our families and our friends.
With an estimated annual turnover of around £180 million, we employ around 2,700 plus staff. We aim to build new relationships between our staff, patients, service users and their carers with the wider community.
For further information please contact: Wye valley NHS Trust communications team 01432 372928 or 01432 355444 ext 5105.