NHS

Meet the Team

With a wealth of NHS experience working in the community health and social care sector, we are an innovative team striving to create the best possible evidence-based resources to help organisations reduce the risks of service users acquiring healthcare-association infections.

Jenny Child

Jenny Child

Consultant Microbiologist and Director of Infection Prevention and Control

I joined Harrogate and District Foundation Trust as Consultant Microbiologist in January 2016 and took over from Richard Hobson as Director of Infection Prevention and Control (DIPC) at the beginning of March.

Over the last sixteen years, I have accrued wide experience of Infection Prevention and Control in acute hospitals of varying size and complexity, as both the Infection Control Doctor and DIPC.

I also have had the privilege of being Editor in Chief of the Journal of Hospital Infection (the Green Journal) from 2011-2015.  Whether we are really about to enter the ‘post-antibiotic era’ or not, we are seeing the spread in  community settings of bacteria which are resistant to more and more antimicrobials, and are witnessing the re-emergence of old enemies such as TB and group A streptococci.  As we’ve seen recently, new viruses such as Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and Ebola cause extensive fear, if not  quite yet the damage that the more familiar flu and Norovirus do every year.  Effective Infection Prevention and Control across the whole healthcare economy is more important than ever, and each and every one of us working for the NHS has our own unique part to play in that.

I am delighted to be part of such a proactive Infection Prevention and Control Team in both the acute hospital and the Community

Sonya Ashworth

Sonya Ashworth

Matron, Infection Prevention and Control and TB Services

I have 22 years’ experience of working in Infection Prevention and Control in NHS hospitals and community settings such as health and social care providers and GP practices, with the aim of promoting best practice in infection prevention and control in accordance with national and local guidance to reduce the incidence of healthcare-associated infection. My experience has provided me with the expertise to write the highly successful ‘Preventing Infection Workbook and Guidance’ for both Community Health and Social Care settings and General Practice.

Gill Johnson

Gill Johnson

Community Infection Prevention and Control Nurse Specialist

I have worked for the NHS for 44 years, the last ten in my current post in Community Infection Prevention and Control. I have experience of auditing GP and Dental Surgeries, and frequently inspect Care Homes with the Care Quality Commission for standards of Cleanliness and Infection Control. In addition to auditing, at their request, I undertake informal visits to health and social care providers, offering advice and suggesting improvements to reduce the risk of infections. Other parts of my role include the joint development of resources with my colleagues to support the advice we give.

Jane Cozens

Jane Cozens

Community Infection Prevention and Control Nurse Specialist

I have previous experience in both Hospital and Community Infection Prevention and Control settings. More recent posts include Discharge Planning and working in the Voluntary sector. These roles required multi-disciplinary working across hospital and community settings, with the main accent on promoting safety and independence for people living at home with and without carers or additional support.

I am looking forward to using this experience in my new post and working within the IPC team.

Caroline Gent

Caroline Gent

Community Infection Prevention and Control Nurse Specialist

After qualifying as an RGN from Glasgow University in 1992 I have acquired a wide range of nursing experiences in both primary and secondary care.  Working as an Infection Prevention Control nurse in a Mental Health Trust highlighted how infection prevention needs to be adapted in a less acute environment, whilst still maintaining its effectiveness.  I joined this team in 2016 and enjoy the creativity of infection prevention control in the community setting.

 

Lynne Willson

Lynne Willson

Community Infection Prevention and Control Nurse Practitioner

I have worked for the NHS for 30 years and have experience in both hospital and community nursing.

My roles in Infection Prevention and Control are within an acute trust as an Infection Control Nurse for twelve years and the last five years as Community Infection Control Nurse within a London NHS Community Trust.

Recently re-locating to Yorkshire, I am looking forward to experiencing Infection Prevention and Control within a rural environment and working with the North Yorkshire Community Infection Prevention and Control Team.

Anna Padget

Anna Padget

Community Infection Prevention and Control Education Resource Specialist

After starting working life in the private sector, I have worked for the NHS since 1988.  I strive to help produce high quality, innovative and user-friendly resources.  The great feedback we receive and the number of hits on our website demonstrates the success of our training materials.

Jill Roe

Jill Roe

Community Infection Prevention and Control Administration Team Leader

I have worked within the NHS Service for 20 years. My immense administrative experience helps me to effectively support the service in a consistently valuable and efficient manner.

Bev Smalls

Bev Smalls

Community Infection Prevention and Control Marketing and Surveillance Officer

I have over 30 years of experience working in administrative roles. I  joined the NHS in 2014 having previously worked with charitable organisations and health and social care settings. I have two aspects to my role – Marketing and also IPC Surveillance which makes for an interesting and varied position. I also support the team with other admin tasks whenever they need.

Julie Johnson

Julie Johnson

Community Infection Prevention and Control Administration Assistant

After working in the NHS since 2004, I joined the Community Infection Prevention and Control Team as an Administration Assistant in October 2016.

Over the years I have gained valuable administrative experience which will help me support the Team, especially in co-ordinating IPC training courses.