More than 60 appropriate health care specialists have now been recruited as a PPE Champions across the Trust, with a further 20 expected to be trained up next week.

Under the guidance of a lead nurse, their role is to train staff on donning and doffing, provide support and constructive challenge, and educate clinical teams on PPE during the COVID-19 outbreak.

They are also responsible for carrying out PPE audits on the wards three or four times a week and listening to staff feedback.

Bronwyn Ramsay, senior nurse-support to infection control, explained: “The Infection Control team  was asked to develop an audit for the practice of ‘donning and doffing’ following observations that best practice standards were not consistently being adhered to across hospitals.

“In addition, due to the pace of change it is recognised that staff require on-going support and guidance to ensure they maintain the highest levels of staff safety whilst caring for suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients in all areas of the Trust.

“In response to this we created the PPE Champions role a few weeks ago, and we have been amazed at the dedication of the individuals involved and the impact they have been able to make so far.”

The role of a PPE Champion includes:

  • Instructing staff in donning and doffing practice
  • Reassuring staff about PPE supplies
  • Ensuring social distancing is taking place in public areas (such as canteens)
  • Monitoring communal areas across the Trust, to ensure that staff are not wearing excessive PPE and/or scrubs inappropriately
  • Helping staff with hand hygiene practice
  • Ordering PPE equipment
  • Carrying out a Trust-wide audits across Red, Amber and Green wards, in order to create robust reports
  • Using the results of the audit, working with PPE Bronze to deliver a rolling action plan to identify areas for training and how we can maintain best practice in clinical areas

Due to the organic nature of the audit, some of the audit tools may change from week to week, so please ensure you download your audit tool from here:

Name Version Author Last Modified
Scenario 3 Sterile Audit Proforma Template
1.0 03-08-2020
Scenario 3 Non-Sterile Audit Proforma Template
1.0 03-08-2020
Scenario 2 – audit proforma
1.7 03-08-2020
Scenario 1 ward – audit proforma
1.8 03-08-2020
Scenario 1 Sterile Audit Proforma Template
1.0 18-08-2020
1.7 03-08-2020
Scenario 0 – audit proforma template
1.7 03-08-2020
PPE Champions Walk About Audit Proforma template
1.3 03-08-2020
Hood Audit Proforma (EasiAir) Template
1.0 03-08-2020
1.1 26-05-2020

Please find a list of the data items reported to PPE Bronze. The data provided is for the week commencing 17.08.2020 – 07.09.2020:

Name Version Author Last Modified
Walk About Audit
1.0 09-06-2020
1.0 09-09-2020
Scenario 2 Audit Tool
24.08.2020 15-10-2020
Scenario 2 Audit Tool
31.08.2020 15-10-2020
Scenario 2 Audit Tool
07.09.2020 15-10-2020
Scenario 1 Zone in Scenario 0 Area Audit Tool
1.11 29-06-2020
Scenario 1 Zone in Scenario 0 Area Audit Tool
1.0 06-07-2020
Scenario 1 Zone in Scenario 0 Area Audit Tool
1.0 13-07-2020
Scenario 1 Audit Tool
21.09.2020 11-11-2020
Scenario 1 Audit Tool
28.09.2020 11-11-2020
Scenario 1 Audit Tool
14.09.2020 11-11-2020
Scenario 0 Audit Tool
14.09.2020 11-11-2020
Scenario 0 Audit Tool
21.09.2020 11-11-2020
Scenario 0 Audit Tool
28.09.2020 11-11-2020
PPE Bronze Report
08.06.2020 23-06-2020
PPE Bronze Presentation
07.09.2020 - 28.09.2021 11-11-2020
PPE Bronze Action Log
08.06.2021 21-07-2020