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Andrea Jenkyns MP

AJHIRES_croppedGood hand hygiene is key to ensuring patient safety and stopping the spread of preventable illnesses.

I have witnessed myself poor hand hygiene in and out of hospitals. My father passed away from MRSA, which he contracted during what should have been a routine procedure.

This is a problem that needs to be tackled, and I’m very excited that this campaign will be taking a lead on such an important issue.

Andrea is the Conservative MP for Morley and Outwood and a Member of the Health Select Committee. She is also the Chair of the APPG on Patient Safety, and is leading the Handz campaign.

We would like to show our heartfelt thanks to all those who are supporting us with the campaign. This includes our sponsor, Deb Group, who are committed to eradicating infections and raising awareness. To our Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies for her continued support and for leading the way globally and this important issues.

Our supporters include…

Emma Reynolds MP

The growing problem of antibiotic resistant bacteria is at the top of the global health agenda. Promoting good hand hygiene is key to stopping avoidable infections. The spread of such bacteria could mean that antibiotics no longer work and that we lose the ability to fight simple, avoidable illnesses.

This would place a huge burden on the NHS and could have a devastating effect on public health. I’m delighted to be working on a cross party basis with Andrea Jenkyns MP and Dr Philippa Whitford MP to promote good hygiene and tackle this global issue.

Emma is the Labour Member of Parliament for Wolverhampton North East, elected in May 2010. Is a member of the Health Select Committee.

Dr Philippa Whitford MP

CSUsy-FXAAAVAXOMany people carry MRSA in their bodies without coming to any harm but this bacteria can be a serious threat to patients who are ill in hospital, particularly if they have had surgery.

“Thorough hand washing reduces the spread of germs and bacteria and teaching the importance of clean hands to children, as well as adults, will reduce the risk of infection to everyone.

Dr Philippa is the Member of Parliament for Central Ayrshire, elected in May 2015. She is the Scottish National Party Health Spokesman, and before entering politics worked as a consultant breast surgeon.

Deb Group

Bryan-smiling-smlCorrect hand hygiene practice is the most effective and efficient way to reduce the spread of harmful infections. Deb Group has long been involved in efforts to reduce the threat of infections, in partnership with organisations such as the World Health Organisation, and we are delighted to be working alongside Andrea Jenkyns MP to bring this issue to attention of parliamentarians and the public.

In the NHS, over six out of every one hundred patients acquire an infection during their stay in hospital; the impact of this is devastating to patients, their loved ones, but also the wider healthcare system which is under immense financial and operational pressure in recent years. As suppliers of hand hygiene and skin care solutions to the NHS, this is something that we see day in and day out. Not only as a company, but as users of the NHS ourselves, we are motivated to do as much as we can to ensure that best practice is spread throughout not only our healthcare system, but wider society. Something so simple – washing one’s hands correctly – has far-reaching consequences that benefit the population and the services that we rely upon.

Deb GoupBryan Andreson is the CEO of Deb Group, the campaign sponsor. Deb is one of the largest suppliers of hand hygiene products to the National Health Service.

MRSA Action UK

derekbutlerHand Hygiene is the foundation of all good healthcare, everyone involved in caring for patients has a responsibility to clean their hands at the right time, every time.

The consequences of getting it wrong are too great for the patient and ultimately for society. Any avoidable infection is one too many, it may prove impossible to treat if antibiotics are no longer effective. So please don’t be accountable for avoidable infections. Join MRSA Action UK in supporting HandZ and make patient care the first priority and to be as safe as it can be.

MRSA Action UKDerek Butler is Chair of MRSA Action UK.

MRSA Action UK is a registered charity providing support and information for anyone affected or wanting to know about MRSA or other healthcare related infections.

Patients Association

KatherineThe Patients Association is driven by a desire to improve the experience and outcome for patients across the health and social care sector.

A key part of this is improving patient safety, and good hand hygiene is the cornerstone of ensuring patients are not put at risk of healthcare acquired infections while in hospital.

Having worked with Andrea to set up the APPG on Patient Safety, the Association is delighted to support this campaign.

Katherine Murphy is Chief Executive of the Patients Association.

The Patients AssociationThe Patients Association’s motto is ‘Listening to Patients, Speaking up for Change’. This motto is the basis on which we build all our campaigns. From the contacts we receive via our Helpline, we capture thousands of accounts each year from patients, carers, family members and friends about peoples experiences of the health and social care service. We use this knowledge to campaign for real improvements across the UK. In addition, our Helpline provides valuable signposting and information for patients and supports them as they navigate through the healthcare services.


Adam Dakri PictureBacteria and viruses can easily be spread by touch. They may be picked up from contaminated surfaces, objects or people, then passed on to others.

Effective hand decontamination – either by washing with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand rub – is recognised as crucial in the reducing avoidable infection.

Education and training are critical if we are to make continuous improvements in the fight against avoidable infections, by working collaboratively to exchange knowledge we can ensure effective hand hygiene practices are adhered to. Knowlex are proud to support the handZ campaign in our effort to improve infection prevention & control education and awareness.

Adam Dakri is Head of Healthcare at Knowlex.

NEW Knowlex-LogoKnowlex, short for ‘Knowledge Exchange’, has been set up with the ambition of disseminating information on research and innovative practice to help healthcare professionals in their working lives. The NHS is at a crossroad, with unprecedented constraint on resources and seemingly continual growth in demand. Our objective is to help all organisations in health to become more efficient and effective in delivering better outcomes for the public.

Julie Storr

The fact is – hand hygiene is a life saver. I welcome any and every julieinitiative that keeps this important topic high on the agenda and helps galvanise tried and tested action to push forward improvements.

Julie Storr is the immediate Past President of the Infection Prevention Society. She is also Director of S3 Global and Consultant to the World Health Organisation’s new Global Unit on Infection Prevention and Control.

Claire Kilpatrick

claireIt is evident that for countries to ensure that hand hygiene action is
embedded as a life saving activity every day, national leadership is necessary. This renewed national leadership will not only mean lives saved in England but will also stimulate others to take action.

Claire Kilpatrick is Director of S3 Global and a Consultant to the World Health Organisation’s new Global Unit on Infection Prevention and Control. She is also Honorary Research Fellow at the Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London.

Professor Didier Pittet

didierCountries all over the world have committed to hand hygiene but we know that action is still needed today. England have led the way in the past and are doing so again now with these renewed efforts to raise awareness and improve practices – you are to be commended.

Prof. Didier Pittet MD MS CBE is part of the Infection Control Programme & World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre on Patient Safety. He is also a member of the The University of Geneva Hospitals and Faculty of Medicine and Lead Adviser to the World Health Organisation Service Delivery and Safety Department.

CMV Action UK

Caroline-StarCongenital CMV is one of the main causes of children being born with birth defects in the UK but pregnant women are not routinely told about it, nor the simple steps they can take to protect their baby. CMV can cause irreversible damage to an unborn baby resulting in disabilities such as profound deafness, cerebral palsy and even stillbirth.

We want to see every pregnant woman equipped with knowledge of how CMV is spread and how to reduce these risks – following some simple hygiene precautions such as regular hand-washing and not sharing food, drink and cutlery with small children can make all the difference.

We are delighted to support the Handz campaign to raise awareness about hand hygiene.

Caroline Star is Chair of CMV Action UK.

ImprimirCMV Action is a UK organisation of parents and volunteers who have come together to raise public awareness of Congenital CMV and to campaign for better prevention measures within our health service.

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