Adopting a national strategy to eliminate preventable healthcare associated infection

Tracey Gauci1

1Gama Healthcare, United Kingdom

The presentation would include reference to the evolving strategies adopted by the NHS in Wales, UK over the last 18 years since the publication of the National Audit Office Report in 2000 – ‘The Management and Control of Hospital Acquired Infection (HAI) in Acute NHS Trusts in England’. Looking at success to date and challenges going forward, with reference to national initiatives including Value Based Healthcare and it’s relevance to HCAI and Prudent Healthcare agenda.


From 2001 – 2015 Tracey was the Nursing Officer for Communicable Disease Control at Welsh Government, where she was the professional lead for healthcare associated infection and deputised as necessary for the Chief Nursing Officer for Wales. Before being invited to take up this position she worked in and led infection prevention and control teams in both Peterborough, England and then South Wales. Tracey returned to the National Health Service (NHS) in 2015 after almost 15 years as a Government Advisor, as Assistant Director of Nursing (IPC) for Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, one of the UK’s largest providers of integrated healthcare.

She holds a BSc in Infection Control (University of Hertfordshire) and a MSc in Healthcare Management (Swansea University) and is currently establishing a visiting clinical fellowship role with Cardiff University. In October 2017 she took up post as Deputy Clinical Director for Gama Healthcare Ltd – a company focused on developing infection prevention and control solutions.

Outside of the ‘day job’ she is an Honorary Member of the Infection Prevention Society (IPS); coordinator of the Welsh Branch of the IPS; a co-opted member of the UK IPS Board and Patron to the Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals. She also continues to sit on a number of national advisory groups.

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