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hurdlesSo last week I managed to finish collecting the in-situ data for Study 3 which explores the link between Human Behaviour and Hand Hygiene – and has been a great opportunity to learn more about the day-to-day reality of life on an NHS Acute ward, which really brings context to the other elements of my work, about auditing, technology and Hand Hygiene compliance.

I now have no more data to formally collect, which is a strange feeling, as there are actually so many more questions to ask – however I am at the stage of the PhD process where discipline has to step in, and the doors have to close on further investigation in the interests of ensuring the thesis is written, conclusions are drawn, and a line is drawn in the sand. BUT THEN….then the future research can be planned! 

And that is where March comes in – as I have a number of exciting meetings set up then, to help guide the potential future threads which are starting to spin out of my thesis already and into the wider Infection Prevention community.  Will be great to talk about what has happened so far, to hear what other people have been up to, and to discuss what could happen next. There is so much still left to do in this field, but continued collaboration is of paramount importance to ensure we build on what has gone before, and prevent re-inventing the wheel. Things look bright…

For now, I have my thesis writing motivation plan – the day it is handed in, I am getting an entire cake to eat. Oh yes. You heard right. Because deep down, we all want to be Mary Berry when we grow up don’t we?

cakes

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clockTime has flown by over the past few weeks, so to briefly update you…..

Study 3

I have been spending rather a lot of time loitering on the Ward carrying out my in-situ observations for Study 3, looking at Hand Hygiene and Behaviour. Trying (and failing!) not to get in the way/be mistaken for a Doctor/freak the staff out has been rather entertaining, but mainly I have been collecting some great data for my study, and all being well I should complete this final phase early next week, then move onto the analysis straight away.  Really looking forward to seeing whether the data matches my original hypothesis….will keep you posted on that one!

twitterTwitter

Had a great surprise this week when my IPCT heroes launched their Twitter account, to coincide with a big Valentine’s Day activity they had planned to mark their #GetStoolSmart campaign. So great to be able to keep in touch with the work they are doing, and from the photos they posted during the day it looks like they spread a lot of smiles as well as vital information during their rounds…you can check them out here.

Thesis

Have been filling my non-observation time with writing up my thesis (submission date races ever closer…) and have now officially got 1 Chapter draft reviewed (we’re ok, mainly positive!), and have swapped it for half of another Chapter. I have to try to get the other half-finished by 6th March now, so it’s very much head down and write as much as I can…this week it’s been all about Methods for Measuring Hand Hygiene Compliance.  I jump around a lot (in writing, not physically, that’d be somewhat self-defeating to the deadline target…) though, so it’s hard to try to concentrate on one topic – as concurrently I am reviewing some Hand Hygiene technologies for a later section/paper…however need to just concentrate on getting one thing finished, rather than constantly having too many unfinished bits on the go. So self-discipline is the watchword for next week…

Conferences

Also on the approach for next week is my abstract draft for ICPIC 2013. Really hope to make it to Geneva in June, fingers crossed I can pull it all together – have 2 main topics to decide between, so that’s in the diary for next week. Oh, and then writing the abstract!

Off for more observations this afternoon, then a weekend of (hopefully) sunshine, another short run as I continue my uphill return from injury, and some epic baking. Because there is always a good reason for cake….

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