Overview of project:

A local project to explore the feasibility of a “Glow and Show “kit being placed in one library for educational purposes was undertaken with the help of local library staff.

It entailed:

  • A presentation of the project to local library staff and a demonstration of the kit
  • Advertising via colleagues and libraries
  • Letters of invitation sent out to a variety of health and social care providers within the local community to apply to be part of the project
  • A voucher system was used to ensure that the kit was borrowed by groups/ agencies invited to take part
  • The library staff had an information folder with a list of paperwork and items that should be in each kit
  • Each applicant was asked to complete an evaluation form each time they borrowed the kit
  • The library staff were also asked to complete an evaluation of the process at the end of the project

How was the need for this project identified?

During a previous project “Naughty bug competition” (2016), feedback from schools about the glow and Show kits was extremely positive. Using the kit as part of a teaching aid was well received and made learning more enjoyable and meaningful.

A home care agency who was interested in the taking part in the project had the kit demonstrated to them and they also agreed it was a great teaching tool.

From a national perspective, this is a good way in encouraging better hand hygiene within the community to address the global issue of antimicrobial resistance at a local level.

Please give an overview of the project’s benefits, and the aspects of public health it addresses.

Providing access to the kit is a way forward for local schools, health and social care providers to help educate their pupils and staff in how microbes are transmitted and the relevance of how effective hand hygiene can reduce the transmission of some infectious agents. This supports the local council antimicrobial resistance work plan.

What was the biggest challenge faced by your project? How was this overcome?

Identifying time for discussion about the project with the library team. Negotiating time to present the project to library staff and demonstrate the use of the Glow and Show Kit.  This was done by maintaining an enthusiastic link with one of the library staff and gently promoting the benefits of the kit at every opportunity.  Encouraging all those who showed an interest in the kit to make use of it and complete an evaluation about the project.

Three NEWSLETTERS were put together and sent out to all those who showed an interest.  The NEWSLETTER reiterated the purpose of the project and its progress.  Tips on using the kit were given, including signposting to relevant resources, such as PHE e-Bug.

What advice would you give to a team managing a similar project?

Talk to people who may be involved in the project and see what their thoughts are on the benefits; giving yourself enough time to plan the project (allowing for other people’s busy agendas); depending on who it is aimed at, find out if there is anything that may impact on their engagement, such as school holidays; audits and bids for providing services etc; advertise it widely, using NEWSLETTERS and social media relevant to your audience; you may your communications team may be able to help you and make use of your networks; sell the benefits to your audience – the invitation letters were modified to the specific organisation/ agency they were targeting.  For example, a letter to a school head teacher would be worded differently to a letter sent to a GP practice; use NEWSLETTERS for those who have shown an interest to maintain their interest with ideas of how the kit could be used and a list of associated resources (e-Bug)

What’s next for this project?

  • To obtain sponsorship for the consumables
  • Roll it out to an additional two libraries in Wiltshire
  • Advertise it on the council website; local papers and NEWSLETTERS, such as the Wiltshire Care Partnership NEWSLETTER and other local stake holders
  • Open the opportunity up to other community groups, such as Scouts.

Have you had any feedback (e.g. from colleagues, third-sector partners, members of the public)?

A formal evaluation was obtained from the users and the library staff. Although small numbers, the benefits were unanimous from those who borrowed the kit. Only three library staff provided feedback and only one of these had been involved in lending out the kit. The feedback was positive, but thought a wider invitation may have benefitted the project. This is acknowledged, but perhaps making it clear to library staff where it was promoted would have been helpful.

Which aspect of this project makes you most proud?

The feedback from those who used the kits.

How can your public health colleagues get more information about this project? 

Colleagues can call 0300 003 4566 and ask for Isabelle Tucker, Jenny Wright or Debbie Haynes

Is there anything else about this project you would like to share with your colleagues across SW? 

Planning is important – this can be time consuming and easily under-estimated. Send out hard copy documents to potential borrowers, particularly care homes and domiciliary agencies. Keep in touch with everyone who shows an interest and publicise it within local networks and teams – you never know where it may end up.