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Professor Judith Tanner

Job: Professor of Clinical Nursing Research

School/department: School of Nursing and Midwifery

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH.

T: +44 (0)116 201 3885

E: jtanner@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.dmu.ac.uk/hls

 

Personal profile

Professor Tanner undertakes research, consultancy and PhD supervision in the following areas:

  • Healthcare associated infection
  • Surgical site infections
  • Surgical site surveillance
  • Interventions to reduce surgical site infections.

Research group affiliations

  • Infection Research Cluster
  • Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre
  • Health Policy Research Unit.

Publications and outputs 

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Research interests/expertise

  • Healthcare Associated infection
  • Surgical site infection
  • Surgical site surveillance
  • Patient pre- and intra operative warming
  • Surgical skin preparation solutions
  • Pre-operative antimicrobial body washing
  • Surgical care bundles – compliance and effectiveness
  • Patient experience of surgical site infections
  • Pre-operative hair removal
  • Surgical glove protection
  • Surgical hand disinfection.

Areas of teaching

  • Surgical site infection
  • Surveillance methods
  • Methods.

Qualifications

PhD, MPhil, BN

Honours and awards

Association for Perioperative Practice (AfPP) Chairman’s Award 2006 - For developing perioperative practice.

Membership of external committees

  • European Advisory Board for Antiseptics
  • Trustee HOPE Charity
  • Research committee member, Infection Prevention Society.

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Association for Perioperative Practice
  • Infection Prevention Society.

Professional licences and certificates

Nursing and Midwifery Council

Forthcoming events

Lecture tour in Japan 2012

EM Cottrell Lecture, Infection Prevention Society Annual Conference October 2012

Conference attendance

Tanner J Healthcare associated infection: prevention and control in the UK, Tokyo, Japan February and March 2012, Invited lecture tour

Tanner J Advances in surgical site surveillance. Webber Teleclass International Broadcast, February 2012 Invited speaker

Tanner J Surgical site infections and surveillance, Irish Nurses Association Conference, Kilkenny, Ireland April 2011 Invited speaker

Tanner J Patient warming and surgical site infections. European 3M Conference, Neuss, Germany March 2011 Invited speaker

Tanner J Surgical site infections in the OR and evidence based practice, Danish Operating Room Nurses Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark March 2011 Invited speaker

Tanner J Surgical site infections in the OR, Norwegian Operating Room Nurses Conference, Oslo, Norway February 2011 Invited speaker

Tanner J Reducing the risks of SSI through a care bundle approach, Invited speaker Infection prevention Society, Bournemouth September 2011

Key research outputs

Cochrane Systematic Review Surgical gloving:

  • Studies from this review are included in the NICE Surgical Site Infection Guidelines 2008
  • Association for Perioperative Registered Nurses (USA) Perioperative Standards and Recommended Practices 2008 – gloving guidelines informed by this review
  • Association for Perioperative Practice Standards and Recommendation for Safe Perioperative Practice (UK) 2007 – gloving guidelines based on this review
  • The Royal College of Surgeons base their recommendations for double gloving on this review
  • Australian College of Operating Room Nursing Guidelines 2006 – standards for gloving is based on this review
  • This review has been reproduced in a textbook – A Cochrane Pocketbook Pregnancy and Childbirth, Wiley 2008 page 334-336 and reprinted in numerous journals.

Cochrane Systematic Review Preoperative hair removal:

  • Hair removal recommendations cited in the Department of Health’s High Impact Interventions are based on this Cochrane Review
  • This review was included in the NICE Surgical Site Infection Guidelines 2008. NICE guidelines for hair removal are based on this review
  • This review has been reproduced or reviewed in numerous journals/magazines including a textbook – A Cochrane Pocketbook Pregnancy and Childbirth, Wiley 2008 page 339-340
  • Association for Perioperative Practice Standards and Recommendation for Safe Perioperative Practice 2007 – hair removal guidelines based on this review.

Colorectal and breast surgical site surveillance programme pilot:

  • This work was instrumental in the decision to implement a trust wide surveillance programme at the University Hospitals of Leicester which included employing 5 new surveillance staff
  • Local commissioning targets for reductions in surgical site infections at the University Hospitals of Leicester were built on the findings from this pilot programme

Using the Waterlow score to identify patient at risk of developing C diff:

  • Based on the findings of this study the Waterlow score is now used by some hospitals to identify patients at risk of developing Clostridium difficile

Externally funded research grants information

Tanner J (PI), Walsh S 2011 Randomised controlled trial of surgical skin prep solutions. Molnlycke HealthCare £30,000

Tanner J (PI), Trappitt G 2011 Scoping exercise for the development of an Infection Research Unit, HEIF De Montfort University, £10,000

Ikeda M (PI), Tanner J, Nevill M 2011 Nurses knowledge of infection Prevention. Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, £40,000

Tanner J (PI), Brown B, Davey S, Murphy K 2011 Patient experience of surgical site infection. Infection Prevention Society, £5,000

Tanner J (PI), Leaper D, Kiernan M, Trueman M, Brown B, 2011 Care bundle to reduce surgical site infection. 3M, CareFusion, Bode, Smith and Nephew, Activa, Augustine Medical, £60,000

Tanner J (PI), Trappitt G 2011 Scoping exercise for the development of an Infection Research Unit, HEIF De Montfort University, £10,000

Tanner J (PI) Walsh S 2010 Whole Body Washing. Molnycke HealthCare, £25,000

Brown B (PI), Tanner J, Baggott R, Jenkins R 2010 Healthcare-Associated Infection Control in the Ambulance Service. RIF £10,000

Baggott R (PI), Anthony D, Tanner J, Jones K 2009 Community Interventions in Health, Oxford Health Alliance. £250,000

Tanner J (PI) Khan D 2008 Patients’ preferences of hand hygiene. Hospital Infection Society, £5,000

Baggott R (PI), Anthony D, Tanner J, Jones K 2008 Community Interventions in Health (pilot study), Oxford Health Alliance £100,000

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