Tracey Cooper, who has led the infection prevention team at Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust since 2002, took up the prestigious role earlier this month.
She will work closely with the new IPS president, Martin Kiernan, consultant nurse in infection prevention at Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust, to lead developments in infection prevention education, research and publication across the country.
Mrs Cooper's election as vice-president is the latest accolade in a long line of achievements recorded in recent years, which include serving as regional chair of the Infection Control Nurses Association.
In the past five years, she has written for 11 high profile publications and was the Infection Prevention Society publications editor from 2004 to 2008, with responsibility for the British Journal of Infection Control.
Mrs Cooper, who has worked in infection prevention for the 12 years, has served as a member of the Healthcare Commission expert reference group and as a clinical reviewer for the Department of Health's MRSA/Cleaner Hospitals Team.
"I am extremely pleased to have been elected vice-president of this influential society and look forward to furthering education and development for all our members in order to benefit our patients by reducing infection," she said.
Posted on Friday 31 October 2008