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Dr Jacqui Prieto

PhD, RN, BSc (Hons), BSc, PCAP

Associate Clinical Professor, Infection Prevention

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Dr Jacqui Prieto has a joint appointment as Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Southampton and University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. 

Her academic and clinical work focuses on implementing evidence-informed infection prevention practice to reduce avoidable healthcare-associated infections. She has a particular interest in reducing catheter-associated urinary tract infection. Jacqui is an alumna of the NIHR 70@70 Senior Nurse and Midwife Research Leaders Programme (2019-22) and continues to provide leadership to strengthen the nursing and midwifery contribution to research in NHS organisations.

Landmark publications:

Loveday   HP, Wilson JA, Pratt RJ, Golsorkhi M, Tingle A, Bak A, Browne J, Prieto J,   Wilcox M. epic 3: National Evidence-Based Guidelines for Preventing Healthcare-Associated Infections in NHS Hospitals in England. Journal of Hospital Infection. 2014; 86S1:S1-S70.

Major grants:

‘StOP UTI’ - Strategies for Older People living in care homes to prevent Urinary Tract Infection: a realist synthesis of the evidence (NIHR HTA Programme, Chief Investigator, £239k, Sept 2020 – Feb 2022)

Development and clinical trial of a mixed (multi/single-use) catheter management package for users of intermittent catheters (NIHR Programme Grant, Co-investigator, £2M, 2011)

Impact example:

NHS outcomes have included:

  • Hospital-wide decrease in the inappropriate use of urinary catheters.

  • Introduction of the hospital-wide use of portable bladder ultrasound scanners, yielding substantial benefits for patients and cost savings in excess of £130k per annum, as evaluated by a comprehensive economic assessment.

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