The aim of the Infection Prevention and Control Service is to promote as safe an environment as possible for staff, patients and visitors in order that the risk of contamination and cross infection are kept to a minimum.
The Infection Prevention and Control Service is provided across the Worcestershire Health and Care Trust, GP Practices and Nursing Homes within Worcestershire and the commissioning element of NHS Worcestershire. The Infection Prevention and Control Nurses are based at Evesham Community Hospital and can be contacted on: 01386 502552 or 07798 608171. Out of hours advice is provided by the on call medical microbiologist acting as Infection Control Doctor who can be contacted through switchboards at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust on: 01905 763333 or 01527 503030.
The following services are provided by the Infection Prevention and Control Team:
Information, advice and guidance relevant to Infection Control.
Monitoring, identification and investigation of infections and outbreaks.
- Preparation of guidelines within the "yellow" Infection Control Policies and Procedures binder which should be available in most areas and can be viewed by using the links at the top left hand side of the page.
Audits of infection control practices and standards.
Education of clinical and non-clinical staff on infection prevention and control issues.
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Infection prevention is everyone’s responsibility, as is providing clean and safe care within a healthcare organisation. Robust infection prevention practice is easier to instil than management of any problem, and will provide sustainable reductions in infection rates.
Within any healthcare organisation the following should be accepted as a minimum requirement:
A culture of zero tolerance to healthcare associated infections (HCAI)
HCAI is everyone’s responsibility
Robust assurance for HCAI
A dynamic and visible Infection Prevention and Control Team
This Code of Practice comes into force on 1 April 2011 for existing registered providers and primary dental care and independent sector ambulance providers, and 1 April 2012 for primary medical care providers. It sets out the criteria against which a registered provider's compliance with the requirements relating to cleanliness and infection control will be assessed by the Care Quality Commission. It also provides guidance on how the provider can interpret and meet the registration requirement and comply with the law.
The Health and Social Care Act 2008, Code of Practice on The Prevention and Control of Infections and related guidance. (DH 2010).