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NPSA Cleaning Standards Manual (2009)  The Revised Healthcare Cleaning Manual is designed to be used across different healthcare settings, including acute care, mental health care, primary care and the ambulance service.   This guidance has been brought up to date to reflect the diversity of care settings. There is a new, improved collection of cleaning method statements as well as new advice on the use of emerging cleaning technologies.  http://www.nrls.npsa.nhs.uk/resources/?EntryId45=61830

NPSA (2010) National specifications for cleanliness : primary medical and dental premises.  As part of the Health and Social Care Act 2008, Care Quality Commission (CQC) registration will require healthcare providers to comply with essential standards of quality and safety. This includes the need to protect those who may be at risk of exposure to infections.   These national cleanliness specifications provide a framework for primary dental care providers and primary medical care providers to demonstrate to the CQC how they ensure their premises are clean and safe and meet the required standards.

http://www.nrls.npsa.nhs.uk/resources/?EntryId45=75241

Infection Prevention Society sets out to  inform promote and sustain expert infection prevention policy and practice in the pursuit of patient or service user and staff safety wherever care is delivered.  The vision of this society is that no person is harmed by a preventable infection.  Resources can be accessed on http://www.ips.uk.net/

NICE CLINICAL GUIDANCE CG139 prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections  This clinical guideline (published March 2012) updates and replaces NICE clinical guideline 2 (published 2003).  It offers evidence-based advice on the prevention and control of healthcare-associated infection in primary and community care.  New and updated recommendations address areas in which clinical practice for preventing healthcare-associated infections in primary and community care has changed, where the risk of healthcare-associated infections is greatest, and where the evidence has changed.

http://guidance.nice.org.uk/CG139

NPSA Cleaning Standards Manual (2009)  The Revised Healthcare Cleaning Manual is designed to be used across different healthcare settings, including acute care, mental health care, primary care and the ambulance service.   This guidance has been brought up to date to reflect the diversity of care settings. There is a new, improved collection of cleaning method statements as well as new advice on the use of emerging cleaning technologies.  http://www.nrls.npsa.nhs.uk/resources/?EntryId45=61830

The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc (APIC) is a multi-disciplinary voluntary international organisation with over 10,000 members. Its purpose is to influence, support and improve the quality of healthcare through the practice and management of infection control and the application of epidemiology in all health settings. The organisation, which is based in Washington DC, is led by an elected board of members who volunteer their time and expertise. Copies of Hand Hygiene guidance and other infection control guidance followed in the USA are available on this website. 

The Health Protection Agency is dedicated to protecting people's health and reducing the impact of infectious diseases, chemical hazards, poisons and radiation hazards. It brings together the expertise of health and scientific professionals working in public health, communicable disease, emergency planning, infection control, laboratories, poisons, chemical and radiation hazards.

The Department of Health website provides links to other NHS sites including Health Advice for Travellers as well as giving on-line access to all new and prior Department of Health publications. These include Getting Ahead of the Curve, Infection Control Standards and CJD guidance to name but a few.

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The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) was set up as a Special Health Authority for England and Wales on 1 April 1999. It is part of the NHS, and its role is to provide patients, health professionals and the public with authoritative, robust and reliable guidance on current "best practice". The NICE guidelines for Infection Control in Hospital and Primary Care settings can be viewed on this website.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) website provides information on global infection control issues, health topics and initiatives.

The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is located in Atlanta, Georgia, US and is an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services. It is recognised as the lead federal agency for protecting the health and safety of people. CDC serves as the national focus for developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and education activities designed to improve the health of the people of the United States.

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is Britain's national school of public health and a leading postgraguate institution in Europe for public health and tropical medicine. This webside details news, courses and current research.

Euro Surveillance provides peer reviewed information on communicable disease surveillance and control on a weekly and monthly basis.

 

Infection Prevention and Control Team Tel:  01386 502552 Mobile:  07798608171.  These pages are maintained by Louisehough@nhs.net

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