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RCN infection prevention and control toolkit updated

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and the Infection Prevention Society have teamed to produce a toolkit which provides support for commissioners and providers of healthcare to reduce health care acquired infections (HCAIs). 

The revised Infection Prevention and Control Commissioning framework sets out the structures, objectives and monitoring arrangements required to reduce HCAIs and was released following a change in commissioning structure within the NHS.

The guidance suggests using a series of indicators to support performance management of infection prevention and control (IPC) and assurance against provider contracts.

The RCN's nursing adviser for IPC, Rose Gallagher said: ““Infection prevention and control is an issue that goes to the heart of safe, effective care.

“The infection control commissioning landscape has altered quite considerably over the past few years, which is why the RCN and IPS have worked to update this guidance. It is crucial that health care organisations make sure they are working as effectively as possible to promote infection prevention and control and to reduce HCAIs.”

Best practice for IPC providers outlined in this resource include:

- Registering with Care Quality Commission (CQC) to ensure to provide care that meets Code of practice

- Have their own local IPC strategy or HCAI reduction plan, designed to meet identified priorities

- Have an assurance framework that reflects the local commissioning organisation's HCAI reduction plan and contractual requirements

The full version of the toolkit can be viewed here