Infection control in care agencies

Infection control in care agencies

Control of infection is one of the key elements of safe care in health and social care settings.

Care agencies are are monitored by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) who hold them to account using section 8 of the essential standards and takes in to account the Health and Social Care Act 2008: Code of practice on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance, a document that is commonly referred to as the hygiene code. 

The hygiene code requires the agency to have somebody responsible for infection prevention and control to act as a source of authority and to set and monitor practice standards.

Care agency staff are required to escalate untoward health events to the relevant health professional, e.g. district nurse or GP. Please ask your manager for your agencies escalation process.

If you are experiencing difficulties escalating your concern, please contact the CCG HCAI team on 01769 575161.

Below you will find more information to assist you with this task.

The importance of hand hygiene

Hand hygiene guidance - World Health Organisation SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands - WHO's global annual campaign Hand hygiene posters

Education and training

Preventing Infection in Care at Home- an educational app from NHS Scotland Infection. Prevention. Control - NHS education and advice hub with case studies, guidelines and training Hand hygiene - why, how and when

Useful documents and links

Serious Incidents Requiring Investigation (SIRI) framework and policy WHO- Clean Care is Safer Care CQC essential standards Preventing infection in care at home (Leaflet)
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National guidance, information and publications

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