Infection control in general practice

Infection control in general practice

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

General practices 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 practice to have somebody responsible for infection prevention and control to act as a source of authority and to set and monitor practice standards.

Whilst the CCG is not responsible for providing an infection control service to general practice, the HCAI team do provide some quarterly data on infections (C.difficile and Bacteraemia) to assist practices in meeting their NHS England Area Team requirements to complete Significant Event Audits (SEA). We may contact individual practices if our data analysis identifies untoward trends.

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

Catheter passport

All residents/patients with a urinary catheter should have a catheter passport.

There are two versions of the catheter passport- one for use in Northern & Eastern Devon and one for use in Western Devon. 

Download the appropriate version below.
Catheter Passport- Northern & Eastern Catheter Passport- Western

Investigating healthcare associated infections in primary care

The crib sheet linked below is intended as a guide for primary care providers in the event of being asked to do a Root Cause Analysis or Post Infection Review.
It includes a list of directed questions tailored to C difficile, MSSA, MRSA and E coli investigations.
Investigating cases of healthcare associated infection in primary care

Education and training

Level 1 course on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) from E-learning for Healthcare Video explaining antibiotic resistance and offering advice (PHE) Infection. Prevention. Control - NHS education and advice hub with case studies, guidelines and training Hand hygiene - why, how and when Royal College of Nursing - Training Resources NHS Education for Scotland - Training Resources

Useful documents and links

Patient guidance from IPS: Managing Your Infection Zika virus information page (PHE)- including primary care guidance South West measles outbreak patient information Devon and Cornwall Practice Nursing- a site developed to support General Practice Nursing Teams Serious Incidents Requiring Investigation (SIRI) framework and policy Infection Prevention Society audit tool for general practice WHO- Clean Care is Safer Care NICE guidance (CG69) on antibiotic prescribing in respiratory tract infections CQC essential standards
For further resources, guidance and information, please click the below link
National guidance, information and publications

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