Trainee Education Programme
Latest training day
Infection Prevention and Control in Non-Acute Settings
Monday 4 July 2016 at the Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre
Registration is now open
Journal of Hospital Infection
Impact factor 2.544
New Guideline Out Now
The NICE accredited guideline on the Prevention and control of multi-drug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria is now freely available.
Online library of HIS and other Guidelines
HIS publishes a number of carefully researched guidelines, available with other infection prevention guidelines in the HIS online guideline library.
HIS Spring Meeting 2016
10 May 2016
Contaminated Surfaces: The Missing Link
Tues 10 May 2016, Jury’s Inn, Birmingham.
The programme has been awarded 5 CPD credits from the Royal College of Pathologists.
Health and Social Care Act 2008 (July 2015) Code of Practice on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance, [added 2 October 2015, Guidelines and Reports page]
The O’Neill Commission report on the financial burden of Antimicrobial Resistance: Tackling a crisis for the health and wealth of nations, [added 11 December 2014, Guidelines and Reports page]
UK Governments 5 Year Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Strategy 2013–2018 Annual progress report and implementation plan 29014, [added 11 December 2014, Guidelines and Reports page]
Department of Health 'Implementation of modified admission MRSA screening
guidance for NHS (2014)' is available here [added 3 September 2014, Guidelines and Reports page]
epic3: National Evidence-Based Guidelines for Preventing Healthcare-Associated Infections in NHS Hospitals in England (open acces) is available here [added 12th December 2013, Journal of Hospital Infection Site]
The Society is pleased to announce that it is introducing a new biennial major research grant for research in areas of particular importance to infection control. Instead of the usual major research grant, there will be up to £150,000 available over three years. The deadline for submission is 31 July 2016. Details can be found on the major grants page.
Point Prevelance Survey
Public Health England (PHE) is coordinating English participation in the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC) Point Prevalence Survey (PPS) on HCAI. This will be England’s fifth PPS on HCAI and second national survey on antimicrobial consumption and prescribing quality indicators. PHE has invited all acute hospitals in England to participate in the PPS which should occur over any two week period in each hospital between September and November 2016. PHE would like to invite each Trust to nominate two surveillance leads (eg lead IPC nurse and antimicrobial pharmacist) and email names to PPSEngland@phe.gov.uk by 15 May 2016. PHE will provide training to NHS staff on data collection and entry (dates and venues to be confirmed).
WHO Hand Hygiene Day - 5 May 2016
Hand Hygiene is an importantion part of an infection prevention and control programme in all settings that support surgery, prevents patient infection and reduces an avoidable burden on health systems. The World Health Organisation are promoting Hand Hygiene Day on 5 May 2016. You can visit their web page for more information and campaign resources.
Following the incredible national effort to develop local guidance for personal protective equipment (PPE) in response to the West Africa EVD (Ebola Virus Disease) outbreak, Dr Anne Tunbridge and Dr Cariad Evans of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals are collating information on the diversity of protocols used across the UK. Their aim is to collate this data to inform parties involved in the design of national PPE standards via a survey. Ideally, it should be completed ideally by someone within your Trust who is responsible for decisions around PPE, or is an Infection Control Lead (eg microbiologist, Infection Control doctor or nurse, or DIPC).
The survey can be found online and should take no longer than 5-10 to complete. It will be available until 17 July. The data collected will be hugely helpful in future planning. This survey is supported by the NHS England ‘High Consequence Infectious Diseases’ programme, whose aim is to develop a national strategy for managing future episodes such as the EVD outbreak of 2014-15.
AMR Local Indicators User Guide
The AMR Local Indicators profile is now available through the PHE Fingertips portal. Data have been uploaded for five domains (antimicrobial resistance, Antibiotic Prescribing, healthcare associated infections, infection prevention and control and antibiotic stewardship). The indicators are intended to raise awareness of antimicrobial resistance and to facilitate the development of local action plans. These data may be used in reference to policy documents such as the 2016/17 CQUIN and the 2016/17 Quality Premium Guidance.
For further information on how to access and utilise the AMR Local Indicators, please refer to the attached user guide.
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