Resources & Guidelines


HIS Guidelines

Guidelines produced by HIS working parties and in collaboration with other Professional organisations.  

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Guidelines and Reports

A comprehensive collection of national and international guidelines and reports produced to support infection prevention and control practice and management.

IPC in 5 - New

We are delighted to announce our new educational resource, 'IPC in 5'. These 5 minute videos are overviews of presentations from our Trainee Education Days.

Other Resources

Further useful documents and resources.

Also in the News

Regular updates and links to news items of interest in Healthcare Infection

Links to Other Organisations

Links to other Professional Societies, National Bodies, Journals and other useful sources.  

Latest Resources & Guidelines added:


  • Treatment of infections caused by multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria: report of the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy/Healthcare Infection Society/British Infection Association Joint Working Party (2018) [added 08 March 2017]
  • Surveillance of infection associated with external ventricular drains: proposed methodology and results from a pilot study (2017) [added 27 February 2017]
  • Decontamination of breast pump milk collection kits and related items at home and in hospital: guidance from a Joint Working Group of the Healthcare Infection Society and Infection Prevention Society (2016) [added 20 April 2016]
  • Prevention and control of multi-drug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria: recommendations from a Joint Working Party (2016) [added 20 April 2016]
  • Development of a sporicidal test method for Clostridium difficile (2015) [added 27 July 2015]
  • 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]

  • 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]

  • HIS working party releases 'Guidance on the use of respiratory and facial protection equipment' (open acccess) and is available here [added 25 September 2013, Journal of Hospital Infection Site]
  • Department of Health management and decontamination of surgical instruments used in acute care (CFFP A - E) - [Added 13 September 2013, Guidelines & Reports page]
  • Guidelines on the facilities required for minor surgical procedures and minimal access intervention -  [Added 15 July 2013, HIS Guidelines page
  • Guidelines for prevention and control of group A streptococcal infection in acute healthcare and maternity settings in the UK - [Added 15 July 2013, HIS Guidelines page
  • Guidelines for the management of norovirus outbreaks in acute and community health and social care settings - [Added 15 July 2013, HIS Guidelines page