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Infection prevention and control (IPC)
Living with COVID-19 white paper – update
Update outlining the areas that are being reviewed and may change, and highlighting those areas that will remain the same.
Published 23 February 2022.
Updated UK Health Security Agency guidance – confirmatory PCR tests to be temporarily suspended for positive lateral flow test results
A summary of the updated guidance which applies to all staff, working in all facilities, settings and organisations delivering NHS care and volunteers working in settings with patients.
Published 10 January 2022.
Updated UK Health Security Agency and Government guidance on self-isolation
Changes to the self-isolation period for staff with COVID-19, if they have two negative lateral flow tests. Letter from Prof Em Wilkinson-Brice, Ruth May, Dr Nikita Kanani and Prof Stephen Powis.
Published 23 December 2021.
Revised UK infection prevention and control guidance
Request to all healthcare settings to implement the revised UK infection prevention and control (IPC) guidance. Letter from Ruth May and Prof Stephen Powis.
Published 24 November 2021.
Every action counts
Campaign materials showing staff, patients and visitors how to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Published 8 March 2021.
GOV.UK COVID-19 infection prevention and control
Guidance on infection prevention and control for seasonal respiratory infections including SARS-CoV-2.
Minimising nosocomial infections in the NHS
Steps to minimise nosocomial infections, protect staff and ensure the timely reporting and management of outbreaks and staff absence. Letter from Amanda Pritchard, Ruth May and Prof Stephen Powis.
Published 9 June 2020.
GOV.UK: Personal protective equipment
Guidance about coronavirus personal protective equipment (PPE) and infection prevention and control (IPC).
Updates and guidance on Personal Protective Equipment
Everything that you need to know on the supply and use of personal protective equipment (PPE).
Updated 24 November 2021.
Accessing supplies of Personal Protective Equipment
Information about the dedicated supply channel for personal protective equipment (PPE).
Putting on (donning) Personal Protective Equipment
Quick guide for putting on personal protective equipment (PPE) gowns for aerosol generating procedures (AGPs).
Removal of (doffing) Personal Protective Equipment
Quick guide for removal of personal protective equipment (PPE) gowns. Airborne precautions for aerosol generating procedures (AGPs).
Approval by Health and Safety Executive for use of coveralls as an alternative option for non-surgical gowns
Confirming the agreement for the use of coveralls as an alternative for non-surgical gowns. Letter from Prof Keith Willett and Prof Yvonne Doyle.
Published 10 April 2020.
NHS.UK: Hand washing
How to effectively wash your hands to protect yourself and others from illnesses. Includes a video and illustrations.
Catch it, Bin it, Kill it
Poster showing how to control the spread of germs.
Healthcare associated COVID-19 infections – further action
Steps to stop the spread of coronavirus in healthcare settings. Letter from Ruth May, Steve Powis, Prerana Issar and Pauline Philip.
Published 24 June 2020.