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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.
UKHSA changes to IPC requirements
The UK Health Security Agency revised recommendations on COVID-19 control measures. Letter from Ruth May and Prof Stephen Powis.
Published 27 September 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.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Latest PPE guidance including how to wear and dispose of PPE.
Updates and guidance on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Everything that you need to know on the supply and use of personal protective equipment (PPE).
Updated 24 November 2021.
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.
Infection prevention and control supporting documentation
Guidance, training resources and links to campaign materials to support infection prevention and control measures.
Updated 24 December 2021.
Information on COVID-19 infection prevention and control, as well as guidance on the assessment and management of suspected UK cases.
GOV.UK: Environmental decontamination
Guidance on infection prevention and control for seasonal respiratory infections, across all health and care settings.
GOV.UK: Cleansing and PPE waste at a healthcare waste management facility: RPS C1
Managing waste from separately collected PPE or cleaning people or places infected, or potentially infected, with coronavirus.
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.
NHS.UK: Hand washing
How to effectively wash your hands to protect yourself and others from illnesses. Includes a video and illustrations.