Healthcare associated infection (HCAI) compendium of guidance and resources

This compendium collates current guidance, guidelines, policy and legislation, and other resources related to infection prevention and control (IPC) into a single source. This compendium will be routinely updated (at least quarterly) to incorporate new or updated resources and remove resources that have been withdrawn.

Disclaimer: No responsibility will be taken for any omissions to or the content of the compendium. Any questions regarding any of the guidance documents should be directed to the appropriate organisation.

  1. Antimicrobial resistance and prescribing
  2. General IPC
  3. Aseptic technique
  4. Preventing infections associated with vascular access devices
  5. Preventing urinary tract infections
  6. Surgical site infection
  7. Pneumonia
  8. Health technical memoranda/Health building notes
  9. Hand hygiene
  10. Personal protective equipment
  11. Safe management of patient care equipment and the care environment
  12. IPC during care of the deceased
  13. Safe management of linen
  14. Occupational safety including the prevention of sharps injuries
  15. High consequence infectious diseases
  16. Management of outbreaks
  17. Healthcare associated infection surveillance and reporting
  18. Risk assessment and the hierarchy of controls
  19. IPC in the ambulance service
  20. IPC in prisons, education, childcare and social care settings

1. Antimicrobial resistance and prescribing

24.01.2019

UK 20-year vision for antimicrobial resistance
UK 5-year action plan for antimicrobial resistance 2019 to 2024

The vision and plan were developed across the government, its agencies and administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, with support from a range of stakeholders. It is supported by the UK 5-year action plan for antimicrobial resistance 2019 to 2024.

Author/owner: UK Government, Department for Health and Social Care, Department for Environmental, Food & Rural Affairs


16.05.2022

Addendum to the UK 5-year action plan for antimicrobial resistance 2019 to 2024

This addendum sets out changes to the commitments in ‘Tackling antimicrobial resistance 2019 to 2024: the UK’s 5-year national action plan’.

Author/owner: Department for Health and Social Care, Department for Environmental, Food & Rural Affairs


July 2015

Health and Social Care Act 2008: code of practice on the prevention and control of infections

This revised version of the code of practice replaces the edition published in 2010. It applies to NHS bodies and providers of independent healthcare and adult social care in England, including primary dental care, independent sector ambulance providers and primary medical care providers.

The code now reflects the changes required to meet The Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014 and the role of infection prevention (including cleanliness) in optimising antimicrobial use and reducing antimicrobial resistance.

Author/owner: Department for Health and Social Care


03.04.2017

Antimicrobial resistance: resource handbook

This handbook current national policy, guidance and supporting materials in relation to the infection prevention and control of healthcare associated infections (HCAI) and antimicrobial stewardship in order to aid in the reduction of antimicrobial resistance

Author/owner: Public Health England (now UK Health Security Agency)


May 2021

Summary of antimicrobial prescribing guidance: managing common infections

Public Health England context, references and rationales for clinical commissioning groups, commissioning support units and primary care providers.

Author/owner: Public Health England (now UK Health Security Agency)


18.05.2022

WHO strategic priorities on antimicrobial resistance

This document highlights the key achievements and next steps of the WHO Antimicrobial Resistance division at Headquarters, Geneva.

Author/owner: World Health Organization


22.04.2016

NICE guidance: antimicrobial stewardship – quality standards

This quality standard covers the effective use of antimicrobials (antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and antiparasitic medicines) to reduce the emergence of antimicrobial resistance

Author/owner: National Institute for Heath and Care Excellence


18.12.2014

NICE guidance: neonatal infection – quality standard

This quality standard covers preventing infection in newborn babies, treating pregnant women whose babies are at risk of infection, and treating newborn babies with suspected or confirmed infection. It includes when to give antibiotics to prevent and treat neonatal infection. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement

Author/owner: National Institute for Heath and Care Excellence


2020

Antimicrobial prescribing in dentistry – good practice guidelines

The aim of this guidance is to help healthcare prescribers understand the role of antimicrobial agents in management of oral and dental infections. The guidance also aims to help rationalise and improve standards of antimicrobial prescribing within dentistry and to improve patient care.

Author/owner: Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) and Faculty of Dental Surgery


March 2018

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: Journal of antimicrobial chemotherapy

This document advises on the treatment of infections caused by multidrug-resistant gram negative bacteria. It also describes best practice in antimicrobial prescribing.

Author/owner: Joint working party of the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, Healthcare Infection Society and British Infection Association


November 2016

Prevention and control of multidrug-resistant gram-negative bacteria: recommendations from a joint working party – Journal of hospital infection

Guidance on screening (testing), treatment and precautions needed to prevent the spread of multidrug-resistant gram-negative bacteria. The guidance describes appropriate infection prevention and control precautions to include hand hygiene, equipment and environmental cleaning and guidance on screening for multidrug-resistant gram-negative bacteria.

Author/owner: Journal of hospital infection working party

2. General IPC

21.07.2022

National infection prevention and control (IPC) manual for England

This is an evidence-based practice manual for use by all those involved in care provision in England. It should be adopted as mandatory guidance in NHS settings or settings where NHS services are delivered, and the principles should be applied in all care settings.

Author/owner: NHS England


17.04.2014

NICE guidance: Infection prevention and control – quality standard

This quality standard covers preventing and controlling infection in adults, young people and children receiving healthcare in primary, community and secondary care settings. It includes preventing healthcare associated infections that develop because of treatment or from being in a healthcare setting. It describes high quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Author/owner: National Institute for Heath and Care Excellence


01.11.2016

WHO guidelines on core components of infection prevention and control (IPC) programmes at the national and acute health care facility level

These new guidelines on the core components of IPC programmes at the national and facility level will enhance the capacity of member states to develop and implement effective technical and behaviour modifying interventions. They are also intended to support countries in the development of their own national protocols for IPC and antimicrobial resistance action plans and to support health care facilities as they develop or strengthen their own approaches to IPC.

Author/owner: World Health Organization


18.11.2019

Minimum requirements for infection prevention and control programmes

The purpose of this document is to present and promote the minimum requirements for IPC programmes at the national and health care facility level, identified by expert consensus according to available evidence and in the context of the WHO core components

Author/owner: World Health Organization


28.04.2022

Health and Care Act 2022

An Act to make provision about health and social care.

Author/owner: UK Government

3. Aseptic technique

24.02.2020

Royal College of Nursing: Understanding aseptic technique

Aseptic technique is recognised as an essential component of all infection prevention programmes but terminology used to define it varies. This publication is a Royal College of Nursing investigation into clinical views to guide the practice of aseptic technique.

Author/owner: Royal College of Nurses


01.01.2014

epic3: National evidence based guidelines for preventing healthcare associated infections (HCAI) in NHS hospitals in England

This second update provides systematically developed, evidence-based broad statements (principles) of good practice for the preventions of HCAI in hospitals. This guideline includes recommendations on asepsis.

Author/owner: Journal of Hospital Infection

4. Preventing infections associated with vascular access devices

01.01.2014

epic3: National evidence based guidelines for preventing healthcare associated infections in NHS hospitals in England

This second update provides systematically developed, evidence-based broad statements (principles) of good practice for the preventions of HCAI in hospitals. This guideline includes recommendations for preventing infections associated with the use of intravascular access devices.

Author/owner: Journal of Hospital Infection

5. Preventing urinary tract infections

23.11.2018

NICE guidance:  Urinary tract infection (catheter-associated): antimicrobial prescribing

This guideline sets out an antimicrobial prescribing strategy for catheter associated urinary tract infection in children, young people and adults. It aims to optimise antibiotic use and reduce antibiotic resistance.

Author/owner: National Institute for Heath and Care Excellence


31.10.2018

NICE guidance: Urinary tract infection (recurrent): antimicrobial prescribing

This guideline sets out an antimicrobial prescribing strategy for preventing recurrent urinary tract infections in children, young people and adults who do not have a catheter. It aims to optimise antibiotic use and reduce antibiotic resistance.

Author/owner: National Institute for Heath and Care Excellence


31.10.2018

NICE guidance: Urinary tract infection (lower): antimicrobial prescribing

This guideline sets out an antimicrobial prescribing strategy for lower urinary tract infection (also called cystitis) in children, young people and adults who do not have a catheter. It aims to optimise antibiotic use and reduce antibiotic resistance.

Author/owner: National Institute for Heath and Care Excellence


31.10.2018

NICE guidance: Urinary tract infection in under 16s: diagnosis and management 

This guideline covers diagnosing and managing first or recurrent upper or lower urinary tract infections in infants, children and young people. It aims to achieve more consistent clinical practice, based on accurate diagnosis and effective management.

Author/owner: National Institute for Heath and Care Excellence


27.09.2017

NICE guidance: Urinary tract infection in children and young people 

This quality standard covers diagnosing and managing urinary tract infection in infants, children and young people (under 16). It includes new and recurrent infections of the upper or lower urinary tract. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Author/owner: National Institute for Heath and Care Excellence


11.06.2015

NICE guidance:  Urinary tract infections in adults

This quality standard covers diagnosing and managing urinary tract infection in adults (aged 16 and over), including adults using urinary catheters. It includes assessment, antibiotic treatment and referral for specialist assessment. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Author/owner: National Institute for Heath and Care Excellence


18.09.2013

NICE guidance: Lower urinary tract symptoms in men

This quality standard covers diagnosing and managing lower urinary tract symptoms in men (aged 18 and over). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Author/owner: National Institute for Heath and Care Excellence


01.01.2014

epic3: National evidence-based guidelines for preventing healthcare associated infections in NHS hospitals in England

This second update provides systematically developed, evidence-based broad statements (principles) of good practice for the preventions of HCAI in hospitals. This guideline includes recommendations for preventing infections associated with the use of short-term indwelling urethral catheters.

Author/owner: Journal of Hospital Infection

6. Surgical site infection

19.08.2020

NICE guidance: Surgical site infections: prevention and treatment 

This guideline covers preventing and treating surgical site infections in adults, young people and children who are having a surgical procedure involving a cut through the skin. It focuses on methods used before, during and after surgery to minimise the risk of infection.

Author/owner: National Institute for Heath and Care Excellence


03.01.2018

Global guidelines for the prevention of surgical site infection (SSI), 2nd edition

Guidance for the prevention of SSI based 28 systematic reviews of the evidence. The guidance includes a list of 29 concrete recommendations on 23 topics for the prevention of SSI in the pre-, intra and postoperative periods.

Author/owner: World Health Organization

7. Pneumonia

16.09.2019

NICE guidance: Pneumonia (community-acquired): antimicrobial prescribing 

This guideline sets out an antimicrobial prescribing strategy for communityacquired pneumonia. It aims to optimise antibiotic use and reduce antibiotic resistance.

Author/owner: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence


16.09.2019

NICE guidance: Pneumonia (hospital-acquired): antimicrobial prescribing

This guideline sets out an antimicrobial prescribing strategy for hospital-acquired pneumonia. It does not cover ventilator-associated pneumonia. It aims to optimise antibiotic use and reduce antibiotic resistance.

Author/owner: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence


07.07.2022

NICE guidance: Pneumonia in adults: diagnosis and management 

This guideline was developed before the COVID-19 pandemic. It covers diagnosing and managing pneumonia in adults who do not have COVID-19. It aims to improve accurate assessment and diagnosis of pneumonia to help guide antibiotic prescribing and ensure that people receive the right treatment.

Author/owner:  National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

8. Health technical memoranda (HTM)/health building notes

31.08.2020

(HTM 00) Building engineering in the health sector

HTM 00 provides guidance on the design, installation and operation of a healthcare facility from an engineering and environmental perspective. HTM 00 is not intended to cover every possible scenario, for example where a patient is receiving treatment in their own home.

Author/owner: Department for Health and Social Care


22.06.2021

(HTM 03-01) Specialised ventilation for healthcare buildings

These documents give comprehensive advice and guidance on the legal requirements, design implications, maintenance and operation of specialised ventilation in healthcare premises providing acute care. In other types of healthcare a risk assessment of the nature of the treatment being delivered, condition of the patients and intensity of use needs to be undertaken by those responsible for the facility in order to determine the extent to which this guidance will be applicable. Health technical memorandum 03-01 (2021) supersedes all previous versions of Health technical memorandum 03-01 – ‘Specialised ventilation in healthcare premises’ (2007). It also supersedes HTM 2025 (1994) and DV4 (1983).

Author/owner: Department for Health and Social Care


20.05.2016

(HTM 04-01) Safe water in healthcare premises

This HTM gives guidance on the legal requirements, design applications, maintenance and operation of hot and cold water supply, storage and distribution systems in all types of healthcare premises. The guidance is for: healthcare management water safety groups design engineers estate managers operations managers contractors supply chain businesses It also provides advice and guidance on the control and management of the risk posed by legionella, pseudomonas aeruginosa and other water borne pathogens within a healthcare setting

Author/owner: Department for Health and Social Care


20.03.2013

(HTM 07-01) Management and disposal of healthcare waste

HTM 07-01 details the environmental benefits of the safe management and disposal of healthcare waste, It also presents opportunities for cost savings, safer working practices and reducing carbon emissions related to the management of waste.

Author/owner: Department of Health and Social Care


08.07.2016

(HTM 01-01) Decontamination of surgical instruments

HTM 01-01 explains the management of decontamination and the various ways to sterilize reusable medical devices used in acute care.

Author/owner: Department for Health and Social Care


09.06.2016

(HTM 01-04) Decontamination of linen for health and social care

HTM 01-04 gives guidance for those who process linen used in health and adult social care settings, such as:

  • laundries
  • launderette operators
  • linen processors

Author/owner: Department for Health and Social Care


26.03.2013

(HTM 01-05) Decontamination in primary care dental practices

HTM 01-05 is intended to raise the quality of decontamination work in primary care dental services by covering the decontamination of reusable instruments within dental facilities.

Author/owner: Department for Health and Social Care


30.06.2016

(HTM 01-06) Management and decontamination of flexible endoscopes

HTM 01-06 provides information on the management and decontamination of flexible endoscopes. The guidance consists of 5 parts:

  • policy and management
  • design and installation
  • operational management
  • validation and verification (including storage/drying cabinets)
  • testing methods

Author/owner: Department for Health and Social Care


March 2013

(HBN 00-09) Infection control in the built environment

This building note details each stage of a project, from initial concept through to post-project evaluation, in relation to infection control. A building’s design can help infection prevention and control by providing an environment that is easy to clean and maintain. It is important that these features are designed into a project from the beginning.

Author/owner: Department of Health and Social Care

9. Hand hygiene

15.01.2009

WHO guidelines on hand hygiene in health care

The WHO guidelines on hand hygiene in health care provide health-care workers (HCWs), hospital administrators and health authorities with a thorough review of evidence on hand hygiene in health care and specific recommendations to improve practices and reduce transmission of pathogenic microorganisms to patients and HCWs. The present guidelines are intended to be implemented in any situation in which health care is delivered either to a patient or to a specific group in a population. Therefore, this concept applies to all settings where health care is permanently or occasionally performed, such as home care by birth attendants.

Author/owner: World Health Organization


05.05.2012

Hand hygiene in outpatient and home-based care and long-term care facilities: a guide to the application of the WHO multimodal hand hygiene improvement strategy and the “my five moments for hand hygiene” approach

The scope of this document is to address practical aspects related to the performance of routine hand hygiene while providing outpatient care.

Author/owner: World Health Organization


09.02.2009

A guide to the implementation of the WHO multimodal hand hygiene improvement strategy

This guide to implementation has been developed to assist health-care facilities to implement improvements in hand hygiene in accordance with the WHO Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Health Care.

Author/owner: World Health Organization

10. Personal protective equipment

Personal protective equipment (PPE) at work

Resources to support managing risks using PPE, selection and use, maintenance, using the right type of PPE, and product safety and supply.

Author/owner: Health and Safety Executive


Respiratory protective equipment (RPE)

This website provides information and tools to help employers select and manage the use of respiratory protective equipment (RPE) in the workplace. The information is applicable to disposable and reusable masks, breathing apparatus and powered respirators.

Author/owner: Health and Safety Executive


2013

Respiratory protective equipment at work: A practical guide

This fourth edition provides essential guidance on why respiratory protective equipment (RPE) should be used, what the law says and how to select RPE that is adequate and suitable. It also includes a useful dos and don’ts list for the management and supervision of RPE use.

The guidance is aimed principally at employers and the self-employed who wear, or are responsible for workers who wear, RPE. It will also be useful for health and safety specialists, manufacturers and suppliers of RPE.

It has been prepared in consultation with industry and updates the 2005 edition.

Author/owner: Health and Safety Executive


Glove awareness resources

Resources for use in the workplace and online to raise awareness of appropriate glove use.

Author/owner: Royal College of Nurses


14.02.2022

Transparent face mask technical specification 

A technical specification, based on test methods and some of the design and performance requirements used in established/recognised standards, for transparent face masks, some of which could be considered for use as an alternative to Type IIR medical masks.

Author/owner: Cabinet office and Department of Health and Social Care

11. Safe management of patient care equipment and the care environment

April 2021

National standards of healthcare cleanliness 2021

The National Standards of Healthcare Cleanliness 2021 encompass all cleaning tasks throughout the NHS regardless of which department is responsible for it. They are based around: being easy to use; freedom within a framework; fit for the future; efficacy of the cleaning process; cleanliness which provides assurance; and transparency of results.

Author/owner: NHS England


18.12.2014

Off-label use of a medical device

Guidance on the off-label use of medical devices in Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland).

Author/owner: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency


28.01.2021

Single-use medical devices: implications and consequences of re-use

Guidance for healthcare professionals on using single use medical devices.

Author/owner: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency


01.12.2013

Single-use medical devices: leaflet

What ‘single-use’ means and what symbol is used by manufacturers to show this.

Author/owner: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency


01.08.2013

Top 10 tips on endoscope decontamination

Guidance for healthcare professionals on effectively decontaminating endoscopes.

Author/owner: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency


22.01.2020

NICE guidance: Reducing the risk of transmission of Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease (CJD) from surgical instruments used for interventional procedures on high-risk tissues

Evidence-based recommendations on reducing the risk of transmission of CJD from surgical instruments used for interventional procedures on high-risk tissues. These procedures on high-risk tissues are intradural surgery on the brain (including the pituitary gland) and spinal cord, neuroendoscopy, and surgery on the retina or optic nerve.

Author/owner: National Institute for Heath and Care Excellence


26.02.2019

Medical devices regulations: compliance and enforcement

Information on Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency’s enforcement duties and how to report a non-compliant medical device.

Author/owner: Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency


05.09.2016

Decontamination and reprocessing of medical devices for healthcare facilities

Instrument to provide guidance to health managers and health workers on required infrastructures and standard procedures for effective sterilization, and decontamination reprocessing of medical devices.

Author/owner: World Health Organization


05.07.2016

Single-use medical devices

UK guidance on remanufacturing of single-use medical devices.

Author/owner: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency


25.02.2021

Managing medical devices

Guidance for healthcare and social services organisations on managing medical devices in practice.

Author/owner: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency


31.10.2014

Symbols used on medical devices: poster

Some of the different symbols used on medical devices.

Author/owner: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency


11.04.2014

Devices in practice: checklists for using medical devices

Checklists providing a practical guide to using medical devices.

Author/owner: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency


2016

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

This guidance provides practical recommendations to support the safe decontamination of breast pump milk collection kits for healthcare professionals to use and communicate to other groups such as parents and carers.

Author/owner: Healthcare Infection Society and Infection Prevention Society


2022

Final rinse water quality for flexible endoscopy to minimize the risk of postendoscopic infection. Report from Healthcare Infection Society Working Party

This evidence and expert based guidance document aims to improve patient safety and reduce risks of decontamination related healthcare associated infections by standardising the interpretation of endoscopy final rinse water results through monitoring and assessing the risk of infection.

Author/owner: Healthcare Infection Society


01.06.2022

Automated room decontamination: report of a Healthcare Infection Society working party

This report aims to provide useful, generic information that will help healthcare professionals make a well-informed choice if they are intending to buy or rent/lease the automated technology. The aim is to provide guidance on the types of device available, the various active chemicals (where relevant), the biocidal mechanism underpinning the technology, suggested information to be sought from the supplier before purchase, and general precautions recommended for the safe and effective use of the equipment.

Author/owner: Healthcare Infection Society


01/01/2019

Guidance for the decontamination of intracavity medical devices: the report of a working group of the Healthcare Infection Society

The guidance contained in this report is intended to be used by infection prevention and control teams, decontamination leads, and device users/reprocessors to help in their local approach to risk assessment and decontamination of these devices.

Author/owner: Healthcare Infection Society


November 2016

British Society of Gastroenterology guidance for decontamination of equipment for gastrointestinal endoscopy

Revised guidance on the decontamination of equipment for gastrointestinal endoscopy.

Author/owner: British Society of Gastroenterology

12. Infection prevention control during care of the deceased

July 2018

Managing infection risks when handling the deceased (Series code: HSG283)

Guidance for the mortuary, post-mortem room and funeral premises, and during exhumation.

Author/owner: Health and Safety Executive

13. Safe management of linen

02.04.2020

Uniforms and workwear: guidance for NHS employers

This publication supports the specific requirements of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 Code of Practice relating to uniform and workwear policies, and the need to ensure that they support effective hand hygiene. Advice on the washing of uniforms is included.

Author/owner: NHS England

14. Occupational safety including the prevention of sharps injuries

11.12.2014

Bloodborne viruses: Eye of the needle

‘Eye of the needle’ is a report on healthcare workers’ occupational exposures to bloodborne viruses such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV.

Author/owner: UK Health Security Agency


The Health and Safety (Sharp Instruments in Healthcare) Regulations  2013

Blood-borne viruses

This website gives employees and employers detailed guidance on:

  • how to comply with the law
  • how to assess and ways to reduce the risks of workplace exposure to blood-borne viruses
  • how to manage incidences of exposure

Author/owner: Health and Safety Executive


30.03.2016

General dentistry: exposure prone procedure categorisation

Exposure prone procedures and non exposure prone procedures carried out in general dentistry, categorised by levels of risk of bleed-back, compiled by United Kingdom Advisory Panel.

Author/owner: Public Health England

15. High consequence infectious diseases

05.07.2022

High consequence infectious diseases

Guidance and information about high consequence infectious diseases and their management in England.

Author/owner: UK Health Security Agency


November 2015

Management of Hazard Group 4 viral haemorrhagic fevers and similar human infectious diseases of high consequence

This document provides guidance on the risk assessment and management of patients in the United Kingdom in whom infection with a viral haemorrhagic fever should be considered or is confirmed. This guidance aims to eliminate or minimise the risk of transmission to healthcare workers and others coming into contact with an infected patient or their samples.

Author/owner: Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens


15.11.2015

Viral haemorrhagic fevers risk assessment (version 6: 15.11.2015)

Risk assessment algorithm for managing suspected (low and high possibility) and confirmed cases of  viral haemorrhagic fever.

Author/owner: Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens

16. Management of outbreaks

12.08.2014

Communicable disease outbreak management: operational guidance

Roles and responsibilities of key agencies and the agreed procedures during local and national outbreak investigations.

Author/owner: Public Health England (now UK Health Security Agency)

17. Healthcare associated infection surveillance and reporting

04.01.2021

Mandatory healthcare associated infection surveillance: data quality statement

Data quality statements for the mandatory surveillance of healthcare associated infection.

Author/owner: UK Health Security Agency


01.08.2017

Gram-negative bacteria: prevention, surveillance and epidemiology

The characteristics, management and surveillance of gram-negative bacteria such as escherichia coli, klebsiella and pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Author/owner: Public Health England (now UK Health Security Agency)


06.09.2019

Clostridioides difficile: guidance, data and analysis

The characteristics, diagnosis, management, surveillance and epidemiology of clostridioides difficile (C difficile).

Author/owner: UK Health Security Agency


04.10.2017

Escherichia coli (E coli): guidance, data and analysis

The characteristics, diagnosis, management, surveillance and epidemiology of escherichia coli (E coli).

Author/owner: UK Health Security Agency


12.07.2018

Pseudomonas aeruginosa: guidance, data and analysis

The characteristics, diagnosis, management, surveillance and epidemiology of pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Author/owner: UK Health Security Agency


12.07.2018

Klebsiella species: guidance, data and analysis

The characteristics, diagnosis, management, surveillance and epidemiology of klebsiella species.

Author/owner: UK Health Security Agency


22.01.2020

Staphylococcus aureus: guidance, data and analysis

The characteristics, diagnosis, management, surveillance and epidemiology of staphylococcus aureus.

Author/owner: UK Health Security Agency


24.08.2021

Surgical site infection: guidance, data and analysis

UK Health Security Agency helps hospitals record incidents of surgical site infection, to help improve surgical practice and prevent further infections.

Author/owner: UK Health Security Agency


01.08.2016

Healthcare associated infections: point prevalence survey, England

A point prevalence survey on levels of healthcare-associated infections and levels of antimicrobial use in hospitals in England in 2016.

Author/owner: Public Health England (now UK Health Security Agency)

18. Risk assessment and the hierarchy of controls

02.02.2022

Criteria for completing a local risk assessment – Primary care, community care and outpatient settings

Tool to support organisations, practices and employers in primary care, community care, and outpatient settings to undertake a local risk assessment in the context of managing seasonal respiratory viral infections focussing on influenza, SARS- CoV-2 and respiratory syncytial virus  based on the measures as prioritised in the hierarchy of controls.

Author/owner: NHS England


02.02.2022

Criteria for completing a local risk assessment – Acute inpatient areas

Tool to support organisations and employers in acute inpatient settings to undertake a local risk assessment in the context of managing seasonal respiratory viral infections focussing on influenza, SARSCoV-2 and respiratory syncytial virus based on the measures as prioritised in the hierarchy of controls.

Author/owner: NHS England


01.06.2022

Dental framework – Supporting guidance for primary and community care dental settings

Tool to support dental organisations and employers assessing risk and managing infectious agents based on the measures as prioritised in the hierarchy of controls.

Author/owner: NHS England


2013

Control of substances hazardous to health (sixth edition)

The sixth edition of this approved code of practice and guidance provides practical advice to help duty holders comply with the requirements of the control of substances hazardous to health (COSHH) regulations.

Author/owner: Health and Safety Executive

19. IPC in the ambulance service

Infection prevention and control archives

IPC resources for ambulance services.

Author/owner: Association of Ambulance Chief Executives


April 2022

IPC guidance changes to seasonal respiratory infections in health and care settings – National Ambulance Service IPC Group (NASIPCG), April 2022.

Author/owner: Association of Ambulance Chief Executives


April 2022

Infection prevention and control and working safely guidance for ambulance trusts: FAQs – National Ambulance Service IPC Group (NASIPCG), April 2022

Author/owner: Association of Ambulance Chief Executives

20. IPC in prisons, education, childcare and social care settings

05.05.2022

Health protection in education and childcare settings

A practical guide for staff on managing cases of infectious diseases in education and childcare settings.

Author/owner: UK Health Security Agency


12.06.2019

Preventing and managing bacterial wound infections in prison

Guidance on managing and preventing the spread of group A streptococcal (GAS) infection and other skin and soft tissue infections in prisons and secure settings.

Author/owner: Public Health England (now UK Health Security Agency)


July 2011

Prevention of infection and communicable disease control in prisons and places of detention

This document provides guidance for healthcare workers and other staff who work in prisons and places of detention. The manual provides advice on specific infections and dealing with outbreaks, key points on immunisation and vaccination and guidance on infection prevention and control within custodial settings.

Author/owner: Department of Health and Social Care Health Protection Agency


31.03.2022

Infection prevention and control: resource for adult social care

This resource contains general infection prevention and control principles to be used in combination with advice and guidance on managing specific infections. It is for those responsible for setting and maintaining standards of IPC within adult social care in England.

Author/owner: Department for Health and Social Care


18.02.2013

Care homes: infection prevention and control

Information resource for care home workers about preventing and controlling infection in care homes.

Author/owner: Department for Health and Social Care and Public Health England (now UK Health Security Agency)