Infection Prevention Services
Health care associated infections are reducible with the right infection prevention and control strategies and processes in place. Infection can cause pain, discomfort, hardship and carry risk of morbidity and mortality. Incidents and outbreaks of infection may result in reduction or even temporary loss of your service capability, damage to your organisation’s reputation, and in some cases result in litigation. Infection Matters Limited offer an array of services to assist you in providing safe care for your clients by minimising the risk of infection.
Good infection prevention is essential for delivering a high quality, safe and effective care environment for patients, clients and staff.
All NHS Trusts, independent healthcare and adult social care providers and general practices are required to register with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) as providers of health and social care. In order to become registered, and maintain registration, providers must ensure they fulfill Regulation 12, one of the fundamental standards, for providing safe care and treatment. When judging compliance with cleanliness and infection control the CQC will be guided by the requirements set out in The Health and Social Care Act 2008: Code of Practice on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance (2015) (sometime referred to as ‘The Code’ or ‘Hygiene Code’).
Infection Matters Limited can assist you in ensuring your organisation’s care and practices comply with the national standards and are based on available current evidence and guidance, including that contained in ‘the Code’.
Infection Matters Limited can provide the following skills and expertise according to your organisational needs:
- Advice on clinical management
- Service Development and Improvement
- Policy implementation and clinical practice audit
- Education and Training
- Mentorship and Clinical supervision
- Supporting recruitment of infection prevention staff
- Policy revision
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The Health and Social Care Act 2008: code of practice on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance
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Complete Routine Immunisation Schedule
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