The key function of the team is to promote safe, responsive and effective patient care through the provision of support and specialist advice. Using local and national infection prevention and control guidelines ensures awareness and compliance to inform practice.
The team's role includes collating surveillance data for healthcare associated infections – specifically Clostridium difficile (C. diff) and Meticillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) bacteraemia. Root cause analysis (RCA) is undertaken on each individual case of these infections to ensure patient care is optimised in line with national guidance. Scrutiny by a wider group of healthcare professionals includes:
- The Director of Infection Prevention and Control (Directors of Nursing)
- Infection control specialists (including from the CCG)
- Consultant microbiologists
- Medical team representatives (inpatient care)
- Nursing team (inpatient care)
- Antibiotic pharmacist
In support of the process the patient’s consent is sought to access prescribing details from GPs. Advice and support is offered to primary medical care and care homes. Training is also available on request. Full details of the team, downloadable guidance, posters and audit tools are available at the bottom of this page.
Our contact details:
If you have any questions or would like further information and advice please use the contact details below.
Email the Infection Control Team: CAPCCG.IPC@nhs.net