Infection Prevention and Control

What is this service?

Our Infection Prevention and Control (IP&C) Team give advice on the prevention and control of healthcare associated infections to Bristol Community Health staff and to the people who use our services. General advice and information about infectious diseases in the community is provided by Public Health England.

We are committed to protecting patients, staff, carers and visitors from the risk of avoidable healthcare associated infection. One of the ways in which we do this is by making sure that our staff provide care safely and follow our robust infection control policies.

We follow the requirements of the Health and Social Care Act (2008) Code of Practice for the NHS on the Prevention and Control of Healthcare Associated Infections and Related Guidance. You can download a copy of this act and also of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) Guidance on Preventing Infections in Community Patients from the ‘Document Downloads’ section on the left of this page.

Our Infection Prevention and Control Annual Report is available on request.

Handwashing

Who is this service for?

  • Bristol Community Health staff
  • Users of services provided by Bristol Community Health

We can also provide services such as bespoke training, audit and specialist reports. Please contact us to discuss your requirements and our prices.

Our Infection Prevention and Control Team

Our team is made up of experienced registered healthcare professionals with relevant post graduate qualifications.

  • Aileen Fraser –Clinical Director
  • Wendy Briggs – Infection Prevention and Control Specialist Practitioners
  • Tracy Evans – Admin Support

Information

Useful information on specific infections such as Clostridium difficile, MRSA and Norovirus is available to download in our ‘Document Downloads’ section on the left of this page.

Hand washing
Everyone can help stop the spread of infections by cleaning their hands properly at the right times. It is especially important that people who are caring for their own, or someone else’s medical devices or wounds know about good hand hygiene.

They should expect to get information about this from their healthcare professional.

The Infection Prevention and Control Team have also produced a leaflet which explains the ‘how, when and what with’ of hand hygiene. It also explains the standard of hand hygiene that you should expect from healthcare professionals. Remember, ‘it’s OK to ask’ if you think that your healthcare professional has forgotten to clean their hands.

This leaflet is available from the downloads section on the left of this page.

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