There are many infection prevention related documents available. These next few pages will give you some of the more robust evidence based references and resources available.
This web page will give you the CQC guidance and expectations from the CQC. This information is reviewed, updated and changed regularly so do check this webpage prior to CQC visits and periodically for updates.
Legislation and Governmental guidance
There are a number of government directives that need to be taken into consideration with regards to infection prevention. The main one being
The following website gives details about the EU Sharps Directive. It also leads to a toolkit for assessing the need and implementation of the EU Directive and the Royal College of Nursing’s practical guidance.
There is a suite of guidance called Health Technical Memorandums, Health Building Notes and Choice Framework for local policies and procedures that cover a number of infection prevention elements that can be found on the www.gov.uk website.
Waste management guidance can be found at
Water systems management can be found at
Decontamination of surgical instruments can be found at
Infection Control in the built environment can be found at
Facilities for primary and community care services can be found at
There are two main documents for Standard Precautions.
Epic3: National Evidence-Based Guidelines for Preventing Healthcare-Associated Infections in NHS Hospitals England at http://www.his.org.uk/files/3113/8693/4808/epic3_National_Evidence-Based_Guidelines_for_Preventing_HCAI_in_NHSE.pdf
NICE CG 139 at https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg139
There are other NICE guidelines that may be useful such as
https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng15 antimicrobial stewardship
https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg69 Respiratory Tract infections
https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg74 Surgical site infection and others for Urinary Tract Infection in men women and under 16s.
The Royal College of Nursing has guidance on Standard Precautions, Healthcare waste management, Choosing wipes, managing diarrhoea and Sharp safety all of which can be found at www.rcn.org.uk/development/publications
Audit (Quality Improvement) Tools and other information can be found at the Infection Prevention Society website
Antibiotic Stewardship Tools can be found at
Primary Care prescribers must use the local antimicrobial formulary that can be found at:
The Royal College of General Practitioners website allows access to the TARGET Toolkit which will support prudent prescribing and can be found at:
Posters and Tools to further support prudent prescribing can be found at:
The Nation Patient Safety Agency developed guidance for cleanliness in Primary Care and an interactive cleaning audit tool that can still be accessed at
Be aware that it is based on an older version of The Code of Practice but still very useful.
Good resource page
A good website for infection prevention resources can be found at (caution there is a cost to the materials on this site) www.infectionpreventioncontrol.co.uk
A good reliable and continuously updated website for all infections can be found at
If a patient would like to look up their infection (or other conditions) you can refer them to NHS Choices at http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Pages/hub.aspx