Infection Prevention and Control Consultancy
Infections are often easily dealt with but sometimes, if they are not managed effectively, they can create serious problems. To ensure that your service meets the requirements of the Department of Health(DH) and the Care Quality Commission(CQC) requirements for the revised Health and Social Care Act 2008 - Code of Practice for health and adult social care on the prevention and control of Infections and related guidance (‘The Hygiene Code").
From April 2009, all NHS providers have been required to be registered with the Care Quality Commission. This registration legally requires organisations to protect its service users, staff and others from the risks of acquiring an infection and to be compliant with the code of practice as far as is reasonably practicable. The Care Quality Commission enforcement powers include imposing, varying or removing the conditions of registration, including the power to impose financial sanctions on non-compliant organisations.
The Health Act (DH, 2008) makes it clear that infection prevention and control is everyone’s responsibility and must be embedded into practice. It is impossible to prevent all infections, but by having an understanding of, and using the principles of infection prevention and control in your daily practice, we can minimise the risk of transferring harmful organisms to others.
ITS provide consultancy to NHS Trusts and healthcare organisations.
ITS deliver training for all the above by an infection prevention and control expert who has worked in the NHS for over 30 years with the last 15 managing a department in a large 600 bed hosptial developing and maintaining Health Act/CQC compliance requirements implemeting policies and procedures in infection prevention and control.
Infection Prevention and Control Specialists are available to provide onsite consultations for the following:
- Policy development
- Review of evidence prior to inspection with the CQC
- New builds
- Program development
- Investigation following a complaint/serious untoward incident
- Risk assessments
Patricia Wadsworth Director
Began her nurse training in 1978 and for the last 15 years has specialised in infection prevention and control. The last 9 years as lead nurse at Northampton General Hospital. A degree in teaching and education which has provided the knowledge and skills to be able to develop and deliver infection prevention and control education and training to all staff. A Certificate in infection prevention and control from Leeds University.