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Infection Prevention Society publishes standards for nurses

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The Infection Prevention Society has published a set of outcome competences for nurses and other practitioners working in infection prevention and control.

“All staff working in this area require standard competences to enable them to practise safely and with credibility in the infection prevention and control arena,” the IPS says.

In response to this need – in partnership with all four UK Governments, Skills for Health and the Council of Deans – the IPS said it had created a set of competences “designed to enhance” the practice of staff working in infection prevention and control.

The competences have been developed by a steering group chaired by Ros Moore, chief nursing officer for Scotland. 

The competency framework is structured against the four domains within the Advance Practitioner toolkit for Modernising Nursing Careers – clinical practice, education, research, leadership and management.

The IPS said the competences may be used in a variety of ways and by a range of professionals, from recently appointed infection prevention and control practitioners, through to managers of health care services, educational commissioners and providers, as well as practitioners working at or near advanced level of practice.

The competence framework is available free on the Infection Prevention Society website.

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