New checklists and tools to help nurses implement guidelines and improve how infection control policies are put into practice are to be launched by the Infection Prevention Society in the autumn.
The tools will replace and update infection control audit tools developed by the IPS’s predecessor, the Infection Control Nurses Association. Part funded by the Department of Health, they will be published in September.
The ICNA’s original audit tools for monitoring infection control standards were devised in 2004 for use in acute and intermediate care, before being extended to community and mental health settings.
The new IPS tools will include extra checklists not in the ICNA version. These will cover, for example, best practice on infection control in endoscopy procedures, theatre and hand hygiene.
IPS member Paul Weaving, lead infection prevention and control nurse at the Royal Marsden Foundation NHS Trust in London, said that they would be available to nurses and other infection control staff to allow them to ‘monitor and demonstrate good practice’.
Additionally, Mr Weaving said that the IPS was developing a new set of competencies and an accreditation scheme for infection prevention and control nurses.
‘The competencies will cover areas of infection control that nurses should be familiar with and be able to do well,’ he said.