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Resources to aid further learning about infection control

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VOL: 101, ISSUE: 20, PAGE NO: 51

Nurses in primary and secondary care have to be able to access up-to-date information about infection control. The organisations and websites on this page provide information and resources for those who wish to increase their knowledge.

 

Nurses in primary and secondary care have to be able to access up-to-date information about infection control. The organisations and websites on this page provide information and resources for those who wish to increase their knowledge.

 

 

Infection Control Nurses Association
A body that aims to advance the specialty of infection prevention and control through education, research and professional development of its members. The ICNA is at the forefront of initiatives across the UK and Ireland in both hospital and community settings. Members of the ICNA are active at a local, regional, national and international level. For more details, visit the www.icna.co.uk website.

 

 

Health Protection Agency
A national organisation for England and Wales dedicated to protecting people’s health and reducing the impact of infectious diseases, chemical hazards, poisons and radiation hazards. It brings together the expertise of health and scientific professionals in public health, communicable disease, emergency planning, infection control, laboratories, and poison, chemical and radiation hazards. For more details, visit the www.hpa.org.uk website.

 

 

Hand Hygiene Liaison Group
A multidisciplinary group formed to promote best practice among health care professionals, with the aim of achieving a sustained improvement in compliance with hand-hygiene standards. The site is sponsored by GOJO. For more details, visit the www.handhygiene.co.uk website.

 

 

National Patient Safety Agency
An organisation working to improve the safety and quality of care through reporting, analysing and learning from adverse incidents and ‘near misses’ involving NHS patients. It runs the ‘cleanyourhands’ campaign. For more details, visit the www.npsa.nhs.uk website.

 

 

Evidence-based Practice in Infection Control (EPIC)
An initiative that aims to contribute to the development of the evidence base that underpins the practice of infection control. It includes the EPIC guidelines for preventing health care-acquired infections. For more details, visit the www.epic.TVu.ac.uk website.

 

 

Association of Medical Microbiologists
A website that includes a series of concise Facts About leaflets, written by experts in the field. www.amm.co.uk

 

 

Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
An organisation that ensures medicines, health care products and medical equipment meet appropriate standards of safety, quality, performance and effectiveness, and are used safely. For more details, visit the www.mhra.gov.uk website.

 

 

The Hospital Infection Society
This organisation fosters the advancement of knowledge and education of all those who have an interest in hospital infection. For more details, visit the www.his.org.uk website.

 

 

Royal Institute of Public Health
An independent organisation that promotes public health and hygiene through education, training, information and quality testing. For details, visit the www.riphh.org.uk website.

 

 

Department of Health
The DoH’s website contains links to policy documents and health service circulars related to infection control. www.dh.gov.uk

 

 

NHS Estates
An executive agency of the Department of Health that advises on and helps to develop a modern environment for NHS services. Satellite sites include Decontamination and Clean Hospitals. For details, visit the www.nhsestates.gov.uk website.

 

 

Healthcare A2Z
This is a new organisation that is developing a website series for nurses and associated health care professionals that focuses on infection and its prevention and control. It is free and visitors may also register free to receive resource updates, professional alerts and educational downloads.The aim is to provide a one-stop online resource that combines links to trusted sources and resources with ‘bite-size’ advice and guidance. www.healthcareA2Z.org

 

 

- If you would like your organisation or local initiative to be included in the Nursing Times Infection Control Supplement update, send an e-mail to nt@emap.com

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