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Infection prevention and control

A lady cleaning the hospital floors with a machine Infection prevention and control is vital to the wellbeing of people who need care and support.

In order to receive safe and effective care, infection control and prevention must be part of everyday practice and be applied consistently by everyone.

For Care Quality Commission (CQC) regulated providers, ensuring the appropriate infection, prevention and control is provided helps comply with their expectations around national standards for induction.

We have resources to support you. 

We don’t deliver training but you can search our Endorsement Framework directory for courses delivered by recommended training providers.

Flu season is here, and we're urging all social care providers to ensure their staff have the vaccination, which plays a key part of an effective infection prevention and control strategy.

Update (17/18)

NHS England have announced an extension of their seasonal influenza vaccination to include social care workers. The service is available to health and social care staff, employed by a registered residential care/nursing home or registered domiciliary care provider, who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable patients/clients who are at increased risk from exposure to influenza, meaning those patients/clients in a clinical risk group or aged 65 years and over.

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Flu can be a serious illness, particularly for the elderly or those with other health conditions. Care workers are working with some of the most vulnerable people in our communities, so it’s important that they help protect themselves and those receiving care and support against flu.

With the extension of the vaccination programme from NHS England now including social care workers, our briefing document has been updated. Some employers will already have a vaccination scheme in place, and some staff will be eligible for free vaccination by being in one of the defined risk groups

It's encouraged that all eligible staff take up this new offer and help protect themselves and their patients against illness. 

NHS Employer’s flu fighter team has developed a range of resources to support flu vaccination campaigns in care settings. You can access these resources here.

Our Recommendations for CQC providers guide includes a section around induction related training, including further information about infection control training. It can help you to consider what you need to cover with care workers to effectively induct them.

This new induction applies across social care and health and is made up of 15 standards which make new members of staff ready to practice within their specific sector. Standard 15 focuses on infection, prevention and control.

We have materials to support you with the Care Certificate.

Learning and development should focus on the practical skills workers need to do their job but also keeping the values they need to put them in practice.

A key part of selecting the right learning package for your organisation is finding the right learning provider.

Find our endorsed providers

Our Endorsement Framework finds and badges learning providers who can show high quality learning and development to the social care sector.

You can search for our endorsed providers in our online directory.

Funding towards the cost of qualifications may be available from our Workforce Development Fund.