Your role in reducing HCAI

Achieving sustainable reductions in healthcare associated infections (HCAIs) requires the proactive involvement of every member of staff across all healthcare settings. All staff have a responsibility to contribute towards preventing and reducing HCAIs. A ‘board to ward’ culture has a ‘zero tolerance to avoidable infection’ which is embedded at every level of the organisation. Such an organisation places infection prevention and control at the heart of its practice. Further information can be found using the links below:

One particularly important role is that of the Director of Infection and Control (DIPC). This is a role required by all registered NHS care providers under the The Health and Social Care Act 2008: Code of Practice on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance (published 14 Dec 2010). This publication sets out the role and responsibilities of the DIPC. The DIPC will have the executive authority and responsibility for ensuring strategies are implemented to prevent avoidable HCAIs at all levels in the organisation. The DIPC will be a highly visible, senior, authoritative individual. They will provide assurance to the Board that systems are in place and correct policies and procedures are adhered to, across the organisation, to ensure safe and effective healthcare. The DIPC will be an effective leader who will enable the organisation to continuously improve its performance in relation to HCAIs.

DIPC role profile (PDF, 31.9 KB)

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