C733 Prevention and Control of Infection in Care Homes
The risk of infection within a healthcare setting poses a significant risk to patients, carers and staff. Without effective infection prevention and control approaches, infection can cause distress, harm, and impair the quality of life and healthcare experiences. Infection frequently requires additional costly resources to treat. Within a healthcare setting, the threat that an infection poses could potentially be life threatening, therefore it has to be treated accordingly.
Precautionary and prevention measures of infection are extremely important and must be a key priority for all staff groups working within a healthcare setting. Consequently, ensuring that all staff have high levels of infection prevention and control awareness, supported through an effective education and training approach, should form a central feature of any infection prevention and control strategy.
All healthcare staff groups involved in direct patient care or services.
Proposed Frequency of Refresher Training or Assessment
It is recommended that refresher training for infection prevention and control training should be a maximum of every year for all healthcare staff providing direct patient care.