HIS infection prevention and control standards consultation

Section: Health and Social Care IntegrationType: News Item Date Published: 18th October 2021

Healthcare Improvement Scotland are proposing new infection prevention and control standards for health and social care.

Infection prevention and control (IPC) is an important part of ensuring the safety of both those receiving care and the workforce providing it. Good IPC practice helps to minimise the risk of healthcare acquired infections, which can range from minor infections that don’t require intervention, so serious illnesses.

Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) are currently consulting on draft IPC standards (this link will take you away from our website) to apply in health and social care settings. The standards include effective leadership and governance; enabling person-centred decision making and continuity of care; careful use and cleaning of reusable medical equipment; and minimising infection risks through the built environment.

The standards are mandatory within NHS Scotland and adult care home settings, but are encouraged to be adopted as best practice by all other social care organisations. Standards apply across the whole of health and social care, except where specifically highlighted, and are intended to be reviewed pragmatically by service providers, as not every criterion will apply to all settings and services.

The consultation on the proposals runs until the 7th of December, and can be completed either as an online survey (this link will take you away from our website) or as a Word document on request to

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