Working together to prevent and control infections: a study of the arrangements for infection prevention and control between hospitals and care homes

Care Quality Commission
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There are forthcoming regulatory changes relating to infection prevention and control, and, from 2010, care homes will be required to register with the Care Quality Commission and comply with a new version of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 Code of Practice on the prevention of care associated infections. This research aimed to find out how the current arrangements for preventing and controlling infections at the interface between registered social care homes and hospitals are working, and to gather and share information that could help care providers prepare for the new Code of Practice and their registration and regulation by the Care Quality Commission. The research consisted of qualitative case studies of 13 care homes, and a quantitative survey of over 1,000 care homes. The findings showed that care homes have not effectively implemented the guidance on improving infection prevention and control and their knowledge of the forthcoming regulatory changes is not widespread. It also showed that care homes and hospitals were not passing information on infections to each other in a coordinated way. The report contains recommendations for care providers, care homes, commissioners of care, and the Department of Health.

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hospitals, infectious diseases, regulation, care homes, collaboration;
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978 1 84562 241 1

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