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Infection Prevention and Control 2018-Sharing Knowledge Improving Care
Tue, 7 Mar 2017, 19:00 – Wed, 21 Feb 2018, 09:00 GMT
In February 2017 Knowlex working with NHS Improvement, NHS England and Public Health England brought together over 400 attendees to explore the initiatives announced by Jeremy Hunt and Sir Bruce Keogh in 2016.
In 2016 Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said,
"The NHS can rightly be proud that in the last 6 years we’ve reduced the number of MRSA cases by 57% and C. difficile by 45%. These aren’t abstract numbers – they show that we have prevented the needless suffering – sometimes fatal suffering – of over 60,000 people in that period. Because every avoidable infection also has a financial cost, we know that progress has also saved the NHS over half a billion pounds".
The government’s plans to prevent NHS infections included:
- more money for hospitals making the most progress in reducing infection rates with a new £45 million quality premium
- independent Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspections focusing on infection prevention based on E. coli rates in hospitals and in the community, and taking action against poor performers
- the NHS publishing staff hand hygiene indicators for the first time
- displaying E. coli rates on wards, making them visible to patients and visitors in the same way that MRSA and C. difficile are currently shown
- improving training and information sharing, so NHS staff can learn from the best in cutting infection rates
- appointing a new National Infection Lead, Dr Ruth May
Dr Ruth May, new National Infection and Prevention Lead, said:
"This is a clear plan to achieve real change across the NHS focusing on a combination of strict oversight from the CQC and the collection, publication and intelligent use of data which will ensure organisations improve infection control and help us to make sure poor performers get the support they need to improve quickly"
In February of 2018 we will meet again at the Brewery in London to review progress and results against these new targets and strategies. We will also celebrate local and national successes and identify opportunities within the CQUIN programme.