Coronavirus: Infection Prevention and Control
- Funding for infection prevention and control
- All settings
- Care homes
- Home care
- Using PPE
- Inspection and IPC
Good infection prevention and control is central to reducing and delaying the spread of coronavirus. Key infection control resources are highlighted here.
Funding for infection prevention and control§
Helen Whatley’s letter to care providers states: “It is also vital that even when many residents and staff have been vaccinated and despite the lower levels of infections in the community, care providers and all their staff must continue to follow the guidance on the use of PPE, the regular testing regime and the wider infection prevention and control measures that we know are so important to reduce the risks of Covid transmission... I would also urge all providers to make sure all those you care for who can be vaccinated have been, and to support all your staff to be vaccinated.”
Sets out the measures that the new £341m Infection Control and Testing Fund will support, including distribution of funds, conditions on funds and reporting requirements.
Due to the success of the Infection Control Fund and the Rapid Testing Fund in supporting care providers to reduce transmission and re-enabling close contact visiting, these funding streams have been consolidated and extended until June 2021, with an extra £341 million of funding.
This is a new grant, with separate conditions to the original Infection Control Fund, the extension to the Infection Control Fund and the original Rapid Testing Fund.
ICF information updated to show May - September 2020 LA spending spreadsheet
Sets out the infection control measures that the infection control fund supports, including information on the distribution of funds and reporting requirements.
This CPA briefing note provides further information and examples to support care providers’ reports to local authorities on ICF2 funding to end of March 2021. It is being reviewed following the announcement of a third fund to June 2021.
The Care Provider Alliance (CPA) welcomes the government’s promise of extra funding as part of the Infection Control Fund and the announcement of the new Adult Social Care Winter Plan.
A new adult social care winter plan to support care homes through winter including free PPE and £546 million Infection Control Fund.
Added information on isolation and IPC measures for asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infected individuals.
Resources include a quick guide, which sets out best practice to remain safe and prevent coronavirus from spreading, and a free e-learning course about infection control for frontline staff.
Guidance on the ventilation of indoor spaces to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Restricting workforce movement between care homes and other care settings – Updated 3 March - DHSC
Guidance for care home providers on limiting staff movement between settings in all but exceptional circumstances to help reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. Updated guidance on retesting within 90 days of a previous positive test in the ‘further guidance on testing’ section.
Those handling bodies should be aware that there is likely to be a continuing risk of infection.
Range of Public Health England guidance and resources for health and care staff on infection prevention and control during coronavirus outbreak. There are also some posters downloadable posters.
The National Care Forum (NCF), Quality Compliance Systems (QCS) and Standards Wise International have developed an audit tool that supports organisations to assess their own practices, and prepare evidence for audit which meets CQC requirements and also conforms to international standards.
The tool is structured around eight questions and prompts that CQC inspectors will use to assess infection prevention and control procedures in all care settings in England from September.
CPA guidance on infection prevention and control to protect the health and well-being of service users in care settings, and to reduce the effect of an infection outbreak on service provision. Effective infection prevention and control depends on early recognition and timely intervention. This in turn depends on surveillance of infection. This document should be used in conjunction with national guidance and local policies.
CPA has also published a helpful checklist that you could use to help you prevent and control the spread of infection in your care setting. This document should be used in conjunction with national guidance and local policies. It should also be used to complement the guidance on Infection prevention and control.
- Download Infection control checklist – PDF version
- Download Infection control checklist – Word version
Guidance for those working in care homes providing information on how to work safely during this period of sustained transmission of COVID-19. Change made: Introduced recommendations to change PPE after each episode of personal care, and new recommendations around use of eye protection when delivering personal care within 2 metres.
This Care Provider Alliance briefing outlines a risk management approach care homes can use to manage restrictions on staff movements. The briefing relates to CQC registered care homes with or without nursing in England.
Guidance on how to protect care home residents and staff during the coronavirus outbreak.
This document sets out the waste management approach for all healthcare facilities including primary care facilities and testing facilities in England and Wales during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The VIVALDI-1 survey was set up before Capacity Tracker was widely used. It collected information on the number of staff and residents in each care home and the number of confirmed COVID-19 infections. The study found that infections and outbreaks were less likely in care homes that:
- Paid statutory or more than statutory sickness pay to staff (compared to homes that did not provide sickness pay at all)
- Made sure staff only worked with either infected or uninfected residents, not both
- Did not employ bank or agency nurses or carers
- Had higher numbers of staff per resident.
A resource for those working in domiciliary care providing information on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). Introduced recommendations to change PPE after each episode of personal care, and new recommendations around use of eye protection when delivering personal care within 2 metres.
See also our section on PPE supplies.
Guidance on infection prevention and control for COVID-19. Sustained community transmission is occurring across the UK.
Guidance on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) for aerosol generating procedures (AGPs).
This resource outlines personal protective equipment (PPE) advice for health and social care workers working in the community.
Inspection and IPC§
Includes a list of questions and prompts that inspectors use to look at how well staff and people living in care homes are protected by infection prevention and control (IPC) - key line of enquiry S5.
The questions help them to gather information about the service's strengths. They also help them to understand if there are any gaps or concerns about infection prevention and control. Where there are, they aim to signpost the service to resources that could help.
For inspections of designated settings, there are specific elements CQC are checking for in the environment to ensure infection control can be maintained. They will be checking this using their Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) framework. They will check if services are physically separating this group of residents, whether a dedicated workforce is in place and ensuring there’s an appropriate emphasis on ventilation.
The Care Provider Alliance (CPA) welcomes the Care Quality Commission’s latest report on infection prevention and control during the coronavirus pandemic. Speaking about the report, Kathy Roberts, CPA chair said: “CQC’s very timely report provides further evidence and examples to support continuous improvement in this area and we look forward to working with CQC on this crucial issue for care providers, their staff and the people they support.”
In response to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic CQC have introduced Infection Prevention and Control inspections in order to share good practice, uphold high quality care and keep people in care safe.
As this report shows most care providers that CQC have inspected have shown they are responding to the challenges of infection prevention control well, under these extraordinary circumstances.