Infection prevention and control
Infection prevention and control is a key health priority and there are requirements that must be met under the Health & Social Care Act (2008) and the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
The Health Protection Team can offer support and guidance to commissioners and providers of health and adult social care in Lincolnshire.
We will help to ensure the appropriate IPC systems and processes are in place to meet the required national standards and that they are able to provide evidence of good quality, clean and safe care.
Link Practitioner Network
We deliver an established Infection Prevention and Control Link Practitioner Network. It comprises of four quarterly sessions that are held at seven locations across the county.
They are an opportunity to provide education updates and share experiences and come together for joint learning. This information is then fed back to care homes.
An outbreak is defined as an incident of two or more cases of an infectious disease that are linked in time, place or association of person.
Locally we are responsible for tracking and monitoring incidents of infectious disease outbreaks across the county, such as influenza (flu), Norovirus and Coronavirus.
All providers of health and social care, schools and other childcare settings have a responsibility to notify us of any outbreaks.
We support services to undertake risk assessments and provide advice and support to help a setting manage the outbreak.
A notifiable disease is something that needs to be reported to Public Health England (PHE) in order for them to detect possible outbreaks of disease and epidemics as soon as possible. It is the responsibility of the registered medical practitioner, such as a GP to notify of any such diseases.
We can offer advice and guidance on some precautionary Infection Control measures to take.
School and childcare settings
We provide guidance and support to child care settings, including nurseries, children's centres and day centres surrounding Infection Prevention and Control (IPC).