We are a team of community-based specialist nurses, experienced in managing and preventing the spread of infections. Our service runs 8:30am to 5pm, Monday-Friday. Infection prevention and control means doing everything possible to prevent infection from both developing and spreading to others.
We educate and support patients, carers and health professionals to stop the spread of healthcare associated infections, and deal with them appropriately when they do happen. The health professional caring for you can get expert advice directly from us to ensure the infection you have is treated correctly. However, you can also contact the team directly about an infection. We can visit you at home, or discuss your concerns over the telephone. We give advice about a wide range of infections, including MRSA, influenza, scabies, COVID 19 and Clostridium Difficile.
We provide specialist advice and support to:
- All patients registered with a Nottingham City GP including their carers and relatives
- All Staff within Nottingham CityCare Partnership
- GP Practices
- Care Homes with Nursing beds
- Residential Care Home patients
- Supported Living Facilities and Home Care Agencies
As well as this our responsibilities include:
We review the alert list provided by Microbiology at the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust on a twice daily basis, ensuring all individuals that require further follow up have their management and treatment effectively implemented and reviewed in the community
We provide IPC Training for clinical staff in CityCare, GP Practices, Care Homes, Care Agencies and Supported Living Facilities
We produce a quarterly health care associated infection report for the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) that details all health care associated infections within Nottingham City. The report advises on outcomes, risks and actions.
We undertake a programme of infection prevention and control audits and peer reviews. We ensure that comprehensive records of the audit visits are maintained, the relevant audit protocol is adhered to and all outcomes and recommendations are shared in a timely manner with the manager of the service and if escalation for wider support is required, the CCG are also notified.
We contribute to the Nottinghamshire wide Infection Prevention and Control Group to pro-actively reduce the impact and transmission of health care associated infections. We also work in partnership with relevant Public Health colleagues within Nottingham City Council and Public Health England on local public health protection, infection control and surveillance related issues.
We Notify Nottingham City CCG and Public Health England when the service becomes aware of any community based outbreak.
We identify, report and investigate all healthcare associated infection serious incidents in line with the appropriate frameworks and processes. We reports will be submitted to Nottingham CCG in line with mandatory timescales.