Links to other sites of interest

This page lists internet sites that may of interest/value to you in relation to infection prevention and control.  If you would like to suggest other sites for inclusion or have identified a problem with a site please email ipc@rcn.org.uk

General sites of interest

These include sites of relevance for any nurse, midwife or health care assistant in relation to infection prevention.  These may originate from any country of the UK or internationally. 

Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)

MHRA now has a webpage specifically designed for infection prevention control practitioners and those with an interest in this important area of clinical practice. It includes guidance, safety alerts, and links to educational material to assist staff in the safe use and management of the wide range of medicines and medical devices. Go to the MHRA Infection Prevention website.

The webpage is regularly updated with information that the MHRA publishes of relevance to infection prevention.
Practitioners can subscribe to receive an email alert when the page is updated. 

National Resource for Infection Control (NRIC)

NRIC is a very useful site which provides a single point of access for both UK and international guidance and best practice on infection prevention. It includes resources on clinical practices, transmission, diseases and organisms and policy/guidance. This site also hosts the national Electronic Library for Infection (NELI). 

Please visit the NRIC website.

Rapid Review Panel

The Rapid Review Panel (RRP) has been convened by the Health Protection Agency at the request of the Department of Health (England). This was outlined in 'Winning Ways' and 'Towards Cleaner Hospitals and lower rates of infection'. The panel provides a prompt assessment of new and novel equipment, materials and other products or protocols that may be of value to the NHS in improving hospital infection control and reducing hospital acquired infections. Go to the Rapid Review Panel website.

Central Sterilising Club (CSC)

The club is a multi-disciplinary forum for  the exchange of information in relation to decontamination and is of interest to any nurse in a role related to decontamination (particularly cleaning, disinfection and sterilisation) of medical equipment e.g. nurses working in endoscopy, theatres or infection prevention. The club hosts an annual conference and study days that are well attended and evaluated. Membership costs £10 per year and application forms need to be supported by a current member (contact Rose Gallagher for further information at ipc@rcn.org.uk ).  Please go the CSC website for more information.

Campaign for Greener Healthcare

This is a small organisation that works with key partners within and outside of the NHS such as NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency, the Carbon Trust, the Renal Association, South Central SHA and the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly PCT to help them create sustainable plans to reduce the environmental impact of their organisation and help reduce global warming. Go to the Greener Healthcare website for more information.

International Scientific Forum on Home Hygiene (IFH)

IFH is a global, professional, not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation whose mission is to promote health and wellbeing through improved hygiene in the home and community. The website includes scientific reviews, guidelines and training materials, plain language fact sheets and hygiene advice sheets, and resources on home hygiene. Go to the IFH website for more information.   

European Commission Directorate General for Health and Consumers (DG SANCO)

DG SANCO consists of EU officials who work together to ensure that European laws and guidance protecting European citizens is in place (food, consumer goods and health). The website includes a section on public health which includes infectious diseases and anti-microbial resistance. It also contains publications such as the European Commission recommendation on patient safety including the prevention and control of health care associated infections published in June 2009. Follow the link to go to the public health pages of the DG SANCO website or the DG SANCO homepage

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)

ECDC was established in 2005 and is an EU agency. ECDC's aim is to strengthen Europe's defences against infectious diseases by working with national health protection agencies to strengthen and develop continent wide surveillance and early warning systems. The ECDC website has information on many health topics related to infectious diseases, publications, meetings and surveillance of current pandemic influenza. Go to the ECDC webpage for further information. 

World Health Organization (WHO)

WHO is the directing and co-ordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. Its remit includes infection control and infectious diseases and patient safety. WHO published the First Global Patient Safety Challenge and coordinates the Clean Care is Safer Care programme promoting hand hygiene, particularly the five moments for hand hygiene. There is also a dedicated area for infection prevention and control in health care to assist member states to reduce the burden of health care associated infections and antimicrobial resistance. 


Department of Health (England)

The Department of Health website includes a lot of information including the Chief Nursing Officers bulletin (CNO), pandemic influenza and other guidance or letters/documents of significance. 

Clean safe care (including Essential Steps)

The Clean Safe Care web site provides information and tools to support the DH Saving Lives and Essential steps programmes. Evaluation reports from the showcase hospitals who have been supporting the DH HCAI technologies work are also available along with resources to support root cause analysis following incidents.

Care Quality Commission (CQC)

The CQC is the independent regulator of health and social care in England. A new regulation regarding HCAIs came into force for NHS organisations in April 2009. This includes registration with the CQC by NHS organisations and maintaining standards as set out in the code of practice for the NHS on the prevention and control of infection. Follow the link for more information on the Care Quality Commission and their role in assessing compliance with the requirements of the code of practice. 

Health Protection Agency (HPA)

The HPA provides information on infectious diseases, pandemic influenza, zoonosis and health care associated infections including results of national mandatory HCAI surveillance. Follow the link to the infectious diseases page for more information.

DH Hepatitis C Campaign

Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus that can lead to cirrhosis of the liver, primary liver cancer or liver failure, but effective treatment is available to prevent this. About 100,000 people in England may have undiagnosed chronic hepatitis C infection. For more information on detection, diagnosis and treatment of Hepatitis C, please visit the NHS Choices Hepatitis C website.

National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) - England and Wales

The NPSA national Clean Your Hands campaign is now closed however archived materials can still be accessed. 

Northern Ireland

Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA)

The RQIA is an independent body responsible for monitoring and inspecting the availability and quality of health and social care services in Northern Ireland. The RQIA website includes information on infection control in addition to information on the findings of unannounced infection control/hygiene inspections to acute hospitals.

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS)

The DHSSPS has three main business responsibilities - health and social care, public health and public safety. The DHSSPS website contains up-to-date information on the latest swine flu information for Northern Ireland as well as other useful documents relating to infection prevention. 

Public Health Agency for Northern Ireland

The agency undertakes diverse activities relating to public health. The website includes information on outbreak reports and specific issues relating to communicable disease.  Go to Public Health Agency for more information.

Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre (CDSCNI)

The CDSCNI service provides the following services: surveillance of communicable diseases; advice and support to DHSSPS and health and social care organisations; advice and support to professionals; training; and the promotion of professional standards and research. 


Health Protection Scotland (HPS)

HPS provides information on infectious diseases as well as HCAIs and links to information and guidance on antimicrobial resistance, decontamination, model infection control policies, HAI Taskforce and the Scottish Surveillance of Healthcare Associated Infection Programme (SSHAIP). HPS also delivers Scotland's National Hand Hygiene campaign on behalf of the Scottish Government. 

Quality Improvement Scotland (QIS)

QIS has a key role in supporting NHS boards and health care staff improve the quality of health care in Scotland. The QIS site includes links to SIGN guidelines and the Healthcare Environment Inspectorate (HEI). Copies of the HEI inspection reports from NHS boards can be located here.

NHS Education for Scotland (NES)

NES supports the design, commission and provision of education to support health care provision in Scotland. There are links to a number of resources supporting education around HCAIs and pandemic influenza.

Scottish Government - The Scottish Ministerial Healthcare Associated Infection Taskforce

Established in 2003 in response to the Ministerial HAI Action Plan "Preventing Infections Acquired while Receiving Healthcare" (October 2002), the HAI Taskforce assists development and implementation of the current Scottish HAI action plan.  For more information go to HAI Taskforce. Please note the RCN is represented on the HAI taskforce.


National Public Health Service Wales (NPHS)

NPHS can be accessed via both English and Welsh speaking links. The site contains information on health care associated infections including infection control policies, surveillance results and the E-learning programme. 

National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) - England and Wales

The NPSA national Clean your hands campaign is now closed however archived materials can still be accessed. 

1000 Lives Campaign

Launched in April 2008, this campaign aims to reduce risks to patient safety and prevent 1,000 avoidable deaths over two years. The six evidence-based content areas include HCAIs. Follow the link to the campaign home page.

Free to lead free to care

This report launched in 2008 aims to empower ward sisters and charge nurses to manage their wards more effectively and improve standards of care. The 35 recommendations include issues relating to ward cleanliness, staffing and an all Wales nurse uniform. Information can be found in the Welsh Assembly Government website area for Free to lead free to care.