Provision of professional advice
As part of of its work on infection prevention and control, the RCN works closely with the Department of Health in England. The RCN is actively involved in a number of stakeholder or expert reference group meetings to discuss DH policy on Healthcare Associated Infections, including:
RCN Northen Ireland is represented on the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) Hospital Hygiene and Cleanliness Reference Group. In addition, RCN Northern Ireland have been in discussion with the Public Health Agency on nursing representation within its new structures.
Healthcare Environment Inspectorate
The HEI was established in April 2009 by the Scottish Government. The focus of the HEI is to reduce Health care Associated Infection (HAI) risk to patients through a rigorous inspection framework. The aims of the inspectorate are to:
In 2013 the RCN joined OneTogether, a global movement aimed at improving patient safety by reduce preventable health care associated infections (HCAIs).
OneTogether is a collaboration of professional associations and industry partners with the joint aim of improving patient outcomes.
Despite continued focus on infection prevention, HCAIs remain an ongoing threat to patient safety and a significant drain on health service budgets. By facilitating joint working and connecting resources and expertise, OneTogether aims to empower the health care community to deliver a sustainable change in HCAI incidence.
Revised toolkit provides information to support professionals involved in the commissioning or assurance of health and social care services.
Publication examining how involving nursing and midwifery staff in procurement activities can save time, improve patient care and save money. It has been produced in partnership with NHS Supply Chain and the Clinical Procurement Specialist Network.
Publication setting out the current approaches to infection prevention and control and current organisation of the agencies responsible for commissioning, performance management and regulation in the NHS in England.
Publication describing the contribution that nurses and nursing can make at an international, national and local level to reduce the risk of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Developed to stimulate discussion and ensure nurses are fully involved and engaged with initiatives and actions that impact on AMR.