We've developed this resource with Public Health England and colleagues across the health economy, including those working on the front line.
We're focusing on reducing healthcare associated E. coli bloodstream infections because they represent 55% of all Gram-negative BSIs. As approximately three-quarters of E. coli BSIs occur before people are admitted to hospital, reduction requires a whole health economy approach.
We've made suggestions rather than prescriptions about how
to reduce these infections and pulled together a collection of tools for local
teams. We recognise that effective prevention of infection is multifaceted and
requires strong leadership, effective training programmes, and evidence-based
guidelines and interventions.
The guidance explains, for the purposes of the NHS ambition to reduce healthcare-associated Gram-negative BSIs, how these infections will be defined according to where they are detected (community or hospital settings), and key healthcare-associated risk factors.
Provides healthcare workers, hospital administrators and health authorities with a thorough review of evidence on hand hygiene in healthcare and specific recommendations to improve practices and reduce transmission of pathogenic microorganisms.
A Public Health England campaign to encourage healthcare staff and patients to take action and slow antibiotic resistance. Make a personal pledge about action you'll take to prevent infections and make better use of antibiotics.
Influence prescribers' and patients' personal attitudes, social norms and perceived barriers to optimal antibiotic prescribing used by the whole primary care team within the GP practice or out-of-hours setting.
Covers the effective use of antimicrobials (antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and antiparasitic medicines) to reduce the emergence of antimicrobial resistance. It's relevant for all care settings, all formulations of antimicrobials.
Publication aiming to encourage widespread adoption of the National Occupational Standards across all NHS and independent healthcare sectors, by enabling a full understanding of the standards and providing quality care for patients.
Will assist practitioners to continually increase their existing knowledge, understanding and skills to deliver improved quality of care for patients by relieving the burden of disease and avoidable illness through healthcare associated infections.
Aimed at all health and social care staff this learning e-learning module contains resources to support awareness and education of clinical staff on antimicrobial resistance in different care settings.
This is intended to reward clinical commissioning groups for improvements in the quality of the services that they commission and for associated improvements in health outcomes and reducing inequalities.
Public Health England's Data Capture System provides an integrated data reporting and analysis system for the mandatory surveillance of Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli bacteraemia and Clostridium difficile infections.
An indicative tool showing NHS providers and commissioners how many infections are happening, the length of time patients stay in hospital, how many deaths are associated with E. coli and the financial cost to the NHS.