The Health Act 2006: Code of Practice for the prevention and control of healthcare associated infection.
This guidance will be superseded by 'The Health and Social Care Act 2008: Code of Practice for the NHS on the prevention and control of Healthcare associated infections and related guidance' which comes into force on the 1st April 2009 This is a revised version of The Code of Practice which will help NHS bodies to plan and implement how they can prevent and control health care associated infections. It sets out criteria by which managers of NHS organisations are to ensure that patients are cared for in a clean environment and where the risk of health care associated infections is kept as low as possible. The code is presented under 3 headings: - 1. Management, organisation and the environment 2. Clinical care policies 3. Health care workers It sets out clearly who the code applys to and provides key policy componants and references to support compliance with the code It supercedes the version published in 2006 The full regulatory impact assessment can be found at http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Legislation/Regulatoryimpactassessment/DH_4139338 and a summary of responses to Department of Health Consultation Document 'Action on Health Care Associated Infections in England' published in July 2005 at http://www.dh.gov.uk/assetRoot/04/12/36/72/04123672.pdf