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As an acute service provider Infection Prevention and Control is of the highest priority at Ashford & St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (ASPH) and has a zero tolerance approach to healthcare associated infections (HCAIs). Effective infection prevention and control is an essential component of a quality health service. ASPH aims to meet the requirements of the infection control assurance framework by:

  • reducing infection related morbidity and mortality
  • reducing the cost of patient care by preventing healthcare associated infection
  • providing a safe working environment for staff



The duties of the Infection Control Team and all healthcare workers is outlined in the following sections.



This document along with appropriate core infection control policies sets out and confirms ASPH commitment to national guidance including the Health and Social Care Act 2008 and registration with the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Code of Practice on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance. December 2010 (Hygiene Code).


Policy Statement

Infection prevention and control is the responsibility of all healthcare workers, in particular attention to hand hygiene, being the single most effective method of reducing HCAIs. The infection control assurance framework is linked to the annual infection control programme monitored by the Director of Infection Prevention and Control and agreed by the Trust Board in conjunction with the annual report in line with Department of Health Guidance. Assurance is also given to the Board by the regular updating of the Health Assure with evidence in regards to the Trust’s compliance with the Hygiene Code.


Policy Details

Download: PDF version
Compiled by: The Infection Control Team
Ratified by: Clinical Governance Committee
Date Ratified: April 2016
Date Issued: April 2018
Review Date: April 2019
Target Audience: All staff
Contact name: Ann Birler, Nurse Consultant/Deputy Director of Infection Prevention and Control


See also:

  • Trust Training Needs Analysis Document
  • Learning Education and Development Policy
  • Standard Precautions Policy
  • Hand Hygiene Policy
  • Sharps Policy
  • Isolation Policy
  • Aseptic Technique Policy
  • Blood Culture Policy
  • Glove Policy
  • Diarrhoea and Vomiting Policy
  • RealTime Operational Policy