Infection Control

Infection Prevention and Control is pivotal in ensuring a safe and clean environment for both patients and staff.

At DHU Health Care we are committed to tackling HCAIs (Healthcare Associated Infections) by recognising and reducing infection risks, striving to develop safer working practises and by applying a detailed set of policies and procedures for our staff to adhere to.

Keeping the NHS clean and preventing the spread of infection is everybody’s responsibility from the executive board to patients, staff and the public.

To ensure consistency across the East Midlands, Cleanliness Charters have been established across all health care organisations. The DHU Health Care CIC Cleanliness Charter sets out the standards to be achieved in order to ensure that the highest Infection Prevention & Control standards are delivered by everybody throughout the organisation.

You can view our charter here.

Strict adherence to the IP&C policy is expected of all employees of DHU Health Care. In order to ensure that high standards of IP&C are being applied, all new staff must receive training as part of their induction and existing staff receive updates on an annual basis.

Information is also available for staff via our intranet and updates are provided through company-wide communications.

Our detailed IP&C procedure is assessed by analysing the incidence of episodes of infection, affecting patients and/or staff, at clinical and non-clinical sites. Regular site and vehicle audits are also carried out, the frequency of which may change depending on local and national policy.

How can I help?

One of the quickest, cheapest and most effective ways to reduce the spread of infection is through good hand hygiene.

Hand hygiene, either with soap and water or with alcohol-based handrub, can help you to avoid spreading infections to others and getting sick.

The short video gives you a guide on the best technique for washing your hands.