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Infection Prevention and Control


Anglian Community Enterprise acknowledges its duty to protect patients, staff, carers and visitors from the risk of avoidable healthcare associated infection. We are committed to ensuring that safe working practices are utilised by those providing healthcare services to our patients.  


We recognise that we have a duty of care to ensure we comply with The Health and Social Care Act 2008 and to protect service users/patients; staff; contractors and visitors from infections and supports the need for effective systematic arrangements for surveillance, prevention and control. We are therefore committed to reducing the incidences of healthcare associated infections and more importantly, maintaining that reduction. 

Click for more information: The Health & Social Care Act 2008 Code of Practice on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance DH 2015  


Hand washing

Everyone can help stop the spread of infections by cleaning their hands properly at the right times. It is especially important that people who are caring for their own, or someone else's medical devices or wounds know about good hand hygiene.  


Click here for guidelines on:  Hand washing 

Hand Hygiene is the single most important factor in preventing the spread of infection. Click here for further information


The Infection Prevention and Control Guidelines incorporates a number of aspects related to infection control (sharps, personal protective equipment) all of which staff are required to adhere to in order to help reduce the spread of infection.

Useful links


ACE Policies

ACE 615   Antimicrobial Stewardship Policy and Standard Operating Procedure for the Prescribing of Antimicrobials 
   ACE 368 Aseptic Non-Touch Technique. 
   ACE 621  Collection of Microbiological Specimens
   ACE 367  Decontamination of Medical Devices and Equipment
 ACE 532  Deep Clean Policy (under maintenance)
   ACE 5  Dress Code for Staff/Uniform Policy
 ACE 644  Environmental Cleaning
 ACE 640  Food Safety and Hygiene
 ACE 273  Hand Hygiene
 ACE 265  Infection Prevention and Control Policy and Assurance Framework (under maintenance)
   ACE 153   Infection Prevention and Control Principles
 ACE 641   Linen and Laundry Management
 ACE 295  Management of Clinical Waste
 ACE 84  Management of clostridium difficile associated disease (CDAD) in the community hospitals,  - (Policy and procedure and prevention)
ACE 643   Management of Invasive Medical Devices
 ACE 642   Mattress Management
 ACE 183  Medical Devices Policy
 ACE 23  Medicines Policy and Standard Operating Procedures
   ACE 277   Methicillin–Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Policy and Procedure
 ACE 45  Needlestick and Contamination Injuries Procedure
 ACE 629  Outbreak and Isolation Management (under maintenance)
   ACE 637  Personal Protective Equipment
 ACE 275   Procedure for Peripheral Vascular Devices and Intravenous Therapy (Adult) (under maintenance)
   ACE 638  Safe Use and Disposal of Sharps
 ACE 646   Single-Use and Single-Patient Use Medical Devices
 ACE 260  Skin Cleansing
 ACE 639   Spillage Management
 ACE 636  Standard Infection Control Precautions