Review of the infection prevention and control nurse workforce
Commissioned by Public Health England in partnership with Health Education England and the Department of Health, this report aims to build a clearer understanding of the location, number, functions, skills and competences of the infection prevention and control (IPC) nursing workforce. Our report has found the following:
- IPC nurses are situated in different organisations, which all have different remits and responsibilities.
- There is no uniformity in person specifications or core competencies for IPC nurses.
- There is no clear defined pathway into IPC nursing and there is no ‘set’ qualification.
- There is substantial variability in team structures and IPC service delivery models.
- It is difficult to count the number of IPC nurses within care homes since the IPC leads there are not necessarily IPC nurses.
- There is currently no formal national network for IPC nursing.
The CfWI has made a number of short and long-term suggestions for commissioners to consider over the next one to three, and three to five years.