Infection Prevention and Control (IPC)



Infection Prevention and Control measures are used by all health and social care staff in healthcare premises to reduce the risk of a service user/patient from acquiring a Healthcare Associated Infection (HCAIs).

Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) is one of the fundamental standards assessed by the Care Quality Commission.  The IPC standards against which all practices will be measured by the regulators are outlined within the Health and Social Care Act 2008: code of practice on the prevention and control of infections (2015).  Appendix D of this guidance demonstrates how a proportionate approach to the guidance could apply in primary medical care practices.

 ‘Good infection prevention (including cleanliness) is essential to ensure that people who use health and social care services receive safe and effective care. Effective prevention and control of infection must be part of everyday practice and be applied consistently by everyone.

Good management and organisational processes are crucial to make sure that high standards of infection prevention (including cleanliness) are developed and maintained.’

Health and Social Care Act 2008:

Code of practice on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance 2015.

Maintaining high standards of Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) practice is therefore vital for supporting patient safety and wellbeing.  Patients who acquire an HCAI may have increased risks of morbidity and mortality as a result; this can lead to extended lengths of hospitalisation and further treatments being needed.

The following information and tools have been provided by the CCG in order to support practices to achieve compliance with this Code of Practice.

You will note that previous IPC resources and events were developed for individual CCGs, however, moving forward, our aim is to ensure that all events and resources are developed for all three CCGs within the Herts and West Essex Integrated Care System.

Further information and support can be obtained by contacting the IPC Team at or 01442 284022.


All of the information contained on this page has been written and compiled by the Hertfordshire and West Essex (HWE) ICS Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) team and is hosted on the HWE Training Hub Website. 

All items and documents on this webpage for IPC are uncontrolled if printed or downloaded. All items on this page are intended for use by Hertfordshire and West Essex GP Practices/Surgeries only.

The HWE ICS Training Hub is not responsible for ensuring that the individual user downloads or accesses the most recent or relevant documents. The responsibility for ensuring that the most recent and relevant information that is accessed rests with the individual. Whilst we endeavour to make sure that all links to current guidance provided in our documents are up to date, please ensure you check online for the latest version. Please contact the IPC team if further information is required, their contact details are: or 01442 284022.