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Infection, prevention and control

Three combined images of people preventing infection

In partnership with Social Care Wales and Welsh Government, we have developed an All Wales Infection Prevention and Control Training, Learning and Development Framework for health, social care, early years and childcare.

The framework sets out the standards that should be used to inform practice of all members of care delivery teams in the health, social care, and early years and childcare sectors.

To support the framework, a suite of education and training resources have been developed to ensure that the knowledge, skills and competencies associated with infection prevention and control are available against the standards on a Once for Wales approach for health and social care. 

As part of this work, a short-animated video, has been developed to reinforce best practice and behaviours of workers and visitors to care settings across the sectors, in order to reduce the spread of infection and infectious diseases. 

Our animation can be uploaded to Health Board Intranet sites, visual display screens, and other local communication channels where appropriate.

Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Programme

The 12-month IPC strategic programme of work was completed in May 2022, and the focus was to review and make recommendations in relation to the specialist IPC workforce and specialist education.

Stakeholders, within “Task and Finish” groups facilitated by HEIW, collaborated, reflected and co-produced specialist IP&C workforce and education, training and development resources.

Resources co-developed include:

  1. Innovative IP&C Specialist workforce model with workforce clusters, core roles and core functions, to support a robust and sustainable workforce interlinked to:
  2. Specialist Infection Prevention and Control Learning, training and development framework provides
    • Level/step approach
    • Core competencies within 4 subdomains
    • Sources of evidence to demonstrate competency
  3. Compendium of specialist education (courses, programmes and/or modules) for IPC specialists

Resources will be available shortly on this page.  For more information please contact Lisa Bassett: