Public Health England assists infection control and the control of antimicrobial resistance in the healthcare setting by monitoring these infections with mandatory and voluntary surveillance schemes covering bacteraemia (blood stream infections) caused by Staphylococcus aureus - both meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and meticillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA), E.coli and glycopeptide-resistant enterococcus(GRE) as well as Clostridium difficile infection (C. diff/CDI), surgical site infections (of which some orthopaedic categories are mandatory) via the surgical site infection surveillance scheme (SSISS). Other healthcare associated infections, including antimicrobial (antibiotic) resistant micro-organisms are also monitored via a voluntary microbiology laboratory reporting system.
- 2 December 2013: Acute trust toolkit for the early detection, management and control of carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae
- 15 November 2013: Voluntary surveillance of Acinetobacter spp. bacteraemia, England, Wales and Northern Ireland: 2012
- 18 October 2013: Voluntary surveillance of Klebsiella, Enterobacter, Serratia and Citrobacter spp. bacteraemia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland: 2012
- 18 October 2013: Voluntary surveillance of Enterococcus spp. bacteraemia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland: 2012
- October 2013: New Norovirus prevention poster A new leaflet is available to download and place into health and GP settings. It provides helpful advice to prevent highly infectious norovirus from spreading, aka the 'winter vomiting bug', over the colder months. Norovirus is transmitted by contact with contaminated surfaces, an infected person, or consumption of contaminated food or water.
- 20 September 2013: Voluntary surveillance of candidaemia, England, Wales and Northern Ireland: 2012
- 12 September 2013: Quarterly Epidemiological Commentary: Trends in MRSA bacteraemia, MSSA bacteraemia, E. coli bacteraemia and C. difficile infection: data up to April - June 2013
- 02 Aug 2013: Spatial proximity as a driver for norovirus transmission during hospital outbreaks
- 19 July 2013: Voluntary surveillance of Pseudomonas spp. and Stenotrophomonas spp. causing bacteraemia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland: 2012
- 11 July 2013: Annual MRSA bacateraemia, MSSA bacteraemia, E.coli bacteraemia and Clostridium difficile infection data tables by acute Trust, Primary Care Organisation (PCO) and Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)
- 7 December 2012: Surveillance of Surgical Site Infections in NHS hospitals in England 2011/12
- 26 October 2012: New public health guidance on the management of pertussis incidents in healthcare settings
- 21 September 2012: HCAI & Antimicrobial Resistance 2010-2011 Annual Report
- 7 August 2012: New study on surgical site infections following caesarean section
- 23 May 2012: English National Point Prevalence Survey on Healthcare-associated Infections and Antimicrobial Use, 2011: preliminary data
- 4 May 2012:
The HPA contributed to an evaluation of the national cleanyourhands campaign which was rolled out to all 187 NHS Trusts with instructions to provide bed-side alcohol handrub, posters encouraging healthcare workers to clean their hands and a range of patient empowering materials.
The research shows that the increased procurement of soap was independently linked with reduced C. difficile infection throughout the study and increased procurement of alcohol hand rub was independently associatiated with reduced MRSA infection. These strong and independent associations remained after taking account of all other interventions.
BMJ paper reports on national Cleanyourhands campaign [external link]
UCL report reduced infections total following national handwashining campaign [external link]