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HCAI Reporting within Independent Sector healthcare organisations

Mandatory reporting of meticillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteraemia and Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) has been in place for National Health Service (NHS) acute Trusts for several years. Independent Sector (IS) hospitals began reporting MRSA bacteraemia and CDI, from January 2008. In January 2011 this scheme was extended to include surveillance of MSSA bacteraemia and E. coli bacteraemia in June 2011. IS healthcare organisations providing regulated activities undertake surveillance on HCAIs and report to Public Health England (PHE) as specified in the Code of Practice. Please refer to the UK Legislation website and The Health and Social Care Act 2008 for more information.

Whilst reporting guidelines and case definitions for IS organisations and NHS acute Trusts are identical there have been numerous issues specific to IS surveillance which are further discussed in the commentaries below.

Such issues also mean that to date it is not possible to draw comparisons between IS and NHS data on these published data.

The latest publication includes 6 months counts of MRSA, MSSA and E. coli bacteraemia and CDI within those IS organisations who reported between April 2013 and September 2013.

Archive data for April 2012 -  March 2013 is available below.

IS Reporting Summary - April 2014

Commentary:  Commentary accompanying the Independent Sector MRSA, MSSA, E.coli bacteraemia and CDI publication - April 2014 (PDF, 603 KB)

Tables:  Counts of MRSA, MSSA, E.coli bacteraemia and CDI in IS organisations from April 2013 - September 2013 (Excel Spreadsheet, 126 KB)

  • Table 1: Counts of MRSA bacteraemia by Independent Sector Healthcare Organisation; April 2013 to September 2013
  • Table 2: Counts of Clostridium difficile infection by Independent Sector Healthcare Organisation; April 2013 to September 2013
  • Table 3: Counts of MSSA bacteraemia by Independent Sector Healthcare Organisation; April 2013 to September 2013
  • Table 4: Counts of Escherichia coli bacteraemia by Independent Sector Healthcare Organisation; April 2013 to September 2013

Descriptive commentary - July 2009

 Commentary on Reporting of C. difficile infections and MRSA bacteraemia from the Independent Sector (PDF, 438 KB)

Archive Reporting Summaries

October 2013

Archive Commentary: Commentary accompanying the Independent Sector MRSA, MSSA, E.coli bacteraemia and CDI publication- October 2013 (PDF, 609 KB)

Archive Tables: Counts and rates of MRSA, MSSA, E. coli bacteraemia and CDI in IS organisations from April 2012 - March 2013. (Excel Spreadsheet, 128 KB)

  • Archive table 1: Counts and rates of MRSA bacteraemia by Independent Sector Healthcare Organisation; April 2012 to March 2013
  • Archive table 2: Counts and rates of Clostridium difficile infection by Independent Sector Healthcare Organisation; April 2012 to March 2013
  • Archive table 3: Counts and rates of MSSA bacteraemia by Independent Sector Healthcare Organisation; April 2012 to March 2013
  • Archive table 4: Counts and rates of Escherichia coli bacteraemia by Independent Sector Healthcare Organisation; April 2012 to March 2013

These tables are provided for historical reference and will not be updated. Please note that the numbers may have changed but the overall trend will remain the same.

Previous publications are available on request.


Last reviewed: 31 March 2014