Prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections: Quality improvement guide

NICE guidelines [PH36] Published date:

NICE, in partnership with the Health Protection Agency (HPA), has produced this quality improvement guide for board members working in (or with) hospitals. The aim is twofold: to reduce the risk of harm from healthcare-associated infections for patients, staff and visitors; and to reduce the costs associated with preventable infection.

The guide consists of 11 quality improvement statements which provide clear markers of excellence in infection prevention and control at a management or organisational level. Each statement is supported by examples of the type of evidence that could be used to prove the organisation has achieved excellence, and examples of what this would mean in practice on a day-to-day basis.   

The guide was developed using a pilot process.


NICE and the HPA would like to evaluate stakeholder use of and views on this quality improvement guide during its first year of publication. We would be very grateful if you could complete this short survey for us.


Many organisations share NICE's commitment to improve quality by making it clear what quality care is for patients and the public, health and social care professionals, commissioners and service providers.

So that this guide reaches the widest possible audience, some of the organisations who have been involved in the development process, and who endorse the healthcare associated infection quality improvement guide, have become partners in its publication.

If your organisation would like to endorse this guide please email

This quality improvement guide is endorsed by the following organisations:


The Association for Clinical Biochemistry,
Microbiology Group
Association for Clinical Biochemistry, Microbiology Group
British infection association logo
C-diff Support C-diff support logo
Healthcare Infection Society logo
Infection Prevention Society Infection Prevention Society logo
The Institute
of Biomedical Science
IBMS logo
The Kidney Alliance The Kidney Alliance
MRSA Action UK MRSA Action UK logo
of LINks Members
NALM Links logo
National Concern for
Healthcare Infections
National Concern for Healthcare Infections logo
NHS Institute for
Innovation and Improvement
under NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement logo
Royal College of Pathologists Royal College of Pathologists logo
Royal College of Physicians Royal College of Physicians logo
The Society for Acute Medicine Society for Acute Medicine logo
United Kingdom Clinical Pharmacy Association United Kingdom Clinical Pharmacy Association logo


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