This quality standard covers preventing and controlling infection in adults, young people and children receiving healthcare in primary, community and secondary care settings. It includes preventing healthcare-associated infections that develop because of treatment or from being in a healthcare setting. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

It does not cover preventing surgical wound infections, which are included in NICE’s quality standard for surgical site infection.

NICE has also published a quality standard for healthcare-associated infections, specifically for hospitals and other secondary care services.

How to use NICE quality standards and how we develop them

Quality standards help you improve the quality of care you provide or commission. Find out how to use quality standards and how we develop them. We check our quality standards every August to make sure they are up to date.