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All staff in a healthcare environment should participate in the prevention and control of infection. To prevent the spread of diseases, a policy needs to be in place that works effectively in everyday practice. There must be a vigilant culture as it is every healthcare personnel’s responsibility to reduce the spread of infection.
The Health and Social Care Act is the code that all NHS and private healthcare facilities need to commit to in respect to good practice. The system in place needs to support how the organisation will prevent, control and decontaminate the hospital in the case of an outbreak.
Each hospital should have an infection, prevention and control team to make sure this code is adhered to. A prevention team's obligations including:
For information on how to prevent infection go to Infection control.