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New national hand hygiene policy aims to ‘reduce variation’

Date: Thu 28th March 2019

A new national hand hygiene policy has been published by NHS England and NHS Improvement to support a “common understanding” among healthcare staff on the issue.

The development of the strategy has been led by Dr Lisa Ritchie, infection control nurse consultant at Health Protection Scotland, following a year-long project engaging with frontline staff.

Dr Ritchie said: “The primary aim is to support a common understanding making the right thing easy to do for every patient, every time.

“It aims to reduce variation of practice and standardise care processes and it shouldn’t matter where our healthcare staff care are practising across England… healthcare staff should be receiving the same consistent messaging on IPC including effective hand hygiene,” she added.

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