Clearer route into IPC nursing needed, says report

The Centre for Workforce Intelligence recommends clearer training routes and the development of core competencies for infection prevention and control nursing

Healthcare commissioners in England should develop clearer training routes into infection prevention and control (IPC) nursing, a report published today says. 

The Centre for Workforce Intelligence (CfWI) was commissioned by Public Health England, Health Education England and the Department of Health to provide a better understanding of the IPC nursing workforce across the country.  

The aim is to develop a ‘fit-for-purpose’ IPC nursing workforce over the next 15 years to tackle the growth in antimicrobial resistance. 

The CfWI report found there is no uniformity in the core competencies for IPC nurses, nor is there a clear pathway into the role. 

Core competencies for IPC nurses should be developed by commissioners in the next one to three years, and a clearer route into IPC nursing should be developed as a three to five-year goal, the report recommends.  

This would include set training and assessment requirements that would provide ‘certainty about expectations, and perhaps give the workforce a better sense of professional identity’. 

‘It may be useful to either undertake a one-off census for IPC nurses, include a code for IPC nurses on the electronic staff record to improve workforce management, or look at compulsory registration to gain better data,' adds the report. 

To read the full report, click here.

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