Infection Prevention and Control

Update 19 July 2021: Infection prevention control guidelines to remain in place

The highest priority for the NHS remains the safety of staff, patients and visitors.

While COVID restrictions will end in many settings in England from 19 July, everyone accessing or visiting healthcare settings must continue to wear a face covering (unless they are exempt) and follow social distancing rules. Public Health England’s infection prevention control guidelines and hospital visiting guidance are therefore set to remain in place for all staff and visitors and across all health services including hospitals, GP practices, dentists, optometrists and pharmacies to ensure patients and staff are protected. Go to for full information on infection prevention control guidance.

We are in a fast moving, evolving situation and, as with any new strain of infection, there are multiple sources of guidance and information produced for staff.

We recognise that this can be confusing for staff. Therefore, we have set up a dedicated email address and phone number, directing you to published advice and guidance regarding Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) and PPE procurement.

Contact details for IPC

The IPC email address will be monitored Monday – Friday from 8am – 4pm.

Contact details for PPE procurement

Face coverings: when to wear one and how to make your own

PHE have issued some guidance on the wearing of face coverings which we need to post on the NCL IPC (internet and intranet) sites please. Face coverings are not classed as PPE, and do not replace the requirements for people to maintain good hand hygiene, observe social distancing etc – therefore, it is not appropriate to place this guidance within any of the current tabs, it will have to sit out on both websites.

Infection control e-learning course

Infection prevention and control are essential to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). This video-based course for care providers in care homes and home care will teach you about the spread of infection and what you can do to protect both yourself and the people you care for. We’re also hosting several infection control resources from across the sector.

Learn more and enrol: infection control e-learning course

Skills for Health: Covid-19 resources

This free online resource has been developed for those working in the public sector, particularly key workers, to learn about Covid-19, symptoms, infection prevention, investigation, guidance and support.

The content now includes additional information and training on infection prevention, PPE, hand and respiratory hygiene, management and assessment, sampling and testing, patient transfers/managing patients and much more, to support you in your role.

Access the updated course.

If you have colleagues who would like to take the course, please direct them to the Skills for Health website.

E-learning for healthcare: Covid-19 programme

This programme has been created by Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. The programme includes key materials to help the health and care workforce respond to Coronavirus.

IPC refresher training

The NEL Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) team has agreed with NHS England and NHS Improvement (London) and the five STP primary care leads across London, to re-purpose the GP and Dental visits IPC SLA in order to support the changing needs of Primary Care. This revised service model has been up and running since June 2020. Due to the growing demands for teaching and advice sessions, we are running monthly IPC refresher webinars.