Infection Prevention and Control

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 email address and telephone number will be monitored by Dee Malone who has significant experience in IPC, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm.

Contact details for PPE procurement

The email address is monitored 7 days a week, including bank holidays.

More information, including emergency PPE procurement can be found below.

Please note, the team will not provide clinical advice on the management of individual patients.

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.

Across North Central London, local authorities and NHS organisations are working together to address the challenge of obtaining and distributing PPE that cannot be sourced through existing procurement routes or via the national PPE supply channel.

To support distribution, a centralised NCL procurement network has been established. The network consists of:

  • A robust NCL system underpinned by borough-based local authority and primary care delivery hubs to assist rapid distribution.
  • A stock reporting system to assess local usage and assist with longer term planning.
  • Support for organisations providing healthcare sitting outside usual NHS distribution channels such as hospices and private hospitals.
  • A website with procurement guidance and individual procurement support provided via email monitored 7 days a week.
  • Weekly support calls with local authority and primary care leads to identify local issues.
  • A system of mutual aid to address local acute shortages and share equipment across NCL.
  • Links to daily NHSE briefings for up-to-date information.
  • Access to specialist infection control expertise through a dedicated email and website information.

Webinar support for care homes and GPs to discuss infection control and PPE procurement issues.

Equipment

Limited equipment is available via the NCL distribution hub. Available are:

  1. Surgical Face Masks
  2. FF3 Masks
  3. Disposable Aprons
  4. Alcohol based hand rub
  5. Eye protection.

Support with specific procurement enquires can be accessed via email: ncl.covidprocurement@nhs.net

The email is monitored frequently 7 days a week and available supplies are delivered within 24 hours of the request.

Ordering Emergency PPE for primary care organisations in NCL

In each borough a PPE hub has been set up to enable emergency equipment to be distributed efficiently. Hub receive weekly top up deliveries via the NCL network. Leads for each network are set out below:

Borough Hub Address Contact
Barnet Barnet GP Federation, 311 Ballards Lane, Finchley, N12 8LY Teresa Callum teresa.callum@nhs.net
Camden Camden Health Evolution & Haverstock Healthcare Ltd, 6 Peckwater St, Kentish Town, London NW5 2UP Beth Nelson bethany.nelson@nhs.net  
Enfield Enfield GP Federation, Enfield Healthcare Co-operative, (t/a Enfield GP Federation), Level 2, Evergreen PCC, 1 Smythe Close, Edmonton, N9 0TW Renata Chavda renata.chavda@nhs.net or enfield.healthcare@nhs.net
Haringey Hornsey Central Neighbourhood Health Centre, 151 Park Rd, Crouch End, London N8 8JD Jana Lloyd                             jana.lloyd1@nhs.net
Islington Islington GP Federation, 16-18 The Studios, 8 Hornsey Street, London N7 8EG Katie Butler               katie.butler3@nhs.net

Ordering PPE for social care and community organisations in NCL

In each local authority a PPE hub has been set up to enable emergency equipment to be distributed efficiently. Hub receive weekly top up deliveries via the NCL network. Leads for each network are set out below.

The leads for each borough are as follows:

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. https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/coronavirus/

Date Time Topic
Wednesday 10 June 1.00pm – 2.00pm Coronavirus Care Pathway (dealing with suspected cases) – latest guidance
Wednesday 17 June 2.00pm – 3.00pm Supporting residents with a learning disability / MH condition / dementia / challenging behaviour during COVID
Wednesday 24 June 2.00pm – 3.00pm NHS Mail / Digital support to care providers during COVID
Wednesday 1 July 2.00pm – 3.00pm Clinical Support to Care Homes – changes to primary care / MDT expectations; pharmacy support to care homes
Wednesday 8 July 2.00pm – 3.00pm Talking to relatives / supporting staff wellbeing during COVID

Please contact Christina Sheils at Christina.Sheils@Barnet.gov.uk to receive an invite through Microsoft teams.

Weekly webinars for Primary Care continue every Thursday please contact Vijaya Ravindran at vijaya.ravindran@nhs.net to receive an invite through Microsoft teams.

The Infection Prevention Control/PPE and testing webinars for care homes and care providers are being held each week every Thursday between 2pm and 4 pm and can be accessed via the links below.

DateTimeTrainerMS Teams link
Thursday 6 August1.00pm – 3.00pmHelen BrisbaneJoin Microsoft Teams Meeting
Thursday 13 August2.00pm – 4.00pmRos MurphyJoin Microsoft Teams Meeting
Thursday 20 August2.00pm – 4.00pmAmita ShahJoin Microsoft Teams Meeting
Thursday 27 August2.00pm – 4.00pmLaura RosarioJoin Microsoft Teams Meeting
Thursday 3 September2.00pm – 4.00pmRos MurphyJoin Microsoft Teams Meeting
Thursday 10 September2.00pm – 4.00pmLaura RosarioJoin Microsoft Teams Meeting
Thursday 17 September2.00pm – 4.00pmAmita ShahJoin Microsoft Teams Meeting
Thursday 24 September2.00pm – 4.00pmHelen BrisbaneJoin Microsoft Teams Meeting
Thursday 1 October2.00pm – 4.00pmHelen BrisbaneJoin Microsoft Teams Meeting
Thursday 8 October2.00pm – 4.00pmLaura RosarioJoin Microsoft Teams Meeting
Thursday 15 October2.00pm – 4.00pmAmita ShahJoin Microsoft Teams Meeting
Thursday 22 October2.00pm – 4.00pmRos MurphyJoin Microsoft Teams Meeting
Thursday 29 October2.00pm – 4.00pmLaura RosarioJoin Microsoft Teams Meeting