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This handbook identifies current national policy, guidance and supporting materials in relation to the infection prevention and control of healthcare associated infections (HCAI) and antimicrobial stewardship in order to aid in the reduction of antimicrobial resistance. It is designed to assist local health and social care professionals in quickly retrieving relevant information provided by Public Health England, the Department of Health and a wide variety of key stakeholders.
The handbook includes supporting materials relating to:
strategy and national guidance
policy and recommendations
education and training
guidance and tools
This document forms part of the work outlined in UK 5 year antimicrobial resistance (AMR) strategy 2013-2018, annual progress report and implementation plan (2014). It was developed in order to address, in part, the need to streamline, standardise and simplify approaches as requested by the national IPC steering group.