Healthcare associated infection (HCAI): operational guidance and standards

This guidance provides the steps health protection teams will need to take to make sure they meet healthcare associated infections (HCAIs) standards.



This guidance, for health protection teams (formerly Health Protection Units (HPUs)) and other regional and national Public Health England (PHE) staff, describes:

  • actions that health protection teams and others need to undertake to help reduce the risks of HCAIs in local health and social care settings

  • the PHE governance framework required to underpin these responsibilities in partnership with their local health and social care economy (of health and social care providers, commissioners, regulators and performance managers).